How To Fade A Tattoo: 3 Simple Steps You Need To Know in 2024!

by Tori Jones
How To Fade A Tattoo

Greetings, my pigment pals! We’ve all been there – that indelible mark we once adored, now a blemish marring our canvas. Maybe it’s the adolescent symbol of rebellion that just doesn’t hold the same weight, or the once-love of your life’s initials that were meant to be forever – until they weren’t. But fret not, the art of tattoo fading has come a long way.

How To Fade A Tattoo
@Allef Vinicius Via Instagram – Want your tattoo to look brighter? Try tattoo balm 

There’s an unspoken triad of decision-making when it comes to fading that ink:

  1. Embrace the chaos: Stick with your “unique” design, and pray that your other tattoos or fashion statements might balance out this moment of ‘artistic expression.’
  2. Seek professional help: Laser tattoo removal salons, though potentially expensive and time-consuming, offer a serious solution to serious tattoo regret.
  3. Fade your tattoo with DIY methods: This is the jackpot if you’re looking to fade that old tattoo and replace it with a new masterpiece.
How To Fade A Tattoo
@Allef Vinicius Via Instagram – Want your tattoo to look brighter? Try tattoo balm 

. The Natural Route: Salt and Lemon Juice, Anyone?

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of DIY tattoo fading – because, hey, sometimes we’re all about that homegrown solution. For those DIY warriors among us, I’m talking about a good old-fashioned salt abrasion, also known as salabrasion.

Now listen up, this ain’t a method you should jump into without doing your homework. Salabrasion involves rubbing a salt solution onto your tattoo to help fade it. Some people also use lemon juice due to its natural bleaching properties.

But seriously, folks. Remember, we’re talking about your skin here. It’s not a piece of old furniture you’re trying to refurbish. Be gentle, be cautious, and don’t go rubbing your skin raw like a maniac.

Lemon and Lime Juice, the unsung heroes: These citrusy fellows have been aiding in the fight against stubborn pigmentation and dark spots for ages. Apply freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice on your tattoo a few times a day using a cotton pad. This method works wonders for black tattoos, though colored inks might prove to be a tougher nut to crack. Alternatively, you could use hydrogen peroxide in the same fashion.

How To Fade A Tattoo
@Monika Grabkowska Via Instagram – Want your tattoo to look brighter? Try tattoo balm 

2. Tattoo Removal Creams: The Slow & Steady Road

How To Fade A Tattoo
@Nati Melnychuk Via Instagram – Want your tattoo to look brighter? Try tattoo balm 

Then we’ve got the big guns, tattoo removal creams. These specialized products are formulated to coax the ink out of your skin. However, let’s not forget, as with anything in life, results may vary. When in doubt, reach out to your friendly neighborhood tattoo artist for their professional opinion.

Remember, we’re all about safety here, folks. You gotta make sure to get a cream that’s approved by the Skin Ink Defenders, or as you probably know them, the FDA. And, you know the drill, always do a patch test before slathering that cream all over your “No Regrets” tattoo (oh, the irony!).

3. Tattoo Removal Lasers: The Quick & Not-So-Painless Racecar

Lastly, there’s the professional’s choice: laser tattoo removal. It’s like a targeted, tattoo-seeking missile, using concentrated light beams to break down the ink particles nestled under your skin. Although effective, it’s neither cheap nor speedy. You might have to bear with multiple sessions before your tattoo starts to fade. And always consult a dermatologist before stepping into the world of lasers – safety first!

How To Fade A Tattoo
@deborasantosesteta Via Instagram – Want your tattoo to look brighter? Try tattoo balm 

Lasers work by breaking down the tattoo ink into tiny particles, which are then eliminated by your body’s very own clean-up crew (shout-out to the immune system). It’s kinda like setting off a mini ink-quake beneath your skin.

Beware though, this ain’t a walk in the park. It can be a smidge on the painful side. But hey, beauty is pain, am I right? (That was a joke. Always prioritize comfort and safety, pals).

Remember, costs can vary significantly depending on the size, complexity, color, and location of the tattoo, as well as your geographical location and the professional you choose. These are rough estimates and may not represent the exact costs you will encounter.

Tattoo SizeComplexityAverage Cost (Per Session)Estimated Number of Sessions
Small (< 3 in.)Low Complexity (Few colors, simple design)$50 – $2003 – 6
Small (< 3 in.)High Complexity (Many colors, intricate design)$200 – $4006 – 10
Medium (3 – 6 in.)Low Complexity$200 – $5005 – 10
Medium (3 – 6 in.)High Complexity$400 – $70010 – 15
Large (> 6 in.)Low Complexity$500 – $10008 – 15
Large (> 6 in.)High Complexity$1000 – $5000+15+

Keep in mind that it typically takes multiple sessions to effectively remove a tattoo with laser treatments, hence the estimated number of sessions. Always consult with a professional for an accurate quote.


In the world of ink and skin, the art of tattoo fading has evolved, offering an array of options that cater to every whim and wallet. Whether you choose the sunlit path of natural fading, the DIY route with homemade remedies, or the clinical precision of laser treatments, remember that it’s your skin, your story. Be sure to think about tattoo placement – areas with thin skin like wrists, ankles, and the neck tend to fade faster due to higher exposure and friction. The cost of fading can be a handful of loose change or it might burn a hole in your pocket, depending on your chosen method. Natural fading and DIY remedies are affordable, but they’re a slow burn. Laser treatments, while faster and more effective, can run you up several hundreds per session. The downside? Some methods, especially improper use of DIY remedies or unprofessional laser treatments, can lead to skin irritation, scarring, or an unwanted discoloration. As always, I’ll echo the tattoo artist’s golden rule: Your skin is a canvas – treat it with respect. And if you’re ever in doubt, remember, every mark, every line, every faded memory is part of your journey. So here’s to faded tattoos, new beginnings, and the stories we carry under our skin.

Here’s a rough estimation for how long it typically takes to see results from each tattoo fading method:

Tattoo Fading MethodTime to See Results
Tattoo Removal Creams3 – 6 months (depending on frequency of application and depth of ink)
Tattoo Removal LasersAfter the first session, but it may take 6 – 10 sessions (with breaks of 6 – 8 weeks between each session) for full removal
Natural Route (Salt and Lemon Juice)1 – 3 months (though this method may be less effective and results can be inconsistent)

As with any procedure, there are potential risks and side effects associated with each tattoo fading method. Here they are, broken down for you:

Tattoo Fading MethodPotential Risks and Side Effects
Tattoo Removal CreamsPossible allergic reactions, skin irritation, incomplete tattoo removal, potential for scams with non-FDA approved products
Tattoo Removal LasersPain during procedure, skin discoloration, risk of infection, scarring, blistering, and incomplete tattoo removal
Natural Route (Salt and Lemon Juice)Skin irritation, scarring, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, incomplete tattoo removal

Remember, these are estimations. Everyone’s skin and tattoos are unique, so your personal results may vary. Always consult with a professional if you have questions or if you’re considering tattoo removal.

You may also like