Most of us cannot afford laser surgery to remove a tattoo. So what to do? Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is an peeling agent that causes an inflammation of the skin above the tattoo, eventually bringing the inks to the top of the skin, thus lightening the tattoo. TCA is commonly used by doctors, health spas and private individuals to remove fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face. It removes 85 percent of tattoos and significantly lightens the over 15 percent.
So, if you are interested in tattoo removal, TCA is what you should try. There are other bleaching creams on the market, but I have heard that they contain a harmful substance known as Hydroquinone, which is banned in several countries for causing skin damage and possibly leading to skin cancer. The FDA proposed a ban on Hydroquinone in 2006, but has not yet banned it.
Below is the press release on TCA.
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.