Chemical Scarification

Chemical scarification uses a chemical reaction to irritate a wound that is generally created by cutting. When choosing this method of scarification, a would is cut into the flesh with a scalpel, and then a chemical irritant is added to the cut to result in a heavy, raised scar.

There are some cases, where the initial cut doesn’t start the process, and a chemical is used to solely to achieve the pattern and scar.

In this process, the area must be washed and shaved in preparation for the chemical. The pattern is negatively blocked off using a water-proof and chemical-resistant material, such as Vaseline or tape. The chemical irritant is then added to create the positive pattern on the skin (which is the actual pattern that you want scarred into the tissues). The chemical is left on the skin for anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes, depending on the area, and then rinsed off with large amounts of water or a neutralized chemical.

The chemical irritant may vary from soap to formaldehyde, depending on what is available.

There are certain acids and bases that should never be used, such as hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, lye, caustic soda, or potassium hydroxide. These materials are too strong and must be completely dissolved in water in order to be used safely, but then become too watery to spread.

Chemical scarification is one of the more painful forms of modification. Every moment of pain is felt, as the nerve ends are destroyed.