Tattoo Removal Cream Is Here, but How Does It Work?

Feb 19, 2015 at 11:04 am |

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Everyone knows the age-old warning that if you get a tattoo, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Well that might not be the case anymore.

Alec Falkenham, a PhD student in pathology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, says he has created a cream that will eventually remove tattoos from people’s skin.

But how does it work?


When a person gets a tattoo, the ink is typically injected about 2 mm into the skin. Cells absorb the ink and therefor make it pretty permanent, as anyone with an ugly tattoo will tell you. Falkenham’s cream contains a drug that would penetrate these skin cells and release the ink without damaging normal cells.

This system, which has been dubbed bisphosphonate liposomal tattoo removal (we’re sure a catchier name will come around soon), would comparatively be a lot less painful than current laser-removal options. These methods, which require multiple visits, often irritate and blister the skin. A successful cream, on the other hand, would be totally anti-inflammatory.

The best part? The cost! Whereas laser-removal can cost $75 or more per square inch, not to mention the necessity for multiple visits, Falkenham says his cream would only cost about 4.5ยข per square centimeter. Sounds like an extremely cheap option for removing what was once permanent!

Although Falkenham’s product is still in the research stages, he says that he’s had success in tests on heart cells and mice. The next step? Testing on pig skin. And while the cream isn’t ready for human usage, Falkenham says plenty of eager people have offered to work as guinea pigs.

Regret your tattoos no more! Does this cheap tattoo removal cream sound too good to be true? Decide here!