Tattoo removal creams: do they actually work?

Tattoo removal creams: do they actually work?

Getting a tattoo is great as long as you are convinced you that love it. If at some point you decide you don't want that on your skin anymore, uh-oh, what then?

If you happen to have a tattoo you do not want to have anymore, there aren't many options. You can either live with it, pay a fortune to have it removed, or, well, now you can also use a tattoo-removal cream and get rid of it yourself. Of course, there are a lot of questions about this. Here are some answers.

What is a tattoo-removal cream?

What is a tattoo-removal cream?

Pretty self-explanatory, a tattoo removal cream claims to diminish the appearance of ink on your skin. “They claim to remove tattoos by bleaching or peeling away the top layer of your skin and allowing for the release of tattoo pigment,” explains Robyn Gmyrek, a board-certified dermatologist at Park View Laser Dermatology in New York City.

How does it work?

As stated before, these creams work by sloughing the outer layers of your skin. The only problem is that, sometimes, these creams can penetrate deeper to the upper level of your dermis, which can be dangerous. Plus, it is worth noting that the use of these creams is not regulated. And this brings us to our next question.

Is it safe?

Is it safe?

Let's not sugar-coat things: tattoo removal creams are not only not safe, but they don't work, either. Dermatologists agree that these creams have powerful formulas that will, alright, lighten the ink on your skin, but they won't get rid of it. “These creams only penetrate the top layer of the skin, called the epidermis, but the tattoo ink is injected into the deeper layer of your skin called the dermis,” Gmyrek explains. So you will end up with a cleared tattoo that looks bad, and you could potentially hurt yourself. Is it worth the try? Probably not.

Are there any safe tattoo-removal options?

The most effective one is laser removal, but the process can be quite painful (more than actually getting the tattoo done). However, you can break up the treatment to make it more manageable. A single session can cost around 200-500 dollars, so it ends up being quite expensive.

Bottom line

Tattoos are permanent!

You've heard this one before, but tattoos are permanent. Removing them is either dangerous, ineffective, or painful and expensive. So make sure you get something you really like or something you can live with even when you don't like it anymore!

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