Tattoo regrets. Yes, it happens!
Sometimes people just make bad decisions. And yes, I heard all the arguments. You should really think about a tattoo, you should embrace your ink when you have it, etc.. But you know, life changes. And that’s a good thing.
My Brother got a tattoo at his then girlfriends house. She’s from Thailand and hosted a monk (I’m not too familiar with the culture, but it seems that’s a normal thing for traveling monks…). The monk called himself a tattoo artist. And yes, my brother got a tiger on his upper arm. Turns out the monk wasn’t that much of tattoo artist and the tiger looked awful as hell.
Was that a good decision? No, it wasn’t. But he was in love, it seemed like a good idea then. And that’s how life works.
What do you think was the first thing he wanted to do after that thing healed off? Get rid of it for sure!
The New Snake Oil?
Laser surgery costs a lot when it comes to tattoo removal, so people often look for other ways to remove their tattoos. Many medical treatments of the past turned out useless or even detrimental—I’m looking at you, lobotomies.
That said, in the information age, people naturally seek out homeopathic therapies and alternative ways to treat maladies that makes sense to them on a personal scale. Sorting through these treatments to filter out the snake oil proves difficult, and the same applies to tattoo removal cream. Can it remove tattoos? How does it work? Is it harmful? In today’s article, we answer all these questions and more. Or at least, to the best of our ability. We’re not doctors.
Does Tattoo Removal Cream Work?
The answer to this is a little complicated, because whether tattoo removal cream works or not depends on what you expect it to do. Tattoo removal cream definitely fades tattoos, but it does not remove the ink completely. It also takes months of effort before you see it pay off. Many of the before and after images of tattoo removal cream show that the ink of large tattoos remains visible. Outlines, in particular, take a long amount of time to fade. All tattoo removal creams work gradually—and you get nowhere by covering small pieces of a tattoo at a time.
What’s more, tattoo removal cream never shows an effect on the first application. When you start to read through ratings on e-commerce platforms you’ll see a common ground. People try it for a day, two or three and expect the tattoo to be already faded or to be gone for good already. That’s not how this works! So if this is your expectation, stay clear from any tattoo removal cream! And btw. if this is your expectation, you’re not going to be happy with a laser tattoo removal either. That takes multiple sessions and a lot of time for the skin to heal too.
Tattoo Removal Cream That Works!
Just because tattoo removal cream doesn’t completely remove a tattoo, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically useless. Tattoos always prove difficult to remove, since they dwell on the bottom layer of your skin, and most topical and surgical methods only scratch the top few layers of your skin. If surgery sounds terrible, tattoo removal creams work for fading your tattoo. It essentially speeds up the natural process of fading that all tattoos undergo. And, to give it some credit, it removes tattoo pigments quite easily!
Naturally, whether or not it works depends on your skin and body type. Someone with healthy skin will recover easily from the effects of the tattoo removal cream. Eating lots of nutrient-rich foods helps your skin and immune system keep up with treatment. While not everyone manages to stick with their diet plan, the ones that do notice that these tattoo removal creams work better for them. So, when you read these reviews, keep that in mind! Not everyone sees the same effects, but with good health and perseverance, you see awesome results.
How Do Tattoo Removal Cream Work?
There are two main methods. Although only one of them can be considered to be a cream. Most high percentage of TCA products are not creams. There are simply acids that aggressively peel of your skin. If you get rid of your skin, you will eventually also get rid of your tattoo. Aggressive skin peelings can leave scaring as the skin needs to regenerate. That’s why I left those type of products out here.
So, let’s go back to the actual creams. In essence, they work all in the same way. They help your body to break up the tattoo ink in your skin and support faster disposal. So something like a turbocharger for your own body tattoo ink disposal process (oversimplified). In detail, the actual removal cream tries to break up the ink particles in your skin so they can be absorbed by your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is your own detox mechanism. The more toxins the lymphatic nodes need to handle, the more support it needs from you.
Now you’re beginning to see all the factors involved. How and how fast it works depends on the used type of tattoo ink, the color of the ink, your bodies capabilities of breaking the link up and dispose of it, and your own willingness to support that process over a long period of time.
Tattoo Removal Cream Results
So, does tattoo removal cream work? Yes, since it gradually fades your tattoo and remains a cheap alternative to surgical methods or laser removal. If you have any kind of skin condition, avoid tattoo removal cream. These creams work by bleaching the skin. The chemicals never completely pierce through to the layer that the tattoo is resting on, but the stuff that manages to leak through can fade it.
Since the prime component is a bleach-like substance, expect repetitive use to irritate your skin and possibly cause complications (just like any other cleaning chemical applied to your skin frequently). Also, note that not everyone’s skin responds in the same way. Plenty of people see no result from the products no matter how much they use. To them, I recommend a healthy diet, some multivitamins, and a planner to make sure they use the creams properly. At the same time, laser tattoo removal surgery also damages your skin and has to be applied in stages to avoid permanently scarring your skin.
So, the really short summary is they work to a certain extent. They will fade a tattoo. But you’re in for the long run. It can take six months plus till you start to see any fading at all. Check out all available options for tattoo removal on our overview here.
Tattoo Removal Cream Reviews
As far as scientific studies go, their efficacy is still pending. Several studies show their successful application, but these studies are still undergoing peer review or unsure of the reasons that make them successful. The FDA and several other medical associations have actually spoken out against the claims of tattoo removal creams, but they also speak out against most forms of body modification, so take that with a grain of salt. The main ingredient of most of these creams, trichloroacetic acid, can and will cause very bad burns to your skin if you use these tattoo removal creams at the intensity that would remove a tattoo. So, instead of removing a tattoo, you would be left with an ink-filled scar. The solution? Just like laser removal, you need to apply these in small doses and expect them to work slowly. Trichloroacetic acid chemicals peel skin and professional dermatologists use them for this very purpose.
