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How to Remove a Tattoo at Home Quickly

How to Remove a Tattoo at Home Quickly

Choosing to get a tattoo removed is a big decision, but once the choice has been made, most people are itching to get the ink out of their skin as soon as they can. While it’s tempting to jump on the internet and start looking up how to remove a tattoo at home quickly, I caution you against that route.

Removing a tattoo at home is anything but quick and easy. It can often be painful and may even leave you more regret than your tattoo did in the first place.

Using Salabrasion/Dermabrasion To Remove Tattoos At Home

The internet is full of terrible suggestions. Ranging from dermabrasion, which literally sands away the unwanted pigmented skin, to using a salt mixture to heat up and scrape away your skin (salabrasion). If you were to attempt one of these DIY tattoo removal processes, you may or may not find that the tattoo is lightened or removed at the end of the healing process, but many people who attempt an at-home tattoo removal find that a scar is left in its place.

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One doctor goes as far as claiming these at home tattoo removal methods are the equivalent of throwing kerosene on your tattoo and lighting it on fire. For this exact reason, it is extremely important to consider your options and research the methods available to you before making a decision on how you want to have your tattoo removed.

I know that it’s tempting, but performing at home tattoo removal isn’t just slow and ineffective, it’s risky. Using dermabrasion or salabrasion to remove the top layer of your skin in a non-sterile environment can lead to infection and severe health concerns, especially if the area is large. To put things simply, you probably shouldn’t even be considering any tattoo removal method that utilizes salabrasion or dermabrasion.

Topical At-Home Tattoo Removal Methods

A few other options are left for people looking up how to remove a tattoo at home quickly, most of them topical remedies that are intended to lighten the tattoo using repeated applications of a cream, or other natural ingredients. While these are often safer than salabrasion or dermabrasion, they don’t usually provide the kind of complete removal effect that you are looking for.

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Creams marketed specifically for tattoo removal do exist, but many people experience adverse symptoms ranging from minor skin irritation to discoloring or even blistering of the skin after using these products. Other topical treatments involve chemical peels, but they aren’t any safer than the above-mentioned methods and can cause scarring as well.

All Natural Tattoo Removal methods

Other options for removing tattoos at home include applying lemon juice, honey or a mixture of aloe vera, paederia tomentosa, and vitamin E. These are much more natural remedies, but focus on gradually lightening of the whole area of skin and take a long time to show results. These are considered much safer options, but it’s unlikely you will be pleased with the results.

The Best Tattoo Removal Method

In order to get the best results with the least discomfort and lowest risk, I highly recommend seeking a professional laser tattoo removal service in your area. Laser tattoo removal is not only the safest method of removing tattoos, but it is also the fastest.

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Nonetheless, there are still a few very specific things you need to do before and after laser tattoo removal. A single session can last between 2 and 30 minutes, and most tattoos are completely removed within 3 to 6 sessions total. Tattoo removal shops have professionally trained medical staff, prepped with all of the necessary comforts to make the tattoo removal process quick and painless.

The Bottom Line

Once you have decided your reasons for removing a tattoo, it’s important to remember removing a tattoo at home quickly is simply not a realistic expectation. The quickest, safest, and by far most effective solution requires a visit with a professional.

At home tattoo removal methods are generally too risky and ultimately too ineffective to consider them a realistic solution. If you have time and are strapped for cash, it doesn’t hurt to do further research on natural remedies that are proven safe, but temper your expectations.

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If you want your tattoo removed quickly and with the least amount of risk, you require professional laser tattoo removal. Whatever method you choose to pursue, please perform additional research and do what you can to minimize the risk of burning and scarring.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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