If you have gotten a tattoo recently and do not like the results the good news is the ink can be removed. The bad news is that removing tattoo ink is not quick, so whatever method of removal that you try may take repeated applications to fully erase the ink. Here are some possible ways to remove all fresh ink.
- Laser Removal
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Using Sand
- Aloe Vera and Honey
- Creams and Ointments
Ways to Remove Fresh Tattoo Ink from Your Skin
1. Laser Removal
Laser tattoo removal is probably one of the best alternatives you have for getting rid of unwanted body art. Laser removal is virtually painless and is not likely to cause damage to your skin. It can take several treatments before the ink is removed, and there are no guarantees that the laser will be able to eradicate all of the ink.
The pulses of light emitted by the laser break up the ink and allow it to be removed naturally by the body. This is a non-invasive measure. Pain is not a part of the procedure because the light pulses do not burn or injure you.
You can have this procedure done in a salon or by a tattoo artist, and you can even order a home laser to use in the privacy of your own home. The home lasers are normally not as powerful as the ones in the tattoo shop so the process can take much longer if you choose a DIY option.
Salabrasion is a tattoo removal procedure that incorporates salt or sodium chloride and a little scrubbing to try and lighten or remove unwanted ink. This is probably the oldest method of at-home tattoo removal.
To do this you will need to mix a small amount of lemon juice with 6 tablespoons of table salt. You want to create a paste so start with only a few tablespoons of juice and you can add more if you need it. Stir this together until you have a thick paste.
Apply the paste to a piece of gauze or cotton fabric. You want to rub the paste onto the tattoo and you want the paste to be thick enough to cling to the tattoo. Once you have the paste applied to the entire tattoo then you can let it sit on the skin for no less than thirty minutes. This is a non-toxic mixture and should cause no harm if it remains on the skin for an hour or more.
Rinse the salt away and repeat the process daily until the tattoo fades away.
This method is safe and non-toxic but it does have the tendency to degrade the skin. You can dry the skin around the tattoo out and irritate it greatly using this method. Your skin can become inflamed, reddened, and even scarred by this process.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Another home applicable treatment people use to lighten or remove tattoo ink is the application of hydrogen peroxide. This method involves both exfoliation and hydrogen peroxide. This method of removal can be effective but takes several treatments, and persistence to completely eradicate the ink.
To start with you must choose an exfoliation method and use it on the surface of your skin for about ten minutes before you apply the peroxide. You can use a salt or sugar scrub to do the exfoliation. Many people use a sugar scrub that combines coconut oil so they can also keep the skin hydrated.
After exfoliating for at least ten minutes using a cotton ball to apply hydrogen peroxide to the area. Do not rinse away the hydrogen peroxide but let it naturally dry on the skin.
4. Using Sand
Sand can be used as a method of scrubbing away a tattoo. The sand has proven to be very effective at removing the stick and poke tattoos that are not color-packed.
Warning: This method of tattoo removal is painful and is very likely to cause skin damages to the area around the tattoo.
The idea is to take sand and rub it over the skin to file away the layers of skin until you reach the ink. The ink then bleeds out of the skin from the wound. This is painful. You need to continuously rub the sand into the area until you have started making yourself bleed so you have created an open wound that can get infected, or leave a permeant scar in place of the tattoo.
5. Aloe Vera and Honey
There are many claims that applying a mixture of aloe vera and honey can lighten or remove an unwanted tattoo. If you have a shallow surface tattoo it is very possible that these ingredients will reduce the appearance of the ink or even cause the ink to fade completely away.
Most people make a mixture of allowing vera and honey and apply the mixture to the tattoo about four times a day. You need to allow the mixture to remain in contact with the skin for long periods of time, at least half an hour before you wash it away.
You can use the aloe by itself for this treatment. If you use the aloe without the honey it is recommended that you apply it and do not rinse it away. The aloe should do nothing to damage or irritate your skin and can make the skin healthier because it moisturizes and hydrates.
6. Creams and Ointments
There are a wide variety of creams and ointments that you can buy that are designed to help lighten the appearance of a tattoo. Many of these products will work over a period of time, and most of them are safe. Read the ingredient list carefully before applying anything to your skin, and do not expect overnight results.
People Asked More About Fresh Tattoo Ink
Can fresh tattoos be removed at home?
Tattoo ink can be lightened and sometimes removed with at-home therapy using a variety of methods and ingredients. The most effective method of getting rid of an unwanted tattoo is to visit a tattoo removal specialist and allow them to evaluate your ink and suggest the easiest, and most painless method of removal. Remember that some inks are easier to remove than others, and some people respond to treatments that are thought to be safe with allergic-style reactions.
Will lemon juice remove fresh tattoo ink?
There are a lot of claims that lemon juice can help to lighten or cause tattoo ink to fade. The fading of the ink is not a quick process and it can take months of repeated exposure to lemon juice, or other natural ingredients before a tattoo fade sufficiently. Lemon juice is often paired with exfoliation or salabrasion to remove tattoos.
Can you remove fresh tattoo ink in one day?
The only one-day method of removing a tattoo is a surgical removal done by a licensed professional. There are no home remedies or non-invasive measures that will remove a tattoo in this amount of time.
Is it easier to remove fresh tattoo ink or old tattoo ink?
Older tattoos are easier to remove because the ink is already starting to fade. Tattoos are placed in about the 3rd layer of skin. Each day little pieces of your skin flecks away and new skin cells are grown to replace them. This process creates an opportunity for the ink of a tattoo to get closer to the top layer of skin and be broken up by the body and removed.