If you are reading this, you probably have an intention to get one of those cool tattoo designs on your body or you have already got one recently. You must be well aware that the process of the “tattoo aftercare” can be really hard.
Improper tattoo aftercare can cause loss of the tattoo color, scars and you can be at the high risk of infections. Though I am pretty sure that your tattoo artist (if a professional one) has already explained how you should “look after” your tattoo, there are several “dos” and “don’ts” that I would like you to pay attention to.
- Do not rush to the bathroom immediately after you get home. Keep the new tattoo dry (at least for the following 24 hours). During the following week showers are OK, but baths are totally forbidden.
- Do not re-bandage the tattoo after moving the bandage your artist has put. Let your skin breathe.
- Do not use soaps with additives to wash the tattoo. Make sure the product you are using is water based (avoid petroleum based soaps).
- Do not use sponges, washcloths, paper towels or cotton balls to wash it — only your fingers.
- Do not let the water directly hit the new tattoo, otherwise you will spoil it.
- Never ever rub, scrub, scratch or pick the tattoo, since in that case you will have to forget about beautiful and cool tattoo designs. Yours will probably become a blurry one.
All this is not essential for temporary tattoos, they will fade anyway, but the case is different with permanent ones. No one would like to have a blurred tattoo whole is life, so mind the following;
- If you are still bleeding after getting home, gently pad the tattoo with a new paper towel, but take care that the blood doesn’t pool.
- Keep the bandage on the tattoo from two hours to overnight (as your artist will advise). Remove the bandage carefully. If it sticks, pour a little of cold water between the skin and the bandage, leave it for a while and try again.
- When the bandage is removed, wash the tattoo with your fingers (and nothing else) with an antibacterial soap without additives, like deodorants or skin softeners.
- Dry the tattoo with a soft towel.
- Use A&D ointment during five-six days. It’ll keep your tattoo shiny. Remember not to apply a thick coat of ointment, your skin needs to breathe (one or two drops will be enough).
- Go for a walk in the open air, so that the healing skin breathes, but consider also that you should avoid direct sunlight. Once the healing process is over, apply sunblock before going out as the sun can make the colors fade.
And in the end, if you experience unbearable itching, rash or fever, don’t lose a minute, and consult a doctor, as these are the symptoms that indicate an infection.
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