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    Default Is Polysporin ointment bad for tattoos?

    My tattoo artist instructed me to use "Polysporin" on my tattoo while it healed, but I have been told be friends and have seen on other artist's websites that it is very bad for the tattoo, and will cause it to heal inproperly or make the tattoo look bad.

    Has anyone else had problems with this?
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    I have two tattoos and I used Neosporine on both of them and they both still look great! But don't get the Neosporine with Pain Relief in it, just get the usual one.
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    poly means many, sporin means antibacterial. so you are just putting on an antibacterial on which is good, the other thing you might want to put on is a moisturizer.-blurey
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    I have two tattoos and have used antibiotic ointment or lotion each time. I highly recommend it.
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    Polysporin and A&D ointments pull color out of the tattoo. It's best to use Aquaphor. It doesn't pull out the ink.
    LA Ink reccommends it:
    http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/la-ink/kat_corner/tattoo-tips/tattoo-tips.html
    My artist does as well:
    http://www.smoothfx.com/Instructions_tattoo.html
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    Please use Aquaphor for 3 days. then switch to uncent lotion for 3 weeks or until heal.. you will have no problem.
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    Please use Aquaphor for 3 days. then switch to uncent lotion for 3 weeks or until heal.. you will have no problem.
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    so it is ok to use poly on a new tattoo as i just got mine friday april 17 2009 and it is looking a little pink around the edges .

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    Who ever your artist is that is recommending polysporin, you should stop going there. Polysporin is for infection and clearly a tattoo is an open wound. It ends up taking colour out of your tattoo. Actually to be perfectly honest you dont even need to use and moisturizer during the healing process, it will heal fine without it.

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    The answer is somewhere inbetween.

    Polysporin can lift ink (as can any other anitbacterial or antiseptic cream).
    That said it will only lift ink if used in too much abundance.

    The reason that tattoo artists suggest this stuff also A&D and Savlon etc for teh first couple of days is because you have an open wound on your arm.

    Until that tattoo scabs over/seals shut you are highly open to infection. That is why it is suggested that a sterile-non stick dressing is applied for the first 12-24 hrs.

    The best way to use polysporin etc is with extreme care.

    For the first 2-3 days apply a small amount just enough to cover the surface area. Do not slather on half a bottle/tub. You need only apply it once in morning and once at night.

    This keeps the bacteria out of the cuts and when the scabs form you can swap to a moisturiser of choice such as tattoo goo or aquaphor, (or whatever non-scented lotion you prefer).

    If you swamp your tattoo in antiseptic cream after it has scabbed then it will lift ink. This breaks down the scab which contains the pigment that is being held in developing scar tissue.

    Hope that helps you decide whether to use it or not.

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