Found a way to fade tattoos
How to Fade Tattoos
Fading a tattoo is a difficult process which requires time and dedication, with no guarantee of any significant results. However, if you are desperate to get rid of an unwanted tattoo, there are a couple of techniques you can try. Just be careful that you don't permanently damage your skin in the process and watch out for any infections.
Gather the necessary materials.There are several things that can be used at home to help to fade a tattoo. These include a hand towel, a bowl of water, a razor for shaving, an emulsion agent for washing, such as unscented anti-bacterial soap, a gauze sponge, a cup or bowl containing two tablespoons of ground salt, an antibiotic cream and some sterile gauze.
Prepare the tattooed skin.It is important to shave the section of skin with the tattoo. This helps to ensure that the whole process is more effective and less painful.
- Once the area is hair free, it should then be cleaned with the emulsion agent or the anti-bacterial soap and warm water. This helps to disinfect the region and prevent the introduction of bacteria. A hand towel can be used to pat the area dry.
- It is advisable to ask your doctor to prescribe a specialized emulsion agent that is antibacterial in nature as this provides better results.
- Press a clean cloth that has been dipped in warm water against the tattoo. This opens up the pores and helps the fading process along.
Using a Salt Scrub
Scrub the skin with salty gauze.Dip the gauze sponge in warm water to moisten it. Then roll the gauze repeatedly over a pile of ground salt as this helps to salinate the water that has been absorbed in the gauze.
- The sponge should be rolled until the salt has stopped dissolving into it. The sponge is then rubbed over the tattoo for approximately 30-40 minutes until the skin is red.
- Ground salt is a good exfoliating agent when it is rubbed on the skin - it removes several layers of the skin, which helps to fade the tattoo.
Allow the tattoo to sit for two hours.After scrubbing, allow the tattoo to sit for two hours without washing the salty scrub off. Once the two hours are up, you should wash it thoroughly with cold water for 5-10 minutes. You may notice some ink being washed away as the area is rinsed with water.
- In case there is any bleeding, it is recommended that you soak a fresh, clean hand cloth in hydrogen peroxide and then press it against the broken skin. This helps to disinfect the area and prevent any infection.
- It is also advisable to apply a small amount of vitamin E over the area as this helps to promote healing and prevent the formation of a scar. Vitamin E also helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
Cover the tattoo with sterile gauze.Use a clean hand cloth to dry the skin and then an antibiotic cream can be applied on top. Use sterile gauze to cover the area, which can be held in place using tape from a first aid kit. This helps to protect the area and prevent infection.
Know what to expect next.The dressing can be taken off after three days and the area assessed. If the skin is painful or reddened, it may be infected. If this is the case, it is advisable to see the doctor or visit the nearest hospital.
- There is also a likelihood of a scab forming on the tattoo after scrubbing - this should be left alone and allowed to fall off. When this happens, the inked area should appear lighter than it did before.
- This process can be repeated until the tattoo has faded to your liking. This process works for old and fresh tattoos as well as the white, black and colored tattoos.
Alternatively, use a tattoo fading cream.There are also a number of creams on the market and that can be used to fade tattoos .It is advisable to do some research on these creams before you make a decision on which to buy.
- The creams that are used for the removal of tattoos work by sinking deep into the skin and disintegrating the pigments that make up the tattoo.
- Be aware that while some people have experienced positive results after the use of these creams, others didn't see any changes in the appearance of their tattoo.
- Sterile gauze should be applied after application of antibiotic ointment and this should be repeated at each time.
- One should use ground salt instead of sea salt. This is because sea salt is too coarse and will damage the skin.
- This process should be avoided if the skin was hurt or torn recently. This is because salt can be painful in an open wound.
- This process can lead to the formation of large scars when it is carried out improperly. Therefore, you should avoid doing it if your have any doubts. The area can feel itchy and numb for several days after the procedure and one should be ready to tolerate these issues in order to achieve positive results.
Sources and Citations
- Hudson, K. L. (2009). Living canvas: Your total guide to tattoos, piercings, and body modification. Berkeley, Calif: Seal Press.
- DeMello, M. (2014). Inked: Tattoos and body art around the world.
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