Tattoo removal creams are primarily sold online but are recently beginning to move into traditional retail outlets. Topical tattoo removal products are available without a prescription and vary in price from under $40 to well over $100.
Having spent some time comparing various tattoo products, it is safe to say that the best tattoo removal cream is one that is safe and does not contain either Hydroquinone or TCA. Unfortunately, these two ingredients in particular are dangerous and in the case of Hydroquinone is banned in multiple countries throughout the world.
TCA is an acid which is primarily used in facial treatments. Most skin care professionals strongly suggest that one only uses this ingredient in the presence of a trained medical professional if something were to go wrong.
Tattoo Removal Creams - Safe Ingredients
One of the safest ingredients found in removal creams is Alpha Arbutin. This ingredient has been clinically tested and proven to not only be effective, but to also be safe as well. Essentially, Alpha Arbutin is a natural version of Hydroquinone. The way Alpha Arbutin works is by prohibiting new skin from developing pigment. As the older layers of skin are naturally replaced by new layers, Alpha Arbutin "bleaches" the skin which in turn helps fade the unwanted tattoo.
It is very important to note, that if you choose to purchase a topical product, you will probably want to also purchase a skin exfoliation device. Some kits do come with one, but they are generally over-priced. A simple scrubbing pad sold for a few dollars at a local superstore will suffice.
In conclusion, while most topical products are effective, they are not always safe which is why it is important to pay close attention to each potential product's ingredients.