Is it Common for Skin to be Itchy After Laser Tattoo Removal?

Is it Common for Skin to be Itchy After Laser Tattoo Removal?

Itching skin is quite common after laser tattoo removal. Experts have found that laser tattoo removal causes severe skin itchiness from time to time but not everyone experiences it. Your skin can feel itchy a few hours following a laser tattoo removal treatment and can continue for up to six weeks. 

If you experience extreme itchiness, your dermatologist can recommend medication to help manage the discomfort but do not rub or upset the itchy area.

Why is Your Skin so Itchy After Laser Tattoo Removal?


It is normal for skin to itch after laser tattoo removal; it is part of the body's natural response to support healing. A laser tattoo removal procedure uses high-energy light to disintegrate the color pigments of the tattoo ink. Once the ink disintegrates, the immune system gradually clears the ink fragments over time, making the tattoo fade.

While laser tattoo removal is hardly ever painful and only requires a numbing gel if needed, the laser energy is a harsh feature. As your skin responds to the ink-particle breakage, your body starts to weave the skin back together. This complex process includes blood coagulation, skin knitting, and sometimes scarring.

Additionally, because the laser uses heat to break up the ink particles, the heat can dry your skin's moisture. That may leave the treated area more irritated and itchier. But because itchiness is part of the healing process, it is important to avoid rubbing your skin.

How Should You Manage the Itching?


Anti-itch medications prescribed by your dermatologist can help minimize the itchy feeling. Here are other things you can do to relieve the discomfort.

Moisturize the Itchy Area


Soothe the tattoo removal area with a moisturizing lotion or cream recommended by your doctor. The moisturizer creates a protective barrier to shield your skin against damage. It keeps your skin in good physical shape and promotes healing. Rubbing the itchy area can leave scratches on the skin and ultimately cause infection.

Avoid Using Hot Water Over the Treated Area


Hot water can make your skin itchier because it strips your skin of its natural oils. These oils help keep your skin healthy and without them, your skin dries and becomes more irritated. Hot water can increase swelling on your skin as well, so experts recommend keeping your bath or shower temperatures at 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Avoid Situations or Things That Trigger Itching


Various things can cause your skin to feel itchy—excess sun exposure, cleaning solutions, certain types of fabric or clothing, or excessively heated rooms. Identify the things or situations that may cause your skin to itch and avoid them to encourage faster recovery.

Stay Hydrated


When your skin is dry, it can crack, fragment, and itch. One of the easiest ways to solve this issue is to drink enough water to hydrate your skin. By staying hydrated, you are lowering your skin's risk of cracking and becoming itchy.

If your skin is feeling itchy after laser tattoo removal, talk to your dermatologist before trying anything. Your dermatologist will know how to handle each symptom efficiently.

For more on the effects of laser tattoo removal, visit at our office in Berkeley, California. Call (510) 710-722 to schedule an appointment today.


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