If you have been watching charlatans on YouTube claiming to be able to fade their tattoos with cocoa butter and salt – stop immediately! Put your phone down and slowly back away…

Now come back to your phone, because you need to read this for your own safety

It is not possible to remove or even significantly fade tattoos with salt and cocoa butter – or salt and anything else. Not only is it ineffective, but it is also dangerous and could damage your skin. 

Here’s why: 

When you get a tattoo, it isn’t simply painted onto your skin. Remember the needle on the tattoo gun that jabbed you at the rate of 3,000 pricks per minute? It was injecting ink into your dermis, the layer of skin underneath the epidermis. Maybe you weren’t counting those 3,000 pricks per minute, but you sure felt them! 

Simply put, you can’t scrub a tattoo off by applying an exfoliant to your skin because the tattoo’s ink isn’t on the layer of skin you can get to. 

Unfortunately, people will post anything on Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok just to garner those magical clicks, likes, and follows – with very little regard (if any) for truth and safety. This cocoa butter and salt myth is just that – a myth. It would be wonderful if we could all go back and erase our mistakes so easily, but life doesn’t work like that. 

What could I lose?

Well, to start with, you could lose a layer of skin. If you scrub hard enough to slough off the epidermis and get down to the dermis, you will be facing (excuse the image) a bloody mess that will resemble road rash. Underneath all of the mincemeat you have made of the top layer of your skin, the tattoo will remain. In addition to that, you have now opened yourself up to the possibility of infection and scarring, both of which you will dislike far more than you dislike that original tattoo. 

The most effective method of removing regrettable tattoos is by laser. At Ink-B-Gone, we use the Quanta EVO and the PicoWay lasers to deliver light pulses directly to the dermis. The light pulses break up the ink into particles so small that they can be flushed out of your body by your lymphatic system. Both lasers leave your dermis (outer skin) completely intact. 

Come see the experts!

If you have encountered videos of people promising that tattoo removal is a DIY process, that means you are serious about removing your tattoo. And the fact that you have taken the time to search to see if the cocoa butter and salt home removal method is effective and/or safe means that you are discerning enough to realize that anything that sounds too good to be true is worth running away from. Good for you! Your journey has begun.

Over the past 13 years, we have successfully treated close to 20,000 clients at Ink-B-Gone. We are completely transparent and welcome the chance to answer your questions. 

You may be interested in reading our blog: Is There a Best Tattoo Removal Machine? What Should I Ask Before Treatment?

Every person and every tattoo is different, so ask our experts!

When you’re ready to look into laser tattoo removal, it’s important to find a professional and expert technician you trust.

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