A magic cream that rubs out your bad choices

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Tattoos, I don’t have any. Everywhere I go these days I see them. No longer exclusive to sailors and tough guys they adorn young and old. At some point they became fashionable. The problem with fashion is that it changes. Who these days would be seen dead now in the padded shoulder suits of the eighties ( apart from a certain Green co-leader )?

When my son was at primary another 30 something Mum pulled up her top to proudly show me her belly ring. At the time I remember thinking, belly rings used to be cool and the preserve of young things. If a thirty something full time mother is now sporting one they have gone out of fashion. That is the thing with being a rebel. Once your rebellion becomes mainstream it loses its cachet.

So what do you do when the thrill wears off and your tattoo that seemed so hip, so edgy and so cool now feels like a sticker advertising something you no longer sell? You have changed but your ink stays the same, a permanent reminder of a choice that seemed like a good idea at the time.

Ouch!

Ouch!

Until recently there was only one choice available to you and it involved pain. I know this because a local Tattoo removal business has as their slogan, Get your ink off in a friendly, non judgmental environment with less pain!!

Where is the problem I hear you ask. Anyone who has gotten a tattoo can handle pain.

double ouch!

double ouch!

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Personally I like to avoid pain. I used to think for example that natural childbirth was a great idea. Luckily my neighbour in Khandallah set me straight. Show me the medal she demanded, show me the medal they will give you for giving birth without pain relief! Do you take a panadol if you have a bad headache she asked me. When I replied that yes I did, she then asked me why I would think it was a good idea to push something that big out of something so small without pain relief. She was a wise woman.
So for those of you who like me will choose no pain over pain every time there is a solution for removing your tramp stamp.
New tattoo removal cream promises to fade ink, doesn't hurt and only costs ?3

New tattoo removal cream promises to fade ink, doesn’t hurt and only costs ?3

A Canadian student has developed a new method of tattoo removal that could save people a good deal of pain and expense, allowing them to get rid of regrettable tats by simply rubbing cream into them.
“When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we’ve designed a drug that doesn’t really have much off-target effect,” 27-year-old PhD student and inventor Alec Falkenham told CBC.”We’re not targeting any of the normal skin cells, so you won’t see a lot of inflammation. In fact, based on the process that we’re actually using, we don’t think there will be any inflammation at all and it would actually be anti-inflammatory.”How it worksDuring a tattoo, ink is injected into the skin. This causes an immune response and cells called ‘macrophages’ move to the area to ‘eat up’ the ink. Some carry it away to the body’s lymph nodes but others over-eat and stay stranded in your skin, forming the tattoo.Falkenham’s cream targets them by making new microphages arrive to consume the old ink-filled ones, starting the process from the beginning and causing the tattoo to slowly but surely fade.Not only is it a safer method than laser removal, but it should be a lot cheaper.Falkenham doesn’t yet know how many applications will be required (the cream is still in the testing phase), but he estimates four cents per square centimetre ? around $4.50 or ?3 for a 10-centimetre by 10-centimetre area.

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