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How To Remove Tattoos At Home - Avoiding The Expensive Surgical Options

Secret Home Remedies To Help Remove Tattoos At Home

So you've got yourself the name of your (now ex-)girlfriend, a drunken mistake, or just something that you hate looking at tattooed on your body! You probably think you're stuck with it unless you go for the extreme option of laser treatment. But before you go down that road, STOP! There are other methods to remove tattoos!

Yes there are secret home remedies that you can go through that will help you get rid of your tattoos without having to go through laser surgery.

Read on to find out what those methods are and how you can use them.

Tattoos are a way to express yourself. They are a form of body art that have been around for a while.

The only problem with tattoos is that they are permanent! Once you get them done, removing them can be a long, painful, and expensive process.

Reasons people want to remove tattoos:

- They got one of a partners name (whom they later broke up with).

- They got something when they were young and don't like the design anymore.

- The tattoo looks unprofessional.

- They are embarrassed about it/

and plenty more reasons!

There are different methods that you can try before going for laser surgery. Check out the natural methods listed below!

Home Methods...

Home Alternatives You Can Use....

The Use Of Dermabrasion

Creating Your Own Dermabrasion.....

An alternative to the normal dermabrasion method, which typically costs anywhere from £1000, depending on the size of your tattoo.

What is Dermabrasion?

This is the method of scraping the skin off of your tattoo to remove the pigments. This method is normally done surgically which is why if you are considering it you MUST BE CAREFUL.

Home Method:

  1. Moisten your tattoo area with a warm cloth.
  2. Place half a cup of salt onto the area, due to the moisture most of the salt should stay on the area instead of falling onto the floor.
  3. Now rub the salt with the cloth on your skin, after a while the area will become red and start to bleed.
  4. Once this starts to happen you will want to quickly wash off the salt otherwise it's going to cause a bit of pain.
  5. Now, soak a new cloth in hydrogen peroxide and use it to dab the bleeding area to prevent infection.
  6. Place some vitamin E on the area (found in any store).
  7. Cover the area up with a medical gauze and until it scabs.
  8. When the scab falls off the ink will be lighter and if needed you can repeat the process to lighten the area even further.

Why Ground Salt?

Ground salt works as an exfoliating agent and can remove several layers of skin when it is combined with water and rubbed onto the skin.

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Why Hydrogen Peroxide?

This chemical agent can help prevent infection, which is a big concern if you're doing dermabrasion yourself.

Why Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is known to help speed up the healing process, reduce scar tissue, while reducing pain and inflammation.

The Use of Homemade Chemical Peel

Creating Your Own Chemical Peel

Chemical peels can be expensive, particularly if you have a large tattoo with lots of colours.

With this homemade method, you can create your own natural chemical peel that doesn't even involve the use of chemicals at all. All you need are a few ingredients you can find at home.

Home Method:

  1. Mix equal amounts of apricot scrub, natural aloe vera gel, and vitamin E oil together.
  2. With a q-tip, dab the mixture onto the tattooed area in circular motions until the whole area is covered.
  3. Let the area soak for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with cold water (make sure it is all removed).
  5. Repeat up to 4 times a day for a month and you will start to notice the ink fading.

This process may take longer to work depending on the size of your tattoo, the length of time you've had it, and the variety and brightness of the colours.

The Use of Abrasive Scrubs

For those of you that have a high pain tolerance, this one is for you.

The abrasive scrub is very effective but at the same time it is going to be very painful and can potentially cause scarring.

Home Method:

  1. Combine a modest quantity of sanding powder together with aloe vera carbamide peroxide gel.
  2. Place the solution onto the tattooed area.
  3. Rub it gently with a pumice stone for 60 seconds at a time.
  4. Repeat this 3 times a day for the next month.

Not Appealing?

If the above natural methods don't appeal to you check out the original methods below...

A tattoo removal method that is rapidly gaining acceptance is a chemical peel made out of Glycolic acid or TCA.

How They Work:

These work simply by causing a controlled chemical burn that helps get rid of the skin pigment. This method can go take several weeks to several months depending how big your tattoo is.

Does It Work?

This method has been used for many cosmetic procedures and has started to be used in this area too. Those who have used it have judged it to be very effective.


The main side-effects that come with this is that the area will feel numb and itchy and maybe even sore for a few days and weeks afterwards, but if you are willing to put up with that, then it's totally worthwhile.

Tattoo removal creams are an underdog treatment in my opinion. There have been a few good comments about using them, but there have also been a wide range of comments stating that the creams don't work (make sure if you do use them that you do research into the one you buy before).

How They Work

The cream seeps into your tattooed area and breaks up the pigment found in the skin which, your body then removes.

Does it Work?

This is the most important question and there are varied answers. After doing research it is safe to say that the cream will work for most people (as long as you use a trusted brand).

The people for whom this product doesn't work, likely have sensitive or thick skin, both of which make it harder for the body to absorb the pigment once it's broken down.


There are no side effects to the creams unless you have an allergy to one of the ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, you may also experience a rash, though that is not an abnormal reaction.

Your experiences, tips, feedback... - It all goes here :)

GetRidTattoo on April 13, 2015:

It's so pain, I was doing by my self at home to remove my tattoos. Just following the guide, no pain and easy. check this

Anna on February 20, 2015:

How long should I keep salt in the area???

Anon on February 20, 2015:

I have a quarter-sized tattoo on my right hand that would cost $1500 to get it removed professionally. Well, I'm a student and need it removed by graduation so I can get a decent job, so naturally I can't afford that.

Currently trying the salt abrasion one, took a while to get it to bleed. Once I saw the top layer was mostly gone (you could tell the top layer from the bottom because the top layer became gray), I washed it off and threw on the peroxide. Put some bandages on and it's burning like hell. Luckily I have a high pain tolerance and a good amount of whiskey.


Rita on December 23, 2014:

So did it work anonymous?

anonymous on May 22, 2013:

I have a 2in x 2in butterfly on my inner bottom ankle and my Bitchy Boss hates it so I'm going to try to remove it with salt, Clorox, and several other things to get her off my back!!

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