How to Remove Tattoos Yourself


Hours of thought and consideration went into the design of your tattoo, right? When you finally sat in the tattoo artist chair you were sure that tattoo was going to be your defining factor, a meaningful distinction between you and the rest of humanity. Fast forward a few years and not only has the tattoo changed but so have you. You have different values, ideals and character. So, now what? Professional tattoo removal is expensive, time consuming and painful but there are several DIY tattoo removal options that are equally as effective but much less costly.

  • Dermabrasion is a technique used to remove the top layer of skin and effectually draw the ink closer to the surface of the skin. Once the ink is drawn closer to the top of the skin, it too can be removed. This technique is done by using an abrasive substance to exfoliate the skin. In the early days a salt peter and vinegar mixture was used. Rubbed vigorously and left on the skin for days, it removed layers of skin. Today, a less painful technique of dermabrasion is to use a hand held skin buffer purchased from any department stores health and beauty section. Use as much pressure as you can stand on the tattooed area several times a week for best results. A very light grain sand paper can also be used but may be slightly more painful.

  • A chemical called Trichloroacetic Acid can be applied to the skin over the tattoo to slowly peel away layers of skin and eventually the layer which contains the ink. It is a safe chemical that is used by dermatologists to remove acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. It has been tested as a tattoo removal method and proven to have some success. It can be purchases online and in various pharmacies. Applied directly to the tattooed areas, it will cause the skin to begin peeling in two to three weeks. It should be reapplied after all peeling skin has been removed.

  • There are several tattoo removal creams available online and in department stores and pharmacies. They do work but can be a bit expensive. While they do work to considerably lighten a tattoo most do not completely remove the tattoo. The trick to getting the most out of this method is to use them exactly as the instructions say. Make sure to apply and leave on the skin according to directions. They can be purchased from any department store or pharmacy as well as online.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do your research to find out which method is best for you.
  • Be careful using a buffer on your skin. It can cause scarring
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