A Canadian student has developed a new method to remove tattoos, and it’s as easy and painless as applying lotion. In fact, it is a simple cream that could be the cheaper and less painful alternative to laser tattoo removal, the Independent reported.
The product’s inventor, 27-year-old Alec Falkenham, said his cream would eliminate the scarring, blisters, and pain associated with laser removal, in addition to dramatically cutting down the cost. His product has apparently produced great results in tests so far.
Falkenham told CBC:
“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.”
Laser tattoo removal is currently one of the few effective methods to remove tattoos, but is an expensive and painful process that can cause scarring, leave burns on the patient’s skin, and typically requires multiple sessions. Even then, there can be faint traces of ink left on the skin.
Falkenham’s cream works by generating an immune response in certain skin cells called macrophages. The cream essentially causes the body to increase production of macrophages, which then “eat” the ink, causing the tattoo to slowly disappear.
The cream is still being tested and requires further research, but Falkenham hopes to one day have his product widely available on the market.