how to care for a tattoo

March 6, 2023
how to care for a tattoo

How to Care For a Tattoo

Caring for a new tattoo is essential for proper healing and long term enjoyment of your artwork. Knowing how to properly care for a tattoo will help ensure it’s beauty and vibrancy for years to come. Follow these steps and your tattoo will thank you.

1. Keep the Tattoo Clean:

It is important to keep the tattoo clean during the healing process. Cleaning the tattoo is usually done twice daily by washing the area with warm water and a gentle, fragrance free soap. Do not rub the tattoo vigorously as this can cause irritation. Gently pat the area dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.

2. Avoid Sun Exposure:

A newly tattooed area of skin is more susceptible to the UV rays from the sun than an area with older skin. Make sure to protect the area of skin with sunscreen or by keeping it covered during the healing process. Also, make sure to keep the area of skin protected with sun block or clothing after the healing period has ended.

3. Moisturize:

It is important to moisturize the area to ensure proper healing. Use fragrance free lotions and creams to keep the area moist. Avoid petroleum-based products such as Vaseline or A & D ointment.

4. Avoid Picking or Scratching:

It is important to avoid picking or scratching at the area to prevents infection, scabbing and prolonged healing. Picking at the area or scratching can also cause the tattoo to become misshapen or smeared.

5. Watch For Signs of Infection:

Watch for signs of infection such as redness, increased pain, swelling and pus. If you encounter any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

By following these important steps, you can care for your new tattoo and help ensure it’s beauty and vibrancy for many years to come.

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?

The healing process for a tattoo typically takes 1-2 weeks. However, keep in mind that it can take up to 4 weeks and beyond to fully heal depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo.

What should I do to take care of a new tattoo?

1. Clean the tattoo area and your hands with antibacterial soap.

2. Gently pat the tattoo area dry with a clean, disposable towel.

3. Apply a non-scented, unscented moisturizer to the area twice a day.

4. Reapply a layer of petroleum jelly or a tattoo aftercare product to keep the tattoo hydrated and clean.

5. Avoid picking or scratching the area and keep it exposed to the air as much as possible.

6. Avoid direct sunlight and always wear protective clothing or sunscreen when exposed to sunlight.

7. Avoid swimming and hot tubs until the tattoo has healed.

8. If there is any swelling, redness, blistering or oozing, contact your tattoo artist or doctor immediately.

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