Tattoos have become a common fashion trend in the past few years. With many people getting tattoos every year, the number of people asking how to remove them is also increasing.
Tattoos are forever, so it is important to choose your artist carefully. The art is being put into the skin forever, so you want to be sure that the artist is putting in good art that is permanent.
Many people opt for semi-permanent tattoos or fake tattoos to help them feel better about getting rid of them. Once you have decided you want to remove your tattoo, then you need to know how to do so safely.
Tattoo removal machines have gotten much more high-tech than just a machine with a set frequency of pulses. Now, they can function with various frequencies and levels of intensity to better target and remove specific ink molecules.
2) How does it work?
Cocoa butter and sea salt work in harmony to help remove tattoos. Cocoa butter provides a soft, smooth texture that helps massage the tattoo off the skin.
Sea salt exfoliates the skin, helping reveal fresh new skin underneath the tattoo. When you wash your hands, the water will rinse away the dried up layers of skin, leaving just the new smooth skin.
By using both of these ingredients in your removal cream, you ensure that all of the layers of skin are broken down and removed. The hardest part is getting all of the tattoo off- even beneath the layers of soft cocoa butter!
Some people use different creams or lotions to massage the ink off- only using cocoa butter will not work. It must be soft enough to allow for gentle massaging to remove the tattoo.
3) Who can use it?
This method can be used by anyone! It does not matter if you are a professional tattoo artist or a newbie, this works for everyone. As said before, you just have to find the right cocoa butter and sea salt blend.
Some people may argue that it is difficult to make and gather all of the needed ingredients and supplies, but it is not hard at all. Many resources provide you with all of the supplies you need to make it and how to do so!
Just make sure you gather high quality ingredients and supplies to get the best results. Poor quality salt and butter may not remove the tattoo, so be sure to use good quality ones.
Some people with sensitive skin may experience some irritation, but that depends on the person.
4) Are there any side effects?
While exfoliation techniques are safe, you will notice some slight skin peeling and/or a mild sunburn-like feeling the following day. This is normal and will subside within a few hours.
Paraben-free exfoliators will not dry out the skin as much, making this method of tattoo removal safer for sensitive skin types.
Those with darker skin may find it more difficult to recognize the tattoo removal process due to the same in color of the exfoliated skin cells and new ink.
Scielo provides some additional information on how to prevent side effects via the type of exfoliant used. They recommend using an oil-based exfoliant instead of a water-based one to reduce slipping and drying out of the skin. Oil stays on the surface of the skin rather than soaking in, so there is more protection from that aspect.
How does it work?
Cocoa butter and sea salt remove tattoo by gradually fading the ink. This process can take several weeks or months, depending on how thick the tattoo is and how many layers of cocoa butter and sea salt you apply.
By constantly rubbing the tattoo with cocoa butter and sea salt, the skin cell turnover is increased. New cells are raised which are lighter in color than the tattoo ink. This exposes the darker underlying skin which looks like new skin– it is the natural look that you are going for!
Depending on how soon you begin this process after getting a tattoo, it may take longer due to thicker ink. Once all of the ink has been exposed as new skin, then your tattoo is removed.
The slower this process occurs, the less painful it is due to less layers of dried up skin being removed.
Who can use it?
This method can be used by anyone. It does not matter if you are a professional tattoo artist or just someone who likes to do tattoos at home, anyone can use this method to remove their tattoo.
It is recommended, however, that you get your tattoo removed by an expert in professionally removing tattoos. Professionals have the tools and knowledge to remove tattoos faster and with less pain than amateurs.
This is because they know where to place the laser so that it will hit the melanin in the tattoo and heat it up without affecting the rest of the skin. Amateurs may have a harder time with this due to lack of knowledge.
Getting your tattoo removed by a professional also reduces the risk of getting a new scar or developing a skin cancer on your skin due to their accurate placement of the laser.
Are there any side effects?
While there are no known risks of tattoo removal with laser or plasma treatment, you may experience some side effects. Most people report mild to moderate discomfort during the treatment session.
Some people report a burning or stinging sensation, while others describe it as uncomfortable or painful. Many clients report that the pain is manageable with normal pain relievers.
Others feel nothing at all during the treatment due to high levels of anxiety. These people may only notice symptoms later when the tattoo is gone.
There are also some cases where people develop lightened skin or temporary darkening of the skin called hyperpigmentation. This is common after tattoo removal and doesn’t necessarily mean your skin is damaged. It can be treated with topical creams.
Does it work?
This method is not very common, and many people have tried it to no avail. Most who try it report that it works slightly, but not completely.
Overall, this method is not one of the most proven methods to remove a tattoo. However, it is not harmful so you can still try it if you want!
Many people use this in conjunction with other methods to help remove their tattoos. Some use it with laser removal or dermatological creams to help slough off the top layer of skin where the tattoo ink resides.
Overall, this may be a good addition to your removal kit, but don’t expect it to work completely on its own. It may work best as a primer for other methods, however.