You can now wipe away those tattoos that you regret having ever injected into your skin by way of a cream designed to erase the marks without pain and blister formation.
Safer & cheaper
Still have your ex’s name tattooed on your skin and desperate as to wiping it away? Well, if we did not have a handy solution in the past, we now have it in the form of a cream that is said to melt the mark without causing any pain.
The cream is applied to the spot where the tattoo was imprinted onto the skin of the individual and causes it to fade away.
The manufacturers of the ointment are marketing their product as a cheaper and safer alternative to laser surgery. They argue that the skin will not be scarred after its use and nor will blisters be left on the spot.
Words from the maker
The main brain behind the project is PhD student Alec Falkenham from the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.
He commented in statement:
“When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we’ve designed a drug that doesn’t really have much off-target effect.
“We’re not targeting any of the normal skin cells, so you won’t see a lot of inflammation.
“In fact, based on the process that we’re actually using, we don’t think there will be any inflammation at all and it would actually be anti-inflammatory.”
Why are tattoos otherwise impossible to remove?
The ink is inserted into the skin causing an immune response that brings cells known as macrophages to crowd at the spot and ingesting the ink. Some of the macrophages thereafter carry the ink to the lymph nodes which constitute an important part of the immune system, while other macrophages that have also eaten up the ink stay glued to the skin. The latter macrophages account for the ink to be visible from underneath the skin.
The cream aims at the macrophages
The cream is said to target the macrophages that cause the tattoo to be conspicuous. This stimulates the entry of other macrophages into the region: this leads to the engulfing of the ink-macrophages by the new ones. The latter then move to the lymph nodes such that no ink is left that appears under the skin.
No injection is required, and no inflammation is caused, as per the explanation of the maker.