The removal of a tattoo has been tried using clay, calcium bentonite clay to be precise. Calcium bentonite clay is natural occurring ‘earth’ found in a limited number of locations around the world. The use of calcium bentonite clay has been known for its ‘detox’ abilities by many indigenous populations around the world. It is only recently been gaining popularity in the modern world.
Calcium bentonite clay has natural negative charged ionic molecules whereas most substances, including tattoo ink, have positive charged ionic molecules. The clay literally attracts positive charged ink and holds it (adsorption) as well as drawing the ink molecules inside the clay molecules (absorption). This amazing double bout process works with astonishing efficacy.
To apply the clay couldn’t be simpler…
- Create some hydrated clay either by mixing 1 part clay powder with 3 parts water (preferably filtered) or using clay mask straight from its tub.
- Spread a layer of hydrated clay over the tattoo to be removed. Leave the clay to harden and do its job of absorbing (and adsorbing) the tattoo ink. One hour should be long enough, unless the clay hasn’t hardened.
- Then wash off the dry clay but do not rub or brush the area, just wash by lightly sweeping you hand over the area and dry softly with a towel.
- Repeat this for at least four times a day, with the last time left overnight. Don’t add anything else to the mixture or anything else to the treatment, like a bandage wrap for instance. The hardened clay will fall off but it should be easily cleaned up with a vacuum cleaner.
- Depending upon the tattoo this daily routine should be repeated for three months. Over that time after the clay absorbs (and adsorbs) the ink out of your skin, the tattoo should fade then disappear. If the tattoo hasn’t disappeared, then stop the treatment for a month and then undertake another three month cycle of treatments.
- The colors, size and age of the tattoo in addition to your skin type will all have a bearing on the rate at which the tattoo disappears. A multicolored tattoo will take longer to disappear than a black-ink only tattoo. Also the color green is the most difficult to remove.
This method is never as immediate as laser removal procedures but this is a simple and in-expensive approach that can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home without visiting the laser treatment clinic.
Remember this treatment is not the same as applying abrasive exfoliation creams. Tattoo removal creams break down the pigments in the skin (both inked and natural). Clay is supporting the skin by attracting the tattoo ink to the surface and on to (and into) the clay. Effectively your own skin is doing the work in a natural less oppressive manner.
Try it, what have you got to lose – apart from the tattoo?