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Question

Tattoo removal cream: Does it work?

Does tattoo removal cream really work?

Updated: 03-10-2012

Answer

Tattoo removal creams are widely available online — but there's no evidence that they work. 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. If you're interested in tattoo removal, don't attempt it on your own. Ask your dermatologist about laser surgery or other options for tattoo removal.

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