First of all, wow!! You finally had the guts to get that tattoo you’ve always wanted.
How was the process like? Oh, tell us about it in the comment section.
Anyways, you know that’s not all right?
You have to make sure that the skin doesn’t get infected. So, how can you make sure that the new tattoo is something you don’t end up regretting?
Follow these steps while your new tattoo heals.
1. Keep the bandage on
Your new tattoo is a wound and should be treated as such. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 5 or 6 hours. It’s to prevent bacteria and infection to invade your wound and consequently ruin your beautiful tattoo.
2. Gently wash the tattoo
Make sure you do this in a clean and safe environment. Remember, your tattoo is still a wound. Remove the bandage and wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and liquid antibacterial soap. Wash away any remaining vaseline, ink and/or blood. Pat it gently with a super clean soft towel. You can take a shower with your new tattoo, just remember to wash all shampoo or soap with water thoroughly.
3. Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment at least twice a day
Apply a thin layer of an unscented moisturising cream on your new tattoo. Ask your tattoo artist as he will suggest to you the best products to use. Use the antibacterial product for 5 days.
4. Keep the tattoo clean and dry
Keep the tattoo clean and dry, and avoid soaking it in water for at least a month (showers are ok, soaking in the bathtub is not. Avoid swimming as well). Don’t go swimming for at least 2 weeks after you had your tattoo done. Seawater, sand, sun and swimming pools must be banned for at least half a month.
5. Avoid direct sunlight
Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight unless necessary. Healed tattoos, especially coloured ones, can fade in the sun – so when it’s completely healed, make sure it’s covered using a sunscreen.
If your tattoo starts to peel, it’s normal. Keep it moisturized with lotion. If you notice scabbing, don’t scratch your tattoo even if itches. Apply warm moist compresses (5 minutes, up to 3 times a day). They will come off. Don’t scratch them and don’t apply lotion to softened scabs or they will come off and pieces of your tattoo will come off with them too.
If your tattoo scabs a bit or develops hard layers, don’t worry. It’s normal. But never pick, scratch, or peel it. You could get an infection or remove the colour. If you think your tattoo is infected or isn’t healing properly, go see your doctor.