Pay Zero for Advice – Never buy a DIY Tattoo Removal Kit

23-year-old Jess Hardy wanted to remove a tattoo that featured her ex-boyfriend’s name. In an attempt to save a few hundred dollars, Jess elected to skip a professional laser treatment.

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Instead, she bought a “tattoo removal kit” online. The advertised kit was cheap (approximately $20). Not only that, but she could use it at home! After a normal tattoo removal procedure, this is what a person’s skin should look like.

This is what Jess’s arm looked like after using the kit.

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The chemical in the kit, TCA, is extremely corrosive. It burned away her skin and left a hole in her arm.

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Although TCA (trichloroacetic acid) does remove a tattoo, it should not be a method used by amateurs at home. There are other ways to remove or lessen the appearance of a tattoo: laser tattoo removal, dermabrasion, salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), cryosurgery, and excision.

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via – ebaumsworld

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