Tattoos have proven to last longer than a lifetime, scientists have found them on some mummies of Egypt dating back 3,000 to 5,000 years! But when a tattoo no longer works for you as a living person, or regret on placement or size kicks in, tattoo removal is needed. There are a few ways to remove tattoos, including some less scrupulous methods and of course, some proven, effective, and safe methods. We’ll cover what salt and cocoa butter tattoo removal actually is, and what actually works to remove tattoos, along with some urban lore; Tattoo removal doesn’t have to be a huge mystery, and no one should live with tattoos they don’t love.
Salt and Cocoa Butter –The Beginning of This Myth
Natural tattoo removal methods, so called for their use of over the counter, organic and affordable ingredients fall into a category that’s not terribly effective and in some cases, destructive to your skin. These quick fixes circulate through the internet now and again via short, viral videos or blog posts but are not actually based in any medically proven fact. Some of the most common components for these DIY tattoo removal methods include:
- Aloe vera
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Tattoo removal creams
Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to soften and sooth the skin, directly from the plant or, commonly found in sunburn relief gels. This homeopathic skin treatment sadly will not actually cause tattoos to fade. Hydrogen peroxide is a staple in many First-Aid kits, and for good reason. It’s a mild antiseptic used on the skin to prevent infection of minor cuts, scrapes, and burn, but like aloe vera, won’t aid in removing tattoos. Tattoo removal cream can be found in some big box stores or online and often have flashy ad campaigns with dramatic results. Use this cream twice a day and in no time, tattoo regret will be gone, that’s the promise at least. If it sounds like snake oil, it’s probably snake oil and there have been no peer-reviewed or medical journal studies proving these creams work. If you’re trying to remove tattoos, don’t waste your money on these topical creams. TikTok’s produced some viral videos about tattoo removal, too. What many fail to realize is that these videos are done for entertainment purposes. Rubbing a solution of creams, gels, salt, or even food on your skin won’t magically make tattoos fade or remove them.
Is Salt and Cocoa Butter an Effective Method of Tattoo Removal?
Without beating around the bush, no. The origin of salt and cocoa butter being used for tattoo removal has been lost in the black hole of the Internet, but no topical method works effectively for tattoo removal. Likely, someone figured that the abrasive quality of the salt combined with cocoa butter’s soothing properties for skin would work together in harmony to scrub out the tattoo ink; This would be a mild version of dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is the reduction of the top (and usually dead) portions of the skin, known as the epidermis. When done properly, and not as a means for tattoo removal, dermabrasion is extremely effective and making the skin smooth and giving it a radiant glow. Salt and cocoa butter from the local drug store is not the same thing and will not yield the same results. Therefore, salt, and cocoa butter or even dermabrasion won’t remove the ink, these methods only target the top layer.
Is It Safe to Use Salt and Cocoa Butter on Skin?
Rubbing your skin with salt or salt and a combination of cocoa butter could lead to short term irritation like redness, inflammation, or mild swelling. With prolonged damage or aggressive scrubbing, scarring can occur too. For this reason, it’s strongly recommended no one tries salt and cocoa butter tattoo removal methods at home.
Removing Your Tattoo Safely
Right about now it would be normal to ask, how does tattoo removal work without the risk of scarring? In short, tattoo ink is placed into the second layer of the skin, the dermis, and due to the large particle size, the immune system leaves it alone, to remain suspended there forever. Properly done tattoo removal requires the use of lasers to bypass the epidermis and target the large, dark ink particles in the dermis and fracture them into manageable pieces the immune system can dispose of.
How Long Will Tattoo Removal Take?
For most tattoos, an average of 10-12 treatments are required, with 6-8 weeks spacing between each appointment. An overall timeframe for most wishing to have a tattoo removed will be roughly 18 to 36 months.
How Expensive Is Tattoo Removal?
Talking about laser tattoo removal and pricing in a generalized conversation might sound scary, or unaffordable. Like most things, keeping everything in perspective helps. Quality equipment that’s routinely maintained and operated by extremely experienced staff does have a cost to it, but when comparing to other, similar services, along with monthly payment plans, tattoo removal cost is very affordable.
Rethinking Your Tattoo? Book a Consult With Removery Today!
Home remedies are not viable solutions for tattoo removal; Laser tattoo removal with Removery offers the best possible service in the industry. Every other method of tattoo removal will sadly involve a higher likelihood of scarring (usually due to rubbing your tattoos with something), or not work and be a waste of time and money. Removery has proven protocols that get results. Book a free consultation with us today.