Tattoo Regrets: The Art of Re-imagining, Removing, and Concealing-Part II.

If a tattoo cover-up or laser are not appealing to your wallet or desire, there are non-invasive treatment options available. Products like cosmetic cover-up creams, skin colored bandages, or fabric sleeves are an easy way to temporarily rid of a tattoo.

Several cosmetic companies have created make-up lines of a dense foundation like cream, heavy enough to provide a chemical coverant of unwanted tattoos. One of the leading brands is Dermablend (www.dermablend.com) which has a Leg & Body Cover cream and Quick Fix stick for tattoo coverage. This brand promises 16-hours of “smudge and transfer proof wear.”  Tattoo Camo is another brand that can be found that offers smudge resistance after use of a magic shield sealer spray (www.tattoocamo.com). Additionally, TatJacket provides a concealer and post-care remover (www.tatjacket.com).

Additionally, there are tattoo removal creams out there, but I would have a high skepticism of any of them living up to their claims. Think about it: a cream penetrating deep down into the dermis of the skin and removing ink? Most of these creams are likely just a good exfoliator that blur the appearance a tad. Many of the ingredients I have seen on these packages are listed as skin exfoliants like glycolic or salicylic acid.

Yet, the best technology is yet to come. A PhD student from Dalhousie University, Alec Falkenham, is in the midst of developing a cream that stimulates the body’s immune system to attack pigment. According to an interview by CBC News, “When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we’ve designed a drug that doesn’t really have much off-target effect,” he said. “We’re not targeting any of the normal skin cells, so you won’t see a lot of inflammation. In fact, based on the process that we’re actually using, we don’t think there will be any inflammation at all and it would actually be anti-inflammatory (www.cbc.ca/news).”

For the least invasive and temporary mode of cover-up, specially made skin like bandages and clothing sleeves are easily found on the web.

So maybe a tattoo blunder doesn’t have to be a forever companion. There are plenty of options to hide or erase a tequila fueled night of skin art.

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