Tattoo aftercare is vital to the longevity of your tattoo! How your tattoo looks three months or three years from now depends upon how you treat it right away. Follow these steps to promote a healthy tattoo.
Remove the bandage after 4 to 12 hours. (Depending upon the size and location of the tattoo). Do not re-bandage. Wash your tattoo with warm water and an antibacterial soap. Gently pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment.
Use the ointment during the first three days, 3 or 4 times a day(apply until completely wet and gently pat excess off). Make sure your hands are clean before touching your tattoo.
During this time you must cover it with plastic wrap while material is rubbing against it at work or some other activity, expecially if there is risk of being contaminated. You only cover if you cannot let it air out without irritating the tattoo.
After the first three days, apply a thin layer of fragrance free moisturizing lotion(one with a healing agent such as Aloe, or vitamin E). Apply it 3 to 4 times daily for the next 2 to 3 weeks.!!!!!!!! A fragrance free, natural lotion is preferred!!!!!!! The normal healing time is 2 to 4 weeks.
Do NOT pick or scratch your tattoo. Flaking or peeling is a natural part of the healing process.
Do not soak your tattoo during healing. That means no baths, hot tubs, pools, etc. Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight while it’s healing.
After your tattoo is healed, always use sun block while in the sun, preferably 30 to 45 SPF. Tattoos Do fade over time. Remember to moisturize your skin with lotion. This will help keep your colors fresh.
Please consult a physician at any sign of infection or allergic reaction and report any infection or allergic reaction to the tattooist and your State Department of Health in the USA.
A tattoo is wet pigment trapped in your skin, IT DOES NOT DRY! So the point of the healing steps is to heal the puncture wound and trap it in between your layers of skin. If you don’t do this properly IT WILL LEAK OUT!
The trick is to let it breath but not dry out or get infected, it is a type of surgery so please treat it that way.
Got to disagree with the Triple Anti Biotic Cream here. Antiboitics in any form should only be taken or applied ONLY if an infection is present. We have many bugs that live on our skin, naturally, and destroying them aint gonna help your immune system at all. There are plenty of aftercare applications out there today and many are 100% natural and have properties that will help the body not kill off what we need for the good health of our skin. I can speak first hand about this as a person who has had a severe skin condition since childhood. NO ANTIBIOTICS unless there is infection 😀
Got to disagree with the Triple Anti Biotic Cream here. Antiboitics in any form should only be taken or applied ONLY if an infection is present. We have many bugs that live on our skin, naturally, and destroying them aint gonna help your immune system at all. There are plenty of aftercare applications out there today and many are 100% natural and have properties that will help the body not kill off what we need for the good health of our skin. I can speak first hand about this as a person who has had a severe skin condition since childhood. NO ANTIBIOTICS unless there is infection
I agree with iNKYBITS
Antibiotics should only be used as a last resort !!
TY TY TY TY you are a god you are the first person i talk to who would tell me how to treat my tattoo i do have others but i forgot how to care for this one since it is on my arm.
Exactly! NO ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT unless you actually have an infection. There’s a tattoo shop owner on another forum that said he “will not be held responsible if they don’t follow THEIR aftercare instructions” which include using Bepanthan (petroleum and paraffin wax – NOT good). Sorta hit me wrong because while I understand how important aftercare is… some people are too uneducated on the actual ingredients they’re putting on their skin. No big deal if I didn’t know any better, but I do & I’d have a REAL PROBLEM with somebody telling me they’re not gonna be responsible for my tatt unless I rub petroleum & wax into my new ink. Kwim?
I agree with mohawk19 most artists need educating about aftercare of the skin. I my own experience i have been recommended to use hemorroid cream and nappy rash cream, WTF? My first tat tried hemorroid cream and it nipped like hell so dumped the tube and went and looked around for sumthin else that was natural. Found TAC (tattoo aftercare) on ther internet and the name kind of speaks for itself. Next tat the artist recommended nappy rash cream, raved about it being all he recommended now. Bought a tube of bepanthen, smells urgh! made for use on baby’s arses, enuf said :rolleyes:, tried a bit but came out in a rash aaaaaaaargh! Looked at ingredients and fek me it contains lanolin am allergic to lanolin. Bepanthen also has two alcohols in it! why would an artist recommend something with alcohol in it, do they know this? could alcohol not effect the long term look of my colors, dilute them?? fek that! went back to the internet and ordered my jar of TAC from scotland. check these guys out ppl tattooaftercare.co.uk 😎 now i want some more ink lol 😀
Very well said inkybits, and I wholeheartedly agree!! I’ve got skin ‘issues’ too so I’ve gotta be careful, that’s why I check EVERYTHING out before I buy it. Not only that but I don’t do cheap when it comes to my inkwork, so why the hell would I want to risk using something on it that’s gonna doom it to fade out, just to “go with the flow” cuz other people think it’s great. Nah. That’s not my style. I’m gonna take care of my ink. It’s gonna be with me the rest of my life & I want it to look damn good in 30 years, not just damn good in 3 months.
Here’s a little something I’m hooked on, called Hemp stick. Man you gotta try this stuff!! Not only is it natural, its got some really good shit in it & I swear by it. It’s what got me wondering WTF is keeping the big companies in business when there’s stuff like THIS around that puts em to shame!! Here’s the link:
I’m gonna check out the TAC you mentioned too. Thanx for the tip!