Are you thinking about getting a tattoo removal creme and wondering if it will work? You’re not alone.
Because tattoo removal with a laser is expensive and painful, you can see why just applying a topical ointment has its appeal. Plus tattoo removal cremes are popping up everywhere. It has to work, right?
Not necessarily. According to the mayo clinic, a reputed medical hospital, there is no evidence that they work. Dr. Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D., writes
“At best, tattoo removal cream might fade or lighten a tattoo. The tattoo will remain visible, however, and skin irritation and other reactions are possible. Remember, tattoos are meant to be permanent. Because the ink is placed beneath the top layer of skin, complete removal of a tattoo is difficult.”
Dr. Gibson advises that people should consult a qualified dermatologist for safe and effective ways to remove tattoos.
So, here are some things to do before plunking your money down on expensive tattoo removal cremes:
- Do your research. Check to make sure the information you are reading is on a reputable sites. This is important. Make sure the site is not just a site that’s trying to make money by selling the cream.
- Check the evidence. Are the clains supported by evidence-based science? Who conducted the studies? Have they been published?
- Don’t be fooled by photos. The before and after pictures you see can be faked with Photoshop.
- Talk to a reputable dermatologist about what works and what doesn’t, and see if the ingredients are harmful.
- Get real testimonials from real clients. Ask to speak to them personally.