How to care for a tattoo?
Caring for your new tattoo is pretty straight forward, and every artist will have slightly different advice. In most cases, the goal is simple – speed up healing and prevent infection. For a more in depth guide, see our tips below.
REMOVE THE BONDAGE
After 2-6 hours remove the bondage made by a tattoo artist. Note that you can not take a shower with it to avoid water ingress. If the liquid is released out of the bondage or accidentally wrecked or slipped, it can be removed earlier.
Thoroughly wash the tattoo with warm water and soap (recommended soap and shower gels without strong perfumes)
Pat the tattoo dry with a light, soft towel. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Once the excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered for 20 minutes to an hour.
USE AN OINTMENT FOR HEALING
Once your tattoo is fully dry, and the skin begins to feel tight you can apply a little ointment to the tattoo. Make sure to apply only a very thin layer and rub it in gently until it's absorbed by the skin.MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo, at minimum, twice a day until the scab is gone. You should continue to wash your tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and warm water until it is fully healed. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 six weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo.
If using lotion, make sure the product has the words “FRAGRANCE FREE” on the label, otherwise there may be a small amount of chemical additive to make it smell just a little better and that is what will irritate it. We do not recommend A&D ointment because of its high petroleum content. This will block your skin from breathing which is the most important thing for not only healthy but especially healing skin. It needs to be able to breathe to avoid clogging pores, etc.
THINGS TO AVOID:
As it heals, your tattoo will begin to scab. This is normal, and the scabs should be allowed to dry out and fall off by themselves. Do not try to help the process along by picking at the scabs. This may cause the scabs to fall off prematurely, leaving holes or light spots on your tattoo.
Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing on the area with your new tattoo, especially at first. As your tattoo heals, it will seep plasma and excess ink, which may cause the clothing to stick to the tattoo.
During the initial healing process, you absolutely need to keep your new tattoo out of the sun, as it will damage the skin further and can cause all sorts of problems from scaring your tattoo to lightening it up, uneven healing etc.
Excessive sweating, saunas, steam baths, and gym workouts all need to take a back seat for a little bit. Until your tattoo is fully healed, you should avoid swimming in a pool, in the sea, or even soaking in the bathtub.