Awesome, you now have your sick new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it right? From here on out, your tattoo artist is not responsible for taking care of it, and the responsibility of proper care is up to you. Read the guidelines below about the do’s-and-don’ts of tattoo after care.
Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason – to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.
Wash and Treat
After you remove the bandage, you want to gently wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment or blood and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive because that will just irritate the skin. Your hand is your best tool in this case. Follow with a very light application fragrance free Aveeno would be my first choice, but if you don’t DO NOT use Neosporin, A&D OR Bacetracin as you could have an allergic reaction that may cause little red bumps to appear and create a possible infection to your tattoo by drawing out the ink.
Bathing and Hot Tub Fun
Yes you can shower with your tattoo. Water will not hurt it and it is recommended that you wash it last while in the shower. However, soaking your tattoo is not a good idea and can cause serious damage. Allow 2-3 weeks for the tattoo to heal before soaking in any hot tubs or swimming or until all scabbing is gone. NO BATH JACUZZIS, LAKES, PONDS, OCEANS, OR PUDDING WRESTLING COMPETITIONS. Remembering to clean your tattoo with your hands and not a rag, and patting it dry with a paper towel and not your regular towel, for the first 5 nights you are wrapping it (.) after previous instruction. that is it, nothing goes under the saran wrap. In the morning the tattoo will be all pussie, this is normal, it is what would have all turned into a scab. thus bypassing the extra 3 weeks of scabbing nonsense.
Scabbing and Peeling
Some scabbing and peeling may occur when the tattoo begins to heal and this is normal. To help this, keep applying the proper lotion frequently and apply a warm moist compress to your tattoo for 5-20 minutes as needed, that is if there is scabbing Your tattoo will also start to itch like a sunburn does when it begins to heal. Avoid itching or picking at your tattoo as this will just cause damage to it. give the tattoo mild smacks or clean your hands and re apply lotion.
After your tattoo is healed you will want to take care of it, and this means sun protection. It is recommended to where 50SPF or higher sunblock whenever out in the sun if it is not covered up. This will help your tattoo stay vibrant and not fade as fast over time.