How to remove tattoos with salt paste

Written by karen curinga | 13/05/2017
How to remove tattoos with salt paste
Treatments such as salabrasion can help fade tattoos. (Altin Osmanaj/iStock/Getty Images)

For those considering tattoo removal, there are several methods available, including laser technology, dermabrasion, pulsed light, chemical peels and surgical removal of the tattooed skin. One of the oldest forms of tattoo removal is salabrasion, which is an abrasive salt paste technique typically used on superficial tattoos. It requires several applications and may result in fading, not complete tattoo removal.

Numb the body part surface to be treated. The medical professional you have selected will inject the tattooed area with a local anesthetic. Topical anesthetic creams and ointments are also available.

Create an abrasive paste with a mixture of sea salt and water. The paste should be thick and gritty.

Apply the salt paste to the tattoo. Scrape or rub the salt paste into the tattooed skin, using pieces of gauze or a tool similar to a sanding block. In past centuries, these blocks were made from wood and wrapped in gauze. Though this process may appear to be simple and easily done at home, treatment for this process by a professional is strongly suggested.

Observe the reaction of the skin to the abrasive action of the salt paste. Each person's skin reacts differently. Some skin will be more resilient while other skin may be susceptible to scarring, infection and skin discolouration.

Repeat this process over several sessions; tattoo removal is rarely completed in one treatment. Results vary from person to person depending on the skin condition, the size and colour of the body art, the type of inks used and how long it has been on the body. Healing between sessions is often necessary since bleeding often occurs with the salabrasion procedure.


  • Since this process is considered a cosmetic procedure, ensure your medical insurance company will agree to cover the cost of this treatment before you decide on this method of tattoo removal.


  • Discuss each of the available tattoo removal treatment processes with a professional in the field of tattoo removal before making your final decision.

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