Tattoo Cover Up For Dark Skin

The best solution for scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions.

Around 45 million people have tattoos in the United States alone. This makes them a popular accessory that, well, stays with you forever. However, not everybody gets a tattoo to add an aesthetic design to their skin.

Some color tattoos on dark skin are designed to help cover up scars, hide hyperpigmentation, or help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Yes, camouflage tattoos on dark skin can help with all of those issues.

However, it’s important to know what’s causing your hyperpigmentation or how long it will take your skin to heal if you’re interested in getting tattoos to cover something on your skin.

There are several factors that can affect the design, healing, and appearance of a tattoo on dark skin. To learn about what to expect with a camouflage tattoo and just how safe they are for people with dark skin, keep scrolling. This is the guide for you.

What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

Let’s start with the basics. What is hyperpigmentation and what causes it? Hyperpigmentation is the result of an excess of melanin, the skin’s brown pigment, in certain areas. How does this happen?
Well, we all have melanin. It’s produced by melanocytes, which are located in the lower layer of the skin called the dermis. When these cells become damaged or when they are exposed to certain chemicals or ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, they can overproduce melanin.
The excess melanin then gathers in clumps, resulting in dark patches on the skin. This means that there are a variety of factors that can cause hyperpigmentation, including:
  • Sun damage
  • Inflammation
  • Hormones
  • Certain medications.
And while hyperpigmentation can affect people with all different skin types, black people and those with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation. This is because there is naturally a lot more melanin in the skin, to begin with.
What can you do if you experience hyperpigmentation?
Treatment typically involves using lightening creams or undergoing laser therapy to remove the excess pigment. In some cases, hyperpigmentation may also be treated with chemical peels or microdermabrasion.
However, most of those are either not effective or can result in even more skin damage. That’s where micro pigmentation comes into play! As it sounds, this is basically the opposite of hyperpigmentation.
Micropigmentation, also called permanent makeup, is the process of depositing tiny amounts of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. This technique can be used for a variety of cosmetic purposes, such as enhancing the appearance of eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips.

And, in the case of scars, hyperpigmentation, or stretch marks, it can also be used for medical reasons, such as to camouflage scars or blemishes! So, we’re technically referring to camouflage tattoos.

How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation.

Before we get into how to cover up scars or sections of skin with hyperpigmentation, it’s worth talking about how to prevent it in the first place.

After all, there are many possible treatments for hyperpigmentation, but the best way to prevent it is to avoid it altogether.

Sun damage is the leading cause of hyperpigmentation, even for people with darker skin, so it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even when it’s cloudy.

Likewise, if you’ll be spending time outdoors, wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat. Yes, this applies to those with dark skin. While you’re less likely to sunburn, you’re not immune to the harmful effects of sun rays.

It’s also helpful to avoid using harsh skincare products that can irritate the skin and trigger hyperpigmentation. Instead, opt for gentle, hydrating products that will help to keep your skin healthy and balanced.

If you have hyperpigmentation, there are a number of treatments your dermatologist can prescribe or recommend.

When in doubt, talk to your doctor about which option is right for you. With proper care, you can help prevent hyperpigmentation or reduce its appearance. If you’re unable to reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation, then look into camouflage tattoos.

What Are the Treatments for Hyperpigmentation on Dark Skin?

While we believe that camouflage tattoos are the best, safest, and longest-lasting option for covering up scars and treating hyperpigmentation, there are other treatments that exist that are worth talking about just so you know why camouflage tattoos are the best option for you.

Treatments for hyperpigmentation in dark skin can include a number of different options but can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Here are some solutions to be aware of.

Consider the Underlying Condition.

Consult a dermatologist to find out the cause of your dark spots. Oftentimes, in people with darker skin, this can be genetic or it can be caused by a lack of proper protection from the sun.

Apply Sunscreen.

When too much UV exposure can exacerbate dark spots, the thing to do is limit your time in the sun as much as possible. Because those with dark skin don’t usually burn, they often skip the sunscreen.

However, to reduce your chances of hyperpigmentation and to ensure you’re not making your stretch marks or scars worse, make it a habit to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day (yes, too much sun can make scars worse!).

Find a Good Serum.

Serums infused with powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin C, fight dark spots and promote radiant skin.

You can also look for tranexamic acid, azelaic acid, kojic acid, glycolic acid, and niacinamide which are commonly used in serums, and help reduce hyperpigmentation and brighten the complexion.

Look Into Cover-Up Tattoos.

Depending on the cause of your hyperpigmentation and where it is, you’ll likely find that cover-up tattoos for men and women provide a super simple yet effective solution. You can get cover-up tattoos pretty much anywhere.

This includes getting a tattoo on your boobs to reduce the signs of stretch marks or surgery scars. It also includes getting a tattoo on your buttocks to reduce the signs of stretch marks due to weight gain or puberty.

What Are Camouflage Tattoos?

Whew. Now that you know all about hyperpigmentation and what causes it, let’s dive into camouflage tattoos.

Camouflage tattoos are a type of tattoo that is designed to blend in with the natural colors of the skin. This makes them especially effective as a tattoo for people with dark skin. They’re often used to cover up birthmarks, scars, or vitiligo.

