How to Remove a Tattoo at Home?
Once you have got yourself inked, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to remove the inked letters or designs on your skin. Dermabrasion, surgical excision and laser treatment are effective but expensive ways to remove a tattoo. Go over these instructions to remove your skin art at home quickly and in a less painful manner. You will not need specialists but would be able to make your removal as healthy and natural as possible.
Removing Tattoos at Home
Tattoos, seen as a form of self-expression, has been around for longer than you think. However, it is only recently that the skepticism around this body art has started to vanish and more and more people are taking it up to deck themselves or others up. However, the fact that they are permanent is possibly one of the major advantages as well as disadvantages of this form of body art. The name of a forgotten partner you do not want to keep, workplace restrictions or change of heart about a belief are some of the main reasons why people often think about going for a tattoo removal.
These are some well-proven steps that you can take to remove your tattoo safely and as less painfully as possible. Take your tattoo off with this simple home remedy, which is also known sometimes as “Salabrasion”. It is one of the powerful home remedies known to make a tattoo fade naturally.
Make up your mind
Be sure that you really wish to take off your tattoo. Once you have started the process, there is no going back for you. If you feel getting tattooed in haste was a mistake, removing it on impulse would be a greater one. Take a long hard look at the inked zone in your mirror. Go ahead only if you are sure you really wish to remove it.
Gather the items
Once you are determined, it is necessary for you to gather all the tools you need. These include:
· A shaving razor
· A hand towel
· A bowl of water
· An unscented antibacterial soap/sudsing emulsion agent
· A gauze sponge
· A cup containing 2 tbsp of ground salt
· An antibiotic cream
· A sterile bandage or gauze
Boil water in a medium-sized bowl of to disinfect it. Allow it to cool as you proceed to the other steps.
Shave the region
Shave the tattooed region to remove any hair. This would make the process more effective and less painful for you.
Clean the area
Use a non-fragrant antibacterial soap or sudsing emulsion agent and some slightly warm water to wash the inked spot. This would disinfect the region. Use the hand towel to pat the area dry. You may ask your doctor to prescribe you a good antibacterial sudsing emulsion agent for better results.
Apply warm compresses
Dip a cloth into the boiled water to make it moist. Press the warm, moist cloth onto your tattooed area to make it slightly wet. This will make the process of tattoo removal much easier and less painful.
Salinate sponge and water
Dip the gauze sponge into the still warm water to moisten it. Roll it repeatedly through a small pile of ground salt. This would help salinate the water absorbed in it. Ground salt is an effective exfoliating agent and rubbing it over the skin can help remove several layers of the latter. Continue rolling the sponge until the salt stops dissolving into it.
Rub the tattoo
Rub the inked region with the wet sponge for around 30-40 minutes or until your skin takes on a crimson appearance. Allow the sponge time to dry. You may experience a little pain after rubbing as the salt acts as an anesthetic.
Clean the area
Wait for about 2 hours. Once the spot has dried, wash it thoroughly with cold water for 5-10 minutes. You will notice some ink wash away as you rinse the spot with water. If there is any bleeding, soak a fresh hand cloth in hydrogen peroxide and press over the area. This would disinfect the zone and protect it from infection. You can apply some vitamin E on the spot to reduce scar tissue and promote quicker healing. Vitamin E also helps reduce pain and inflammation of tissues.
Cover the spot
Let the tattooed area dry itself. You may also use a clean hand cloth to pat the region dry before applying some antibiotic cream over it. Use a sterile bandage/ gauze to cover the region and hold it in place with a first aid tape. This will protect the area from infection.
Check for infection
Take the dressing off after three days to check the region. If the area has reddened or become severely painful, it might be infected. It is necessary for you to consult a physician if you suspect a case of infection.
If there is minor scab formation, wait for the scab to fall off. The inked region would be lighter in appearance. Repeat the process until the ink has faded significantly. The process works for both fresh and old and black-and-white as well as color tattoos.
Points to note:
· Apply antiseptic ointment and also apply a strip of sterile gauze on the treated region after each application.
· Use ground salt. Avoid sea salt, as it may hurt your skin.
· It is sensible to avoid this treatment if you have recently hurt or cut the area in some way. Salt can cause pain if your skin is torn.
· The process may leave large scars if carried out improperly. If you are not sure you can do this in the right way, seek professional help instead to remove your tattoo. The spot can feel numb and itchy for several days after a treatment session. However, the results can be worthwhile if you are ready to tolerate such issues.
Removing Tattoos with Creams
There is mixed response about the effectuality of creams in removing tattoos. While some of our friends have got good results with certain brands, others saw little benefits in using them. Make sure that you do some research about a cream if you are planning to use it for getting rid of your inked spot. Tattoo removal creams reportedly seep into the inked region and disintegrate the pigment of the skin. This helps you get rid of the layers of ink embedded along with the pigment. However, people with hard or thick skin are less likely to benefit from such usage. This is because the body would find it harder to absorb the ointment and break down the pigment.
You are not likely to experience any side-effects from usage of creams, unless you are not using from a trusted and reputed brand. People with sensitive skin tend to experience rashes with creams, which is completely normal.
UnInked! The Complete Guide to Tattoo Removal by Erika Finn.
Tattoo Removal: The Modern Guide to Tattoo Removal and Fading by Pete Peterson.
Tattoo Removal Information You Need To Know! by Jerry Montgomery.
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