If you'd like a tattoo removed you may have seen some of the many different types of tattoo removal creams on the market. There are many different names and varieties available including Wrecking Balm, Tat B Gone, Profade, Tattoo Off, Dermasal, Fade Away, and Inkbusters. Most people really like the idea of using a cream to erase their tattoos. However, tattoo ink sits below many layers of skin including a watertight membrane known as the basement membrane. Getting molecules down into these deep layers of skin is difficult so you can imagine how hard it can be to get ink out.

Cream and other abrasive skin products are probably the least effective tattoo removal options available. However, if you aren't looking for complete tattoo removal and simply want the tattoo to fade so it's less obvious or plan on covering the old tattoo with a new one they can be effective. However, if you want your tattoo to completely disappear you might want to save your money and pursue another course of action like laser tattoo removal or surgical excision.

Wrecking Balm

Wrecking Balm is one of more popular brands of tattoo removal cream. However, I should point out that the company does not claim its product removes tattoos completely but promises to be "devastingly effective" at fading unwanted tattoos. So, if you want to be technical, a better category for this product would probably be "tattoo fading cream". Wrecking Balm can be purchased online for around $150 and requires application every other day.

It can take up to six months for you to see a dramatic change. The Wrecking Balm "system" involves using a small buffing tool that resembles a microdermabrasion device and a gel that contains salicyclic acid which is used to remove the upper layers of skin. The product seems to get mixed reviews. Some say the product works as advertised while others say no fading occurred and caused skin irritation. The effectiveness probably depends on a lot of different factors including your skin type and the tattoo in question. Just like laser removal, some tattoos are more difficult depending on the different types of color present.

Tat B Gone

Another popular tattoo removal cream product is Tat B Gone. Tat B Gone seems to get the same type of reviews as Wrecking Balm with some saying they have no complaints while others stating the creams are a waste of money. Tat B Gone includes a regimen of different creams and a system which requires you to use the product twice daily for as long as it takes to see the results you want. Their website claims, "our system helps fade your tattoo or permanent cosmetic in an average of 3 to 9 months." Six months of Tat B Gone will cost you $300.

One thing to keep in mind when looking at the different types of tattoo removal creams online is that photos may not always be what they seem. You can make a tattoo fade and disappear in Photoshop quite easily. I'm not saying that either company above has done that with the photos on their website but its not beyond the realm of possibility.