The Definitive Salabrasion Guide – (Warning! Graphic content!)

For a variety of reasons you might want to remove your tattoo. But how do you get rid of that piece of ink?

Salabrasion is a technique to remove tats naturally. It is a laserless tattoo removal treatment and perhaps the oldest answer to the question “How to remove tattoo ink from skin.“

Despite the existence of new and better techniques for removing tattoos, salabrasion is still widely utilized.

But it’s certainly not for everyone!

Read this article if this technique might be suitable for you…

Tattoo removal with salt (Salabrasion) – How Does It Work?

The layer below your skin, the dermis, is where the ink is in. So the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, has to be abraded for your tattoo to be able to fade and removed.

The saline or salt will cause the tattoo to fade and also the dermis will be scabbed. So the dead skin ,with the unwanted ink, can be removed after the procedure .This is why scarring is always a big risk.

A guide to improve effective salabrasion 

1. The Preparations

Requirements: salt, water, and an abrasive device.

You can apply a local anesthetic cream before the procedure to reduce the pain.

If the tattoo region has some hair, this has to be shaved off before the process is carried out. Because the abrasive device could stick on the hair and will cause more pain.

2. The Procedure​

Salabrasion is pretty simple and consists of three steps


Salt is placed on the tattoo area. It really doesn’t matter what kind of salt you use. Be sure that you have enough.


Add some water. In the most western countries you can use tap water. Be sure you first leave the water running for about 30 seconds to ensure you have clean tap water.


Rub the abrasive device, which often is a gauze wrapped around wood,on the tattoo area until it turns red or start to bleed. You can also use a rough sponge, a wool cloth or just your fingers.

Note: I you have doubts about the quality of the water use saline instead.

Keep in mind that several treatments are always needed as the tattoo will not vanish instantly.

The process typically takes about forty minutes, but may take longer depending on the size of the tattoo.

Take A Look At This Video For All The Steps

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3. The aftercare

 – Clean the treated area with saline or water. Remove all blood cloths and be sure there is no fluff that remains in the wound.

– Put an antibiotic cream on the effected skin to prevent infection

– Put a sterile gauze or bandage on the treated area so the eroded area remains clean. Try always to work with sterile materials (saline, gauzes, bandages)

– Clean the bandage after 2 days. Before getting the bandage of it’s best to make it wet. This because it does not stick to the wound and will be ripped open again.

– When the dressing is removed salt is applied once more on the area for a few hours. The tattoo region will at this point have some dead skin. This will separate from new regenerating skin effectively removing the tattoo pigment in the process.

– Again an antibiotic is applied to the area, and the region is dressed once more.Keep cleaning the bandage every 2 days until the treated area isn’t wet anymore.

Rule of thumb is that you can do about 1 salabrasion tattoo removal treatment in 4 weeks.

Note: Be sure to use sunblock on unprotected abraded area’s.

Side effects and complications

  • Painful.  The abrasion will likely hurt as the skin is scabbed and eroded roughly. Since the method requires the application of force with a tough abrasive material, it is likely to cause a lot of pain. Local anesthetics will numb the area and lessen the pain but will not eliminate it
  • Infection. Always do proper aftercare and follow the steps mentioned in this article. If the abrasive material or water or even the dressing is not sterile, then you could introduce bacteria in the area, which could cause severe infection.
  • Permanent scars
  • Skin abnormalitities: hyperpigmentation (the treated area get’s darker then it’s surrounding skin) or hypopigmentation (the treated are get’s lighter then it’s surrounding skin)

The advantages

  • Whole tattoo removal. However, if some of the tattoo pigment remains after the first procedure, more salabrasion would be required to eliminate all the pigment.
  • Low-cost. It can be done at home yourself with material you propably already have. It will cost you less than more advanced methods.
  • It is a simple technique that one can perform on himself at home.

Salabrasion Before And After Photos

Example 1.

Example 2

Example 3


Though salabrasion is a cheap and simple method of removing tattoos it is very painful and primitive.

You have to ask yourself if you risk to trade the removal of your tat for a scar, or even multiple scars.

Please read about alternative treatments before considering the salabrasion tattoo removal procedure