This Is What A Diy Tattoo Removal Kit May Do To Your Skin

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We all know getting tattoos of your partner's name on you isn't the best idea then again, we all know what love can do to people.

Courtesy of BBC Inside Out 1
Courtesy of BBC Inside Out 1

This girl has to learn the hard way. And hard and brutal it is.Torn after breaking up with her boyfriend — whose name is tattooed on her arm — Jess Hardy immediately wanted the only mark left that reminds her of her failed relationship gone. Perhaps, she wanted a quick way out of it but wasn't really prepared to shell out several hundred bucks to get it done in a laser tattoo removal clinic. And so, her next step was the internet.

Courtesy of BBC Inside Out 1
Courtesy of BBC Inside Out 1

That turned out to be one move the 23-year-old will regret for a long time. Not long after she poured the solution she ordered online on her arm, she realised what a big mistake she did was. “It felt like someone had poured something flammable on my arm, lit it then poured a kettle on it,” Hardy describes.

“I’m shocked someone has actually sold that.” Tests later showed that the solution contained a banned substance—trichloroacetic acid— that was used in the manufacture of smoke grenades. Smoke grenades, people.

Courtesy of BBC Inside Out 1
Courtesy of BBC Inside Out 1

Experts agreed that it was poor judgement on Hardy's part. Dr. Sean Lanigan, a clinical dermatologist comments, “It’s highly likely to cause severe burns, quite possibly resulting in permanent scarring. It’s also very unlikely to remove the tattoo.”

“Tattoo ink is sat in the middle of the skin. These sorts of things that burn the skin off are not going to work. People are not only wasting their money, they’re exposing themselves to a significant risk of damage,” he adds.

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We hope these actual images from Jess Hardy's experience will traumatise you enough to not even go near anything DIY in terms of tattoo removal. The same goes with DIY tattoos as well.

Jess' story was featured on The Inside Out investigation on BBC1.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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