Wrecking Balm

Wrecking Balm
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The Pitch: "Regret it? Fade it! Forget it!"  

April 2009. Wrecking Balm is an at-home tattoo-removal system that promises to be "devastatingly effective" at fading unwanted tattoos. It is designed to remove the top layers of the skin, bringing ink closer to the surface so that it can be removed gradually. However, according to tattoo artists, laser removal and intense light therapy are really the only reliable ways to get rid of a tattoo -- processes which are painful and can cost 100 times what you spent to get the tattoo in the first place. Wrecking Balm promises to fade (but not eliminate) a tattoo without the pain and scarring of laser or light treatments.

According to the manufacturer, the Wrecking Balm system may take up to six months to fade tattoos completely. Wrecking Balm, which is intended to be used every other day, includes a handheld buffing device that's similar to a microdermabrasion tool and a gel containing salicylic acid, which helps remove the upper layers of the skin.

  • 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Costs less than laser tattoo removal
  • Less painful than laser removal
  • Minimally effective
  • Results may take six months
  • Stings
  • Can cause irritation
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