Tattoo Removal Cream Ratings
Looking at the experience of actual tattoo removal cream users, we see some similar sentiments. Wrecking Balm reviews on Amazon.com show that it works a little better than the rest of the creams on the market. I suspect that has more to do with brand than efficacy, as most removal creams use the same active ingredients. Those that used it successfully have complained about the monetary commitment it requires, but it still beats laser surgery in price and occurs so gradually that your wallet never feels a dent. Drinking some liquor and sanding off the tattoo might cost less than any other tattoo method, but there’s a reason no one uses it. Retailers, such as Walmart and Walgreens, sell Wrecking Balm and Evanesco Creams—showing just how well these products work.
Once again, keep in mind that many of these work poorly on skin. They come with a set of side effects, each of which I already described in this article. If one doesn’t do the trick, switch to another brand. If you see no progress after a year, chalk it up to poor skin type and save up for laser removal surgery. This treatment isn’t for everyone, but it’s well worth trying if you know how to dedicate yourself and take care of your body.
So, the really short summary is they work to a certain extent. They will fade a tattoo. But you’re in for the long run. It can take six months plus till you start to see any fading at all.
The 3 Best Tattoo Removal Creams
|Product||Name||Type||Buy on Amazon|
|Wrecking Balm Tattoo Fade System||Removal Cream|
|Tat B Gone Tattoo Removal System||Removal Cream|
|ProFade Tattoo Removal Cream||Removal Cream|
Wrecking Balm Tattoo Removal Cream
For sure, this ranks among the most popular creams. It wouldn’t be up at the top of the list if it didn’t work. Out of all these tattoo creams, this one shows the most success. Of course, some people still see no progress, but Wrecking Balm nonetheless boasts the best ratio of successes. It’s not only a cream. It’s a system. The package includes several types of creams, a concealer, and a microdermabrasion applicator. The creams are simply explained the tattoo removal cream itself and moisturizing cream for the “aftercare”.
You’ll need to apply the removal cream with the microdermabrasion applicator for 3 minutes every other day. After you did that, you apply the moisturizing cream to help your skin to heal and if you want to hide your tattoo, that’s what the concealer is for. If you need that one or not is up to you and has no impact on the fading process as far as I can tell. The Wrecking Balm Tattoo Fade System is by far the most sold one on this list. Price wise it is actually the cheapest one on that list. So, if you want to get your feet wet and try a tattoo removal cream, then this one is great one to start with.
Tat B Gone Tattoo Removal System
You find both users who claim success using Tat B Gone and others who notice only small effects. The strict and absolute application, twice per day, over several months, makes up the key element of the removal system. Two types of creams are involved in this system here and you don’t need any kind of apparatus to apply them. Pure cream this time. It’s again oversimplified one cream that prepares your skin for the actual removal cream and the actual removal cream. The actual removal cream is, like the other ones, designed to break up the ink particles in your skin and get the ink disposed of via your bodies regular processes. Just follow the 2 step process continuously and you have a good chance to see results. Price wise this is in the upper end. But it’s also the best rated amongst the three on this list.
ProFade Tattoo Removal Cream
Profane claims that when used daily, it helps to fade a tattoo within 3-9 months, depending on the ink initially used. Feedback is mixed, which means it probably depends on your personal health. Eat a healthy diet and hope for the best! This is a 3-step system. Again cream only. Price wise, this is the middle ground.
Tattoo Removal Cream Cost
But, even for people who see unsatisfactory results, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line for people wanting creams and lotions instead of laser therapy. A recent breakthrough in tattoo removal technology has created a topical cream works spectacularly in clinical trials. The process does not involve acid, and will actually be anti-inflammatory! The cream itself works by targeting macrophages—parts of your immune system that have absorbed the ink—and then move them to other parts of the body. The ink goes along with them and you never see the tattoo again!
The reason that tattoos are permanent is that new macrophages will consume old ones and remain in the area, essentially preventing the tattoo ink from moving. By targeting the macrophages and making them move to specific areas that are out-of-sight, this cream surpasses any other. The major factor in pursuing this research was the tattoo removal cream cost. Laser surgery requires multiple treatments that can cost in the hundreds of dollars, cumulatively. Cream is much easier to use and produce, making it ideal for people who want a cheap and non-invasive solution to remove their tattoo.
Tattoo Removal Cream Conclusion
Unfortunately, this miracle cream is not up for retail sale yet. It is still being tested and patented, but when it is finally released, you can expect to hear about it here. In the meantime, I would actually recommend using the creams we provided here. You are much better off treating your tattoo over time than waiting for the miracle cream to release. Lots of people get discouraged by the small effects of tattoo removal cream, but any more would damage your skin permanently! Whether you count yourself among people who hate laser surgery or simply people with a thin wallet, consider trying tattoo removal cream. Who knows? Maybe it will work for you!
As an aside, if you are eager to remove your tattoo, laser surgery is still your best bet, and creates fewer side effects than removal cream. It works by piercing your skin with light and feels like a bad sunburn when it’s over. It targets the ink much more efficiently and reduces the risk of scarring. Of course, to each her own! Pick the method that you think shows the best results and suits your wallet. Remember that your body belongs to you, and you always wield the power to reclaim it, despite any past ‘permanent’ decisions!
If you are interested in more tattoo news and culture, be sure to check out the rest of the articles at InkDoneRight! We also have several other articles on tattoo removal, if you are browsing for ways to correct your ink. I hope you find an affordable way to reclaim your body!