How does it work? Pretty much like a regular tattoo, just with ink the color of your skin so that it hides and hyperpigmentation you can see. This means they’ll look at where your skin falls on the Fitzpatrick Scale and mix an ink that matches your tone perfectly.

The tattoo artist will use a special needle to inject ink into the dermis, the second layer of skin. The ink will then settle into the pigment cells and won’t fade over time. Camouflage tattoos can last for many years, but they may need to be refreshed every few years to maintain their color.

Where do people tend to get camouflage tattoos? Most camouflage tattoos for men are done around the shoulders and chest to get rid of hyperpigmentation and stretch marks caused by a massive increase in muscle.

Most camouflage tattoos for women are done in the areas around the breasts, buttocks, and stomach. This includes using skin-colored ink to cover up scarring from pregnancy or weight gain and also reducing the appearance of stretch marks that occur naturally.

Good Candidates for Camouflage Tattooing.

Good candidates for camouflage tattooing are those who have scars, burns, or other skin abnormalities that they would like to cover up.

The tattoo artist will work with your to match your skin color in a way that will blend in with the surrounding skin, making the imperfection less noticeable.

When it comes down to it, camouflage tattooing can be an effective way to boost one’s confidence and self-esteem. However, here are a few instances when it’s especially helpful.

Stretch Marks.

Stretch marks are a common type of scar that can occur when the skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Camouflage tattooing is a type of tattooing that can help to disguise stretch marks.
The tattooist uses ink that is matched to your skin tone and then creates a design that blends in with the stretch marks. This can help to make the stretch marks less visible and give you confidence.

Self-Harm Scars.

Camouflage tattooing can help to make self-harm scars less visible, and it can also help to make them less noticeable to other people. This makes a self-harm tattoo an effective way to help with the appearance of the scar.

More than that, though, it can be a helpful part of the healing process. Getting rid of the scar can sometimes help the individual move on from the painful memory.

Surgery Scars.

Surgery scars can be very difficult to deal with, both emotionally and mentally. For some people, these scars can be a constant reminder of a traumatic event or a painful surgery. However, for others, they’re simply unsightly scars that reduce the effect of the surgery.

Camouflage tattooing is a way to help people deal with their surgery scars by hiding them from view. Whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, c-section, or any other type of surgery, a camouflage tattoo can help.


Hyperpigmentation is a condition where the skin produces too much melanin, resulting in dark patches. This can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, or certain medications.

Hyperpigmentation can be difficult to treat with traditional methods, but camouflage tattooing can be an effective solution. Your experienced tattoo artist will blend the dark patches with the rest of the skin, providing a more uniform appearance.

The procedure is super safe and effective. However, it’s important to choose an experienced tattoo artist to avoid complications.

Cover-Up Tattoo Pain Scale for Dark Skin.

Covering up a tattoo on dark skin sounds quite painful, but is it really? What exactly does it feel like?

It really depends on where you’re getting the tattoo. Tattoos on sensitive areas of the skin such as around breast tissue or on areas where there is little fat can be slightly more painful than tattoos in areas where the skin is rougher.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being no pain and 10 being the most painful, the pain of a camouflage tattoo procedure is between a 5 and a 7 for most patients.

How Long Does Stretch Mark Camouflage Take to Heal on Dark Skin?

Most people should wait an average of 90 days to heal, although some may see results as quickly as two weeks, especially if all aftercare instructions are followed. This includes avoiding sun exposure and limiting the intake of alcohol.

You can expect to see the final results of how your scars or hyperpigmentation after a full 90 days. So if you don’t see immediate results then don’t freak out. Simply wait a bit longer for everything will heal completely.

FAQ about color tattoos on dark skin:

We’ve done this type of tattoo for numerous clients. In fact, our team is specialized in concealing stretch marks, scars, and other skin discolorations using advanced camouflage techniques. Here are some of the most common questions we’ve gotten.

Can I get a tattoo on my boobs?

The answer is yes, you can! In fact, color tattoos on dark skin around the breasts are becoming increasingly popular. There are a few things to keep in mind when getting a tattoo on your breasts, however.

First, make sure to consult with a professional tattoo artist who has experience working with dark skin. Make sure they use an ink color properly mixed to complement your natural skin tone.

And, keep in mind that tattoos on breasts can occasionally cause changes in nipple sensation. But overall, color tattoos on breasts with dark skin are absolutely possible and can look beautiful!

Can I get a tattoo on my buttocks?

The short answer is yes, you can get a tattoo on your buttocks. However, there are a few things you should consider before making the decision to go ahead with the tattoo.

For example, the pain factor: Because there is less fat on the buttocks, the tattoo needle will be closer to the bone, which can make the experience more painful than other areas of the body.
Additionally, because the area is subject to a lot of movement, there is a greater risk that the tattoo will fade or blur over time.

If you’re still set on getting a scar or stretch mark cover-up tattoo on your butt, be sure to choose a reputable artist who has experience inking this sensitive area.

Book your consultation today!

Whether you’re interested in learning more about color tattoos on dark skin or want to book a spot to get a scar cover-up tattoo, we’re here for you. From treating areas of hyperpigmentation to covering up stretch marks, we have the experience you’re looking for, including personal experience with family (we’re Hispanic).

We provide a wide range of camouflage tattoo services: