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The most dangerous at home tattoo removal methods

4th February 2015

It’s not uncommon for people to regret getting inked; it might be a painful reminder of a past love, a difficult experience, or you might just not like it anymore. Whatever your reason, safety should always be the number one priority when considering tattoo removal.

Unfortunately, tattoo removal does not have a quick, easy solution, unless you have a high pain threshold and don’t care about scarring. Here are some of the methods people have used to get rid of their ink that you should avoid:

Tattoo removal cream

This is one of the most advertised at-home removal methods that will promise an easy, pain-free experience. They are supposed to be applied multiple times over a period of time and claim to fade the tattoo until gone. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to suggest these creams actually work and you could find yourself spending a lot of money on the product before giving up.

It’s also worth mentioning that these creams are likely to contain strong chemicals and if you have sensitive skin it could cause massive irritation and often cause burning regardless of your skin type.


One of the more extreme tattoo removal methods is sanding it off. This involves using abrasive materials, like sand paper or pumice stones to remove the top layers of skin where the ink sits.

There are a number of issues with this; it will be incredibly painful, is very dangerous and could easily lead to infection if not carried out properly.


Salabrasion is similar to sanding, but involves using a salt solution to scrub the tattoo away. This will take longer than sanding but can be just as painful and dangerous.

Consider your options

If you are set on removing your tattoo, it’s worth investing both time and money to ensure you are using the safest and most reliable method. Book an appointment with a dermatologist who will be able to give you personalised advice about your tat.

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