There are so many tips and tricks floating around the internet on how you can remove a tattoo, quickly and easily, using common household items. One such common item is salt. People seem to be sure that rubbing salt on the tattoo will cause the ink to leak from the skin and make it disappear. But is it really something possible? And if so, isn’t it dangerous?
In the following paragraphs, we are going to explore this famous Internet trick for tattoo removal, and see if it works or if it is dangerous. We’re going to expose the lies about this trick and show you what really needs to be done for proper tattoo removal. So let’s get started!
Salt tattoo removal: 5 things you need to know
1. Why is this a popular recommendation on the internet?
There are many reasons why tips and tricks, involving sugar or salt, are such popular tattoo removal recommendations, spreading across the internet like wildfire. For instance;
- People, who have no real knowledge of tattoos and how they work, are spreading ‘quick and easy removal’ tips on how to remove salt tattoos
- People who have no knowledge of the layers of the skin and where tattoo ink is stored in the skin share their tips that could potentially harm other people
- People who think proper laser tattoo removal is ineffective and unnecessary share their money-saving tips on how to remove a tattoo with just salt
- Due to the belief that salt water promotes fading of tattoos, people believe that it will also help remove the tattoo completely.
These are the four most common reasons these salt towers exist. Uninformed people have ideas based on the general daily use of salt around the house, thinking it could be applied to a tattoo. That is why one must do thorough research and consult with professionals and experts before undertaking any activity that may harm the skin and health. More on this in the following paragraphs.
2. Does salt tattoo removal work?
Salt tattoo removal is popular because it’s based on a method sometimes used to remove tattoos. The method is known as dermabrasion. It is an exfoliating technique used to remove scars, acne, tissue irregularities, as well as tattoos in some cases. This involves the use of a sanding device, resembling salt/sugar crystals, to remove the surface layers of skin.
Based on this, it is believed that salt alone can achieve the same exfoliation technique. There is a method where salt is used to provide deep exfoliation, known as salabrasion. But, we have to remember one thing; the tattoo ink is not deposited on the surface of the skin. It is pushed into the dermis of the skin by the tattoo gun; it’s the layer of skin below the surface, where the salt can’t reach, no matter how hard you rub the salt.
So, does salt tattoo removal work? Well, of course it’s not.. Sometimes even dermabrasion doesn’t work, for the above reasons. Salt or any sanding device simply cannot reach the inner layer of the skin, where the tattoo ink is.
Other reasons why salt tattoo removal does not work lie in the following factors;
- The bigger the tattoo, the more salt exfoliation is needed, which can lead to huge scars and risky skin damage.
- If a tattoo has a delicate spot, where the skin is thin and has a lot of nerve endings, once may experience high levels of pain, as well as deeper damage
- The salt can’t reach the dermis of the skin, and even if you rub it somehow, beyond the blood and plain, it still won’t remove all the ink
3. Is it safe to use salt for tattoo removal?
Salt, used for skin exfoliation, is not considered dangerous. Salt and sugar body scrubs have a common application in the beauty world, helping people get rid of dead skin cells and achieve smooth, supple skin.
However, persistent exfoliation of a single area of skin over and over again can lead to widespread harmful effects. For example, repeated rubbing of salt on the skin can lead to bleeding, skin and tattoo inflammation, irritation, swelling, redness, permanent scarring, and other serious skin damage. It can also cause pigmentation issues and, of course, pain.
Not to mention that using salt for tattoo removal is totally ineffective, as we mentioned, so there’s simply no reason why people should try this method.
4. Other Things to Consider About Salt Tattoo Removal
During the research for this article, there were few instances where people said salt was most helpful in removing fresh tattoos. We decided to highlight how dangerous this can be.
Now fresh tattoos are like open wounds. They need to be protected, cared for and allowed to heal properly. Without it, the tattoo, or any injury for that matter, can quickly excite you and start creating serious health issues.
Now imagine rubbing salt on a fresh wound. Incredibly painful even to think about it, isn’t it? That’s what it would be like to rub salt on a new tattoo.
Needless to say, doing this can cause severe infection, excessive bleeding, excessive tattoo oozing, skin damage, swelling, irritation, prolonged healing, which again can lead to infection, and the list is long.
In addition to these effects, a person may develop a high fever and require emergency medical attention to treat the tattoo.
Additionally, there have been instances where people have recommended using a scrub/bath brush to scrub off the salt for maximum effect. This can be extremely dangerous as a brush can introduce many bacteria into the tattooed tissue. This can promote the severity of an infection, as well as other side effects.
So make sure you never try to do any of this. In the following paragraphs, we will talk about a proper and proper tattoo removal method, so be sure to keep reading. And beware of false information circulating on the Internet; the information that people share is quite dangerous and puts health at risk.
5. What can I do to get rid of a tattoo?
The only effective tattoo removal method is laser treatment. Laser removal works by penetrating a laser into the skin, reaching the ink and heating it. Then the laser machine sends out shock waves which disperse the ink into the surrounding tissue. The ink particles then eventually leave your body through natural filtration of foreign bodies (urinating and pooping).
Indeed, laser removal also has some disadvantages. It’s no secret that laser removal treatments have also caused scarring. However, this only happens when people are treated in substandard clinics with unprofessional staff.
In addition, it is quite expensive and requires many sessions until the tattoo disappears. And, not to mention, the removal efficiency depends on the color of the ink; if your tattoo is shiny, you will have a harder time getting rid of it. The laser simply does not detect bright ink as effectively as dark ink.
However, despite all the potential drawbacks, laser tattoo removal is still the most effective way to successfully get rid of a tattoo. When the procedure is performed by experienced professionals, side effects are almost non-existent which, compared to DIY salabrasion, is far preferable and non-invasive to health.
Quick tattoo removal can be very appealing to people who want to get rid of a tattoo in no time. However, rapid tattoo removal is not possible. It takes time, mainly because the ink is placed in the skin, where it cannot easily be reached. Luckily, laser tattoo removal is super effective and safe, so it’s your best option right now.
Hopefully, there will soon be a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of laser tattoo removal, which would make laser tattoo removal fast and more accessible. But, until then, make sure you don’t try the internet famous DIY tattoo removal tips and tricks. They are downright dangerous and dangerous to health, not to mention fake and fake.
For more information on proper tattoo removal, check out our other articles and be sure to talk to your dermatologist or even your tattoo artist. They will help you explore your deletion options and see what would work best for you.
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