Tattoo ink and hydroquinone (hq) or anti-pigmentation treatment.
Note by dr samuel von eeden, dermatologist and zo trainer.
When a tattoo is performed, the target is to deposit the tattoo ink in the dermis – deep dermis to be precise. This is the very slow turn over part of the skin. If the same ink was deposited in the epidermis only – guess what – the pigment will disappear in about 18 weeks – the epidermis is your quick turn over part of your skin!!
Now, interestingly most medical tattoos are not allowed to use any of the heavy metals like in tattoo ink and is making use of organic pigments like senna etc. These are typically more epidermal than dermal and this might be more prone to be removed by your ZO aggressive program as the increase in cell turnover and exfoliation might just get rid of the pigment in the epidermis, leading to a lightening of the tattoo.
So what is the verdict then?
For a normal Tattoo in the DERMIS, the HQ is targeting only the melanocytes in the Stratum Basale, which are in the EPIDERMIS and should not affect the TATTOO in the DERMIS –
So therefore, you can go on aggressive ZO – CDP preparation and book yourself into a Controlled Depth Peel. It is likely that you can clear the Pigmentation distortion of the TATTOO with the Melamin Melamix – Tretinoin, two times per day and should not need the CDP.