Tattoo ink is permanent because the ink enters your dermis, the middle layer of your skin. This creates a wound that your immune system tries to heal using white blood cells known as macrophages. The macrophages try to remove the ink, but the ink pigment is too large and ends up remaining in the skin. We have an in-depth explanation for why tattoos are permanent on our How Does Tattoo Removal Work page.
If you have an unwanted tattoo, we recommend using laser tattoo removal to erase it. Laser tattoo removal is a proven process done in a controlled, sanitary environment. But there are other tattoo removal options, as well.
Other Tattoo Removal Possibilities Besides Laser Tattoo Removal
- Creams / Home Remedies
- Like the video mentioned, the ink lies under the epidermis and therefore rubbing the ink out isn’t a possibility. Typically you run a high risk of causing damage to the epidermis which will likely least minor to major scarring.
- Hypertonic Saline Tattoo Removal
- In this method, you use a coil machine (tattoo machine) to inject saline solution below the epidermis and the ink in your tattoo. The saline solution is rejected by the body and pulls a little bit of ink to the surface. This method and be performed by anyone and doesn’t require any medical knowledge.
- There are unfortunately some acid mixtures that we’ve seen people try in the past. If there are effective, there typically will leave by chemical burns and nasty scars.