Are you thinking about having a tattoo removal? Tattooing has been practices for hundreds of years in different countries with different cultures. Modern tattoos used to be considered permanent because tattoo ink is extremely hard to be extracted from the dermis layer of the skin (please refer to the below image). However, due to the advancement of technology nowadays, it comes to no surprise that tattoos can now be removed more effectively. In this post, we will give you an answer to the question “does tattoo removal cream work?”
How does Tattoo Removal Cream work
To learn about Tattoo Removal Cream, the first thing you need to know how Tattoo Removal Cream works. If you ask certified dermatologists whether tat removal creams work, 11 out of 10 will tell you there is no evidence that it works. On the contrary, they might even tell you that it is not safe to use. So why do so many people preach about tattoo removal cream? Tattoo removal cream contains chemical that mix with the tattoo ink which is located in the dermis layer of skin. The body’s immune system will reject the mix of the chemical and ink to the outer layer by the formation of a scab. Eventually the scab will fall off. This is regarded as a much less painful process compared to a laser tattoo removal. Many also use the creams to lighten the tattoo before receiving a proper laser tattoo removal.
How long does it take?
There is no a fixed answer to this question. Depending on the color, size and ink quality of the tattoo, it can take up to a number of months.
Factors determining the success of removal
Similar to what we have talked about in Factors Determining the Success of Tattoo Removal, the success rate is definitely not 100% when it comes to tattoo removal cream. What we mean by a successful removal is the complete removal of ink that does not leave an obvious scar or result in any after-problems such as infections. Immune system, size, color and quality of ink are all possible contributing factors.
Cost of Tattoo removal cream
A tattoo can be cheap to get but the cost can be skyrocket high when it comes to tattoo removal. Previously we have talked about the expensive cost of a laser tattoo removal. On the contrary, tattoo removal creams can be cheaper than a hundred bucks and that is one of the reasons why tat removal cream is famous.
Safety of Tattoo Removal Cream
Safety has been a widely known concern for the users of tattoo removal cream. On one hand, you will hear clinics telling the customers not to use tattoo removal cream because there is no scientific proof on the safety. On the other hand, you will hear tattoo removal cream sellers boasting about the safety of the cream. So who is right? The first and foremost information you have to check is the ingredients in the cream. If it contains the chemical hydroquinone and Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), our recommendation is to avoid using it. Research shows that the former is cancer causing and the latter burns off your skin. If you do not want to risk having cancer and leaving a scar, avoid creams with these two ingredients.
After all, playing on the safe side for the sake of health is of utmost importance. If you would like to have a tattoo removal, it is still the best for you to consult a certified dermatologist instead of using your body for a trial. If you really cannot afford the cost of consultation, it is advisable to do more research on the internet on the ingredients of the creams, on top of the two that we have mentioned.
We hope this post will help you make a better and wise decision. Good luck to your tattoo removal!