These days it’s quite easy to get a tattoo anytime, anywhere. Unlike a few decades ago, when you could only get a tattoo from the docks or any place of ill repute, tattoo parlors have cropped up in most major cities all over the world. And the attitudes towards tattoos have improved, making having one quite common and acceptable these days.
Unfortunately, while tattoo parlors have promulgated, common sense has not. Beautiful and intricate, tattoos are meant to be symbolic and beautiful and representative of something meaningful to the bearer and some people often get them on a drunken whim. Even worse, they read an online article and decide to tattoo themselves and their friends.
There is something called “tattoo regret” where a person gets a tattoo under dubious reasons and now wants to get rid of it. A name of an ex, misunderstood directions and the wrong Chinese characters are a few tattoos that are often the subject of tattoo regret.
If you have a tattoo you want removed and you can’t afford to go to the doctor, below are a few suggestions to safely remove tattoos.
- You’ll need the following items:
Solution 1: Aloe Vera
- Mix ‘em up. Take a small bowl and mix in an equal amount of vitamin E with aloe Vera gel.
- Apply to the tat. Using a q-tip, perform circular motions as you apply the solution along the tat. Make sure you cover the entire area of the tat and allow it to sit for a little under 5 minutes. Rinse out the area with cold, running water.
Solution 2: Yogurt
- Mix ‘em up. Take a small bowl and mix in an equal amount of turmeric powder and yogurt. You should have a thick consistency close to paste.
- Apply to the tat. Use a spoon or your fingers to apply the paste on the tattoo area. Leave it to dry for around 10 mins. Then, wash it off with warm water and a washcloth.
Solution 3: Apricot
- Mix in with other ingredients. Scoop some apricot scrub and put it in a small mixing bowl. Stir in some aloe Vera gel and vitamin e and mix well, the thickness of the apricot scrub will produce a paste.
- Apply to the tat. Take your paste and rub it on the tattoo using circular, massaging motions. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing with running water.
Apply the solutions to the tattoo from three weeks to a month. Basically, what the solutions are doing is lightening the pigment of the tattoo. Removal time varies because there are factors to consider like the ink quality used for the tat, the size of the tattoo, the number of colored inks used for the tat, etc. . . . Be patient and keep at it.
These organic solutions can take a few weeks to months before the tattoo is completely removed, if you’re in a rush to remove the tattoo, you may want to consider a surgical option. You can also consult with your physician for safe, scar-free alternatives to removing your tattoo.