Don't Rely on Chemical Peels to Remove Tattoos

Don't Rely on Chemical Peels to Remove Tattoos

After some time, you may feel that you do not want your tattoo anymore. At this point, you will likely start researching tattoo removal. One of the methods you may come across is chemical peels. It may seem like a cheap alternative to laser removal, but it is not as safe as you think. Relying on a chemical peel may cost you more than you think.

What Is a Chemical Peel?


It is the use of chemical agents to resurface the skin. The chemical penetrates the skin's top layer, causing it to slough off. It may also reach deeper, depending on the strength of the peel. Afterward, the body should use its natural defenses to activate the growth of new skin cells. Once the cells grow, they should give you a smooth appearance.

Are They Effective?


Chemical peels slough off the top layer of the skin. It rarely penetrates the middle layer where tattoo ink resides. Thus, you may have to undergo several applications to get to this point. At best, and no matter the strength, a chemical peel may only fade your tattoo. It is not an effective way of removing tattoos.

Some people may opt to use chemical peels to fade their tattoos before going in for laser removal. They do this to reduce costs by having fewer sessions. But this may not be the case, and you may end up causing more complications.


Risks of Using Chemical Peels


There are several risks to using chemical peels. The bottom line is that they do not work. Over and above that, consult a dermatologist or specialist at if you still want to try it. Avoid removing the tattoo on your own. 

So, what are the risks of using chemical peels?



Peels like trichloroacetic acid (TCA) work by burning away the outer layers of skin. When you do it the right way, it will only bleach the skin and lighten it. It gives the illusion that you are successful in removing your tattoo. However, the ink remains in the dermis. 

Some people may try a do-it-yourself chemical peel at home using TCA. You may leave it for too long on your skin and it will burn away several layers of skin, causing wounds. You may end up with an infection if you do not take proper care of these wounds.



Using chemical peels is painful. As they work, they irritate your skin and cause pain. The pain may last for quite some time if you end up with wounds. The best action may be to take painkillers and nurse the wounds until they heal.



These peels contain chemicals that affect the natural pigment in your skin. They can mess with the melanin, causing depigmentation, which leaves you with skin patches. You may need to see a dermatologist for help if this happens.



As the wounds heal, you may end up with hypertrophic scars. These occur when there is tension around a healing wound. They may be red in color and thick. They form due to an imbalance in collagen at the wound site, which may remain this way for years.


For more information on laser tattoo removal over chemical peels, call at our offices in Oceanside, California at (844) 446-5633 to discuss any questions or to schedule an appointment.


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