How to Make Tattoo Ink Lighter

by Erin Morris

Everyone is prone to making mistakes in their lives. Sometimes they are just more permanent than others. Everyone who has ever gotten a tattoo knows what it is like to have something absolutely permanent. However, sometimes that permanent tattoo turns out to be something that needs to be gotten rid of. If you find that one or more of your tattoos just doesn't fit your lifestyle any longer, fading or completely removing the tattoo is now an option.

Step 1

Decide if tattoo fading.removal is for you. When individuals get tattoos, they realize that they are permanent, but they don’t always think about how that permanency will come to affect them later in life. Meeting new people, getting a new job—new steps in your life can change your outlook and can change your mind about decisions you made when you were younger. If you find yourself with a visible tattoo that could potentially affect an important experience in your life, your only option may be to lighten your tattoo or remove it all together. There are several methods currently available to individuals that can help them to fade a visible or unwanted tattoo.

Step 2

Consider tattoo removal creams. Creams like Wrecking Balm and Tattoo-OFF are over the counter creams that when used correctly, can help to break apart and fade permanent tattoo ink. The active ingredient found in tattoo removal creams is trichloroacetic acid (TCA). TCA is a compound acid that is commonly used as a skin peeling agent. It has also been medically proven to fade tattoo ink. The TCA works to peel the skin layers that cover the tattoo, as new skin layers form the tattoo ink slowly fades.
Tattoo creams only contain a percentage of this active ingredient. Therefore, users will not experience peeling skin, but an eventual fading in the tattoo. While this procedure is very effective, the cream needs to be applied as directed for several months in order to see significant results. If you are simply looking to lighten your tattoo ink then tattoo removal creams containing TCA will help to do just that. If you are looking to remove your tattoo completely, combining the application of TCA with laser tattoo removal treatments will help to achieve more affective tattoo removal.

Step 3

Try Dermasal, another over the counter tattoo fading agent that provides users a more natural option for fading tattoos. Dermasal is a three step process that is quick and easy to use; just 10 minutes a week is all you need. The Dermasal process involves the application of soothing agent that prepares the skin for a topical solution, the application of the topical solution that effectively breaks apart the tattoo ink so that it can be naturally removed from the body, and the application of a protectant gel is then applied to soothe and protect the skin. Dermasal is a completely safe and an all natural way to remove unwanted tattoos with no pain and minimal cost. This product only utilizes natural ingredients so it is perfectly safe to use on any part of the body.

Step 4

Consider permanent laser removal. One of the newest methods for making tattoo’s lighter is laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal provides revolutionary tattoo removal results without causing permanent damage to the skin. During treatment, the laser light penetrates the outer layers of skin and is attracted to the tattoo pigment below. The laser energy transforms into heat and the heat effectively fragments the tattoo ink. The fragmented ink is then absorbed into the body and naturally expelled. A series of treatments are needed (anywhere from 6 to 12 treatments spaced out every 6 to 8 weeks) in order to see successful tattoo removal results, but patients will see gradual fading throughout the entire process. Laser treatments are very successful for darker tattoo ink colors, but additional treatments may be necessary for lighter inks. For those individuals who want successful tattoo fading without permanent scarring, laser is definitely the way to go. There are other more invasive methods for complete tattoo removal, but for those who are looking to make their tattoo ink lighter, any of the above methods will get the job done. Thorough research will help to determine which of these methods is right for you.

Tips

  • Do adequate research on all tattoo fading methods in order to find the one that is right for you. Don't let price be your only factor when choosing a methods, sometimes treatments that are more costly will provide the best results; they can end up saving you money in the long run.

About the Author

Erin Morris is a freelance and professional writer who has been writing and editing since 2004. She worked as a copywriter for an Internet marketing firm for more than four years before attaining a copywriter position with "The Buffalo News." Morris holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing.