My name is Phil, I’m an ER/Trauma nurse with 28 tattoos and 9 piercings. Aside from having to care for all those, being a nurse has helped me come up with some neat aftercare tips. Feel free to message me or comment to ask questions! G’day from Adelaide!
Welcome to the forum!
Tattoos are for the living. Tombstones are for the dead. Get a tattoo for yourself!
What are your opinions on the dry healing method?
You run into so many skin problems. You’ll run a risk of cracked skin, ink falling out, and a tattoo is an open wound, so you’re inviting infection. Asepsis is your goal, so use ointment and lotion once the redness has faded (after about a week and a half- this is normally an indication that he tattoo has “healed” over, and the epidermis is dying off) to be safe.
This also goes without saying, but hypoallergenic soap and washing it when you shower as well.
Hi there, nice to have you on forums 🙂
What I do is wash the tattoo gently with just lukewarm water to get rid of any plasma, excess and blood. Then pat dry/air dry and apply a thin layer of Bepanthen every day few times a day.
Then once itching and peeling starts I use a very simple moisturising lotion.
Has worked so far for me 🙂
Is it true that washing or using an antibacterial soap/product on your new tattoo is a bad idea as it also kills the bodys natural good healing bacteria? (not something I use anyways but just wanted to know from what I have read)
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