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4 Ways to eliminate permanent tattoos from your skin

The government banned youths with tattoos from participating in the National Youth Service national recruitment, which took place at Thika Stadium in Kenya on February 5 to 6, after the NYS announced vacancies.

Despite meeting the academic and physical fitness requirements, some youths were disqualified for having tattoos on their hands, chests and other parts of their bodies.

These individuals, who said they had acquired tattoos during secondary school when it was less of an issue, pleaded for reconsideration and offered to remove the tattoos so as not to miss out on the opportunity offered by the government.

Disqualifications were also based on discrepancies in national identity cards and low academic grades, not just tattoos.

Now, removing a permanent tattoo from your body can be a difficult and costly process, and it’s important to approach it with caution.

There are several methods of tattoo removal, but none of them are guaranteed to completely remove the tattoo or restore the skin to its original condition.

Here are some common tattoo removal methods:

Laser tattoo removal:

This is the most common method of tattoo removal. It uses a high-energy beam of light to break up the ink particles in the tattoo.

Several sessions are usually required and the process can be painful and expensive.

Laser tattoo removal should be done by a trained professional to minimise the risk of scarring and other complications.

Surgical removal:

In some cases, a surgeon may be able to remove a tattoo by cutting out the skin containing the tattoo. This method is more invasive and may cause scarring.


This method involves sanding down the skin to remove the tattoo. It’s an older method that’s less commonly used today because of the risk of scarring and changes in skin texture.

Chemical peels:

Some people try to use chemical peels to remove tattoos, but this method is generally not very effective and can cause skin damage.

Tattoo removal creams:

There are various creams and ointments on the market that claim to fade or remove tattoos, but their effectiveness is often limited and they may carry a risk of skin irritation.

It’s important to consult a dermatologist or tattoo removal specialist to discuss the best options for your specific tattoo.

Remember that tattoo removal is a lengthy process and complete removal may not be possible.

It’s also important to consider the potential risks and side effects of tattoo removal, such as scarring and changes in skin texture and colour.