Take It Off

I’ve never had a tattoo myself but I’ve seen lots of people who did and while I can (sorta) understand a little bit of why people get tattoos, I could never get past the idea that they’re making marks on themselves that just ain’t gonna wash off with soap and water. I am not a hamster, you’re not going to see ME getting all marked up like that. Besides, I’m not thrilled with how they get put on anyhow and I’m not just talking about physical discomfort either. You can’t convince me that the inks used are something that anybody could consider a good idea to impregnate into your skin.

And then there are the regrets. How many people over the years have ended up regretting the fact that they got a tattoo? This is why when somebody came up with a means to manage tattoo removal, people jumped on it like crazy. The process involved lasers and as I understand it, has always been kinda expensive. Later there has been other developments such as skin bleaching creams that people have been using in an effort to “make it fade away”.

Now it seems that there’s a monkey wrench being tossed into the tattoo removal works because apparenlty back in August ’06 the FDA proposed a ban on over the counter skin bleaching creams containing Hydroquinone because of a possible connection to cancer. I haven’t heard if or when this ban is likely to go into effect but it does make for a problem for people wanting to get rid of tattoos that want to avoid the expense of laser treatments.

Apparently there is a safer alternative in something called Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA). According to press release I saw, It’s a non-prescription skin peeling agent used by doctors and health spas to remove fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face. Apparently this stuff is also capable of causing tattoos to fade, eventually resulting in complete removal. You can read more about it at www.inkbusters.com.

oh, yeah, here’s that press release:

InkBusters.com Press Release

Headline: FDA bans Tattoo Removal Creams?

San Diego – With the launch of it’s new website, Inkbusters.com warns the public about possible health risks associated with using tattoo removal creams purchased on the Internet. The new site states “many” tattoo removal creams sold online contain Hydroquinone, which is usually the active ingredient in skin bleaching creams.

In August 2006 the FDA proposed a ban on over the counter skin bleaching creams containing Hydroquinone due to concerns about Cancer and Exogenous Ochronosis. This proposed ban is similar to those already enacted in Japan, France, Great Britain and Australia for the same reasons.

InkBusters.com CEO Rick Barker notes, “Indirectly—and probably without knowing it—the FDA is saying they think the tattooed public may be at risk if they use tattoo removal creams containing Hydroquinone. This is particularly true when you consider most skin bleaching cream makers––prescription or OTC––never recommend Hydroquinone be used more than 4-6 months for maximum effect. Many tattoo removal cream makers online offer supplies well beyond this recommended period.”

InkBusters.com sells TCA at its website to help consumers remove tattoos in a natural non-laser fashion. TCA is a popular non-prescription skin-peeling agent commonly used by doctors, health spas and private individuals to remove fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face. TCA has twice been medically tested and proven to fade and/or remove tattoos on the body. TCA looks and feels like water and is applied with a q-tip. There is no Hydroquinone in TCA.