How Often Should I Lotion My Tattoo?

The frequency of applying lotion to a new tattoo depends on the healing process, as well as the type of lotion you are using. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

  1. Wait until the tattoo has properly healed before using lotion. This usually takes about 2-4 weeks.

  2. Once the tattoo has healed, use a fragrance-free, non-alcoholic lotion to keep the skin hydrated and prevent the tattoo from fading.

  3. Apply a thin layer of lotion 2-3 times a day, or as needed, to keep the skin moisturized. Avoid over-moisturizing as it can trap bacteria and slow the healing process.

  4. After showering or bathing, pat the tattoo dry and wait until it is completely dry before applying lotion.

  5. Avoid using lotions with ingredients such as petroleum, lanolin, or mineral oil as they can clog pores and trap bacteria.

It is important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and you may need to adjust the frequency of lotion application based on the individual needs of your skin. If you have any concerns, it is always best to consult with a dermatologist or your tattoo artist for personalized advice.