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How to do Tattoo Removal Yourself

Updated on August 26, 2011

How To Remove Your Tattoo At Home For Almost Nothing.

Okay. So, you want to remove a tattoo? What do you do? You have looked into the laser thing and either you do not have the money, do not want to spend the money, or do not feel safe with the new technology.

There are a bunch of creams on the market which claim to get rid of tattoos what about those?

Probably a waste of time and money.

Look, if you really want to get rid of a tattoo there is a real easy way to do it. That doesn't mean painless. But getting a tattoo is not like the most painless thing to do in the first place. I assume that if you got a tattoo you are OK with some self inflicted pain and a little risk.

This way is very old. It is called Salabrasion or dermabrasion or salt abrasion technique.

I have experience with it and I can testify that it works.

In this lens I would like to give you information gained from hands on experience how to do remove the tattoo yourself in the most safe way possible and tips for safety.

Also I hope this will be a forum where those who have experience with this technique will add to the discussion and help enlighten others to this relatively quick, and safe method.

and help perfect it.

I am not a medical professional. It is your responsibility to evaluate this information without the help of a physician and decide if it is appropriate for you.

The First Step

The most important thing to consider with the salabrasion or dermabrasion method is the healing process. It is the thing which can mean the difference between having a scar or not. You first should consider the part of the body you are thinking of doing. Do you heal fast in that part of the body. Also are you a hemophiliac? If so, this method is not for you. You should consider the health of your body with regards to ability to heal and deal with wounds. When using this method there is a possibility of removing the tattoo and being left with a scar in its place.

But, it doesn't have to be that way. I am writing this to let you know the most important consideration when choosing to remove that tattoo yourself, and that is preparation.

The preparation I mean is to have an ointment which will help prevent infection and help heal. That is the most important thing to have and you should have it before you go buy your sandpaper and salt. I recommend silver ointment. Silver has long been used on burn victims and what you are doing with the sandpaper is just like a carpet burn. I have used silver cream myself and have seen that it helps heal wounds twice as fast as without it. Also, there is a ton of information on the internet which I hope to post here soon about the curative power of silver. Take my word on this one. I have discovered quite a few natural remedies and without a doubt I can tell you silver helps heal faster, and prevents infection.

Colloidal Silver Gel

This is the item to have when you want your wound to heal well. For a self inflicted wound or an accident. Silver is a proven medicine since time immemorial. It can help to heal without infection or scarring. You can only cut corners on saving money so often. In some cases an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Therefore do not ignore this warning. Get some colloidal silver cream and put it on that wound every day. It will not make the wound silver or have any side effect. Silver is safe. If you want to heal well do this. Order from Amazon if you want to save time from having to search 10,000 websites for something I already researched. This product is made of 100 percent natural ingredients, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Oregano Oil, Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree Oil and contains 240 parts per million of pure colloidal silver. Also it is a good amount for the price. I think it is a good product for this purpose and the first thing you should do is buy some before anything. You are saving like a thousand dollars on lasers so go on and get the silver so you do not scar or get infected.

To Salabrasion Dermabrasion A Tattoo

Or, how to remove tattoo without laser.

Salabrasion method:

First, the person performing the procedure will shave the tattooed area if any hair is present. Then he applies salt mixed with water to the tattooed area, and uses the abrasive gauze surface to vigorously rub the region until it turns a deep, blood red.

He'll then apply an antibiotic ointment and a sterile gauze dressing, which is left in place for three days. After this time, the dressing is removed from the abraded area, and the skin--which will be raw--is covered once again with salt for several hours. Another treatment with antibiotic ointment follows, and it'll be redressed and let heal for three more days.

Later Stages

Remove the gauze after the second three days. At this point, the skin may appear leathery and have a rough texture.

The salabrasion-affected region of dead skin will begin to separate from healthy skin beneath within one to five more days, pulling tattoo pigment away with it. As the skin heals, remaining pigment naturally leaves the tattoo.

When the skin is fully healed, the tattoo may be completely removed. If remnants of the tattoo still remain, additional salabrasion treatments may be necessary to remove any remaining pigment. Dr. Eric Bernstein, in a report on, states that more than one salabrasion treatment is almost always necessary.


There is another way which is just to scrub the tattoo with some medium fine grit sandpaper until the first layers of skin are removed like a carpet burn and then putting a bunch of salt and gauze on it for about a day. That is about what I remember on how we did a part of a tattoo and it did totally remove the ink, but did leave a little bit of a scar. Therefore I made this lens to caution you not to forget the colloidal silver gel cream.

Whatever method you used, be it a cream, laser, sound gun, dermabrasion, or salabrasion technique we want to know about your experience. Please leave a comment below.

Your Tattoo Removal Experience

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      2 years ago

      Will this work for a stick n poke?

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      2 years ago

      I just got my tatto done 2 days ago, but is bigger that i want it and i hate it! Im so sad because my brother and i got yhe same tatto ao it means a lot to me but i hate it .. Is to big and horrible .... So im going to try salabrasion tonight and i hope for the best especially because it still fresh and hasent heal yet. I will let u know about my experience, so far i apply a gaze moise in salt water and it hurts really bad , but i preferer to suffer a couple of hours and days thata have this horrible tatto on the back of my neck the rest of mi life .... Its my second tatto... Love the firts one but this was a horrible job

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      2 years ago

      I'm gonna try this on a tattoo I have on the side of my neck. My question is how long do I rub/scrub with the salt? I want to remove as much of the ink the 1st time if possible since its on the neck

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      2 years ago

      Hallo,i did my salabrasion 3days ago,the tattoo itches like hell,it is painful and still black wondering if i did all this for nothing.

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      3 years ago

      Hello! I am preparing to do this to a tattoo on the back of my husband's neck, tomorrow night. I will keep you posted on how it goes!


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      4 years ago

      thank you i will try

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      4 years ago

      Hello, do you scrub the salt until the skin is punctured?

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      4 years ago

      @anonymous: I know this is a late response. I have this article bookmarked for reference. Anyhoo, I just did salabrasion to a small black tattoo on the back of my neck about 2 days ago. I have researched EXTENSIVELY on the subject to be sure I do it correctly. From what I have found from various sources include medical sites, on the 3rd day you are to put salt on the wound for 4 hours, gently clean off and apply chosen ointment. I personally made my own ointment using raw avocado butter, tea tree oil and colloidal silver (liquid form)...I just mixed the ingredients to desired consistency and use that :) So far so Good :) I'm a huge advocate for all natural healing methods and know these 3 ingredients to be highly beneficial. I actually had them in the house prior to ever considering doing this procedure.

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      5 years ago

      I see there are no comments so I'm not sure if anyone is checking this, but if the author of this article sees this, I have a couple questions. I am definitely the kind of person who would do this but, after the first 3 days do you re-apply salt and water or just salt? And after the first 3 days, how long do you apply the salt for before putting more ointment on and redressing? it just says a few hours and then redress. i can attach my email address since im posting as a guess. its

      i just found this interesting since i don't have thousands of dollars or the patience to wait months for cream. i hope i get a response, thank you.


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