Tattoo Removal at Home – get the INK off!

Tattoos are the latest fashion fad and getting inked is on top of the to-do list of most youngsters. Tattoos sure are fashionable, bold statements of one’s personality and great fun. Tattoos are a popular form of body art since ages and a tattoo is created by injecting ink into the skin that changes its natural pigmentation to display an image or a message.

Why remove a tattoo?

Sometimes a tattoo turns out to be a cause of worry instead of being a style statement. Only a wearer would know where and how the tattoo might prove to be ugly and inappropriate. But this is no longer a cause of worry. You can easily remove your unwanted tattoo at home using some products and methods commonly used in most homes.

Tattoo Removal

Permanent Tattoo Removal methods

The most common and sure shot way to get a tattoo over and done with is by spending big bucks on a laser removal. The permanent and definite ways to remove a tattoo are only by a surgical excision, laser treatment and dermabrasion (skin abrasion).

A laser would penetrate inside the skin layers to break up the pigment molecules in the tattoo, and let your immune system clear them away. Surgical excision and dermabrasion are not popular and common because they involve the physical removal of the tattooed skin completely.

All these methods require trained professionals to handle their intricacies. These professional tattoo removal treatments are the ideal choices if you want the outcome to be perfect and healthy and you are ready to pay the huge bills.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal at home

Your tattoo removal attempts can have varied results depending on the size of the bad inked area, the nature of the ink used in the tattoo, and the colours used in the tattoo.

The first thing you will need if you want to attempt a tattoo removal at home is loads of patience. Also be sure that you want this tattoo gone because once you initiate the tattoo removal process you cannot go back and it will look even uglier after attempts of removal if not completely removed.

It would be best to stick to safe and natural ingredients commonly available in any householder’s kitchen.

Methods of tattoo removal at home

  • Using Salabrasion– The most common and easy method to get rid of that unpleasant tattoo off your skin is by using the process technically called salabrasion. This is simply the scrubbing off of the tattoo with an abrasive pad that is soaked in a saline solution. Using this process you may make the tattoo less visible but it could also lead to discolouration of skin. You can try pumice stone, sand paper or a power sander and must use an antibacterial ointment to prevent infection.
  • Using a homemade exfoliator – You can apply a mixture of equal parts of apricot scrub, Aloe Vera gel and some essential oil to the tattoo. Wash it off with cold water after letting this rest for a while. Repeating this whole process two to three times every day for a few weeks might make the tattoo invisible and unnoticeable.
  • Using readymade creams at home–  If you are the lazy types and hate to make your own mixtures and get confused about proportions of ingredients you can also use readymade tattoo removal creams from the market. Repeated use of these products can make the tattoo fade away gradually. But these creams and liquids are expensive even though they are certainly safer than the other DIY methods.


All the methods of at home tattoo removal can take a very long time and still may not be successful in removing the pigment entirely making the impression look even more repulsive. Home tattoo removal can be a dangerous because you are putting your skin at severe risk of infection and scarring.

You surely do not have to live with an unwanted tattoo on your body so explore your options and chose a safe and economical way to say goodbye to the undesirable tattoo!

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Sulakshna enjoys penning down her tips on fashion, beauty and wellness. She believes in beauty being skin deep and loves to present her ideas on skin care and eating right for the goodness to reflect on the skin.

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