I had previously done a post on use of topical creams for tattoo removal in 2016. You can view that blog post here. The problem is that tattoo ink is deep in the skin, and it would be very difficult for a topical cream to work its way through the skin to get to the ink. And even if it could do so, the ink is in the deep layers of the skin is inside of special cells call macrophages. These are a type of white blood cell. The job of the macrophage is to be a vacuum cleaner for disposal of debris or trash in the body. When a person gets a tattoo, the body sees the ink as debris or an invader and wants to get rid of it. It body perform this clean up task by using macrophages to trap the ink.
Macrophages are very good at their job! So good in fact that it is very, very difficult to get them to give up the ink they have taken in. An article in the April 2018 edition of The Journal of Experimental Medicine was able to demonstrate that tattoo pigment particles can undergo successive cycles of capture–release–recapture without any tattoo vanishing; this means one macrophage releases the ink, but before it can clear, another macrophage takes it in. Now that is teamwork.
There is a cream that has the potential to work on the macrophages and help release the ink, leading to tattoo fading and perhaps removal. Cipher Pharmaceuticals has a product called DTR-001 listed as a product in the pipeline. It is listed as being in the preclinical phase, meaning it has a very long way to go.
For now, using a cream to remove a tattoo is a pipe dream; laser tattoo removal remains the gold standard for fading or totally removing your ink. Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic is located in Glendale, WI and serves the greater Milwaukee area. Your tattoo removal will be performed by Dr. Brotzman, a physician with decades of clinical experience. Give us a call today at 414-617-2849 or request a consult on our web site by clicking here.