This is my second tattoo, it was done on Feb 17th. I followed all the proper aftercare steps. It’s now shiny and wrinkled, I’ve been putting lubriderm on it about 3 times a day and always washed it in between applications. A few people told me it looks like the artist dug a little deep, now I’m worried about scarring. Almost 6 weeks and I know this is’nt normal, at least I don’t think so. Please help..
Well there’s not much you can do about it so don’t sweat it too much.
I’d say ease up on the Lubriderm and washing; you may just be irritating it – You really shouldn’t wash anything more than a couple times a day.
I know certain areas of the body heal longer than others. I guess my main question is.. is it still healing?
Yes, although it only takes about 2 weeks for the skin to heal, it generally takes several months for the area to completely return to normal.
Everyone heals at a different rate, but all tattoos take a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Injuries to your genitals and mouth heal faster. (If that doesn’t sell atheists on Intelligent Design, nothing will.) I think that’s an arm? Keeping a wound constantly damp with moisturizers, yet putting drying irritants on it like cetyl alcohol (an ingredient in Lubriderm) is no good.
My tattooist turned me on to Tattoo Goo. It’s mostly natural. I love that it has rosemary, which gives it a great smell and better healing properties. I’m not a believer in overmoisturizing and prefer the holistic approach of more natural products and a better diet. If you want your skin to heal, gently wash twice a day with antbacterial soap. PAT it dry. Once it’s completely dry, apply a little Tattoo Goo. Eat good fats like avocados, olive oil, et al. Get lots of protein and vitamin C.
I don’t go for moisturizing skin until wounds are healed, but that’s not from a tattooist perspective. That’s from a nursing perspective. I also prefer Aveeno IF I’m out of Tattoo Goo, but you can use the latter on healed tattoos, too. From the looks of it, your tattoo doesn’t look infected or gross, just slow-healing and a little sore. Take care of it and I’m sure it’ll be fine. 🙂
It’s new skin, it is not unusual, I wouldn’t touch it, no care at all, one tiny drop of lubriderm a week, let it toughen up, it will be finished healing
I should know this about wounds and skin since i also have experience as an EMT, but once my tat started freaking out on me all my medical knowledge went out the window lol
I’m gonna try that for a week and see how it goes