Does Tattoo Removal Cream Work?

So you’re finally ready to part with your tattoo.

Naturally, you want this to be as easy, inexpensive and painless as possible. But you can’t help but wonder — before having the skin peeled away, sanded down or treated using laser tattoo removal — could a simple at-home removal cream work just as well for removing tattoos?

If you’re hoping that a store-bought cream will completely remove your tattoo, you might be disappointed to find out that these creams will not achieve the results you’re hoping for.

At best, removal creams can only fade the ink. Since tattoos are meant to last forever, the ink has been penetrated deep into your skin — the dermis — and creams can only work on the outermost layer of skin.

Tattoo ink will naturally fade over time, and creams will help accelerate that process by bleaching the skin. The entire process will still take several months before you notice any fading.

Be wary if you have sensitive skin or other skin conditions — these tattoo removal creams can leave scarring, pain, burning and skin texture changes behind.

Types of Tattoo Removal Creams

Tattoo removal creams are topical options that typically have one of these two active ingredients:

  • Hydroquinone: Dermatologists usually use creams with hydroquinone to treat patients who have irregular skin pigmentation. This ingredient is too superficial to produce any significant or lasting results for tattoo pigment since it’s so deeply embedded in your skin.
  • Trichloroacetic acid: This ingredient induces a chemical burn on your skin that peels the outer layers. It’s your worst possible option when selecting a tattoo cream, as its efficiency is low and scarring or infection is probable.

Unfortunately, while these creams are significantly less expensive and more convenient than a safe and effective laser tattoo removal, their efficacy is extremely low and their side effects can be quite serious and painful.

Also, please note that production of these creams is not closely regulated or FDA-approved.

For the Best Results, Try Laser Tattoo Removal

When you’re ready to finally remove your tattoo, the best and most successful option is to trust laser tattoo removal.

Laser technology is highly recommended by professionals today because it’s the only option that can safely remove any tattoo or pigment coloring.

Laser tattoo removal works by using a laser to target the dark ink in your skin. The laser breaks down pigment particles into small pieces that your body’s immune system naturally removes over time.

Using laser tattoo removal, you’ll find that you experience fewer and faster treatments, lessened side effects and higher success in removing most tattoo colors.

Call the Tattoo Removal Experts at MEDermis Laser Clinic

For the best and most effective tattoo removal treatment, visit the certified technicians at MEDermis Laser Clinic. We have the most experienced removal professionals in the region, and they’ve completed almost 300,000 tattoo removals throughout the San Antonio and Austin, TX areas.

We offer free consultations for all clients to determine the necessary steps and sessions needed to safely and effectively remove your unwanted tattoo. We also extend a guarantee that if we don’t remove your tattoo in the estimated number of sessions, we’ll continue treating you at no additional cost for a full year. Set up your free consultation today by calling 512-637-5277 (Austin), 210-402-4030 (San Antonio) or by filling out our online consultation form.