While tattoos can be a beautiful and meaningful way to express oneself, it is important to take proper care of them to ensure that they heal properly and look their best over time. In this article, we will discuss the best ways to let a tattoo heal, including aftercare tips and what to avoid.
Aftercare Tips for Tattoos
Keep the tattoo clean and dry: After getting a tattoo, it is essential to keep it clean and dry to prevent infection. Wash your tattoo gently with warm water and fragrance-free soap, then pat it dry with a clean towel. Avoid using harsh soaps or scrubs that can irritate the skin.
Apply an ointment or lotion: After cleaning your tattoo, apply a thin layer of ointment or lotion to keep the skin moisturized. Choose a product that is specifically designed for tattoo aftercare, such as Aquaphor or A&D ointment. Avoid using products that contain alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants.
Cover the tattoo: Depending on the size and location of your tattoo, you may need to cover it with a bandage or wrap it in plastic wrap to protect it from bacteria and other contaminants. Your tattoo artist will advise you on the best way to cover your tattoo, and you should follow their instructions carefully.
Avoid exposing the tattoo to sunlight: Sunlight can cause the ink in your tattoo to fade, so it is important to avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. If you need to go outside, wear loose clothing that covers the tattoo, or apply a high-SPF sunscreen to the area.
Avoid swimming or soaking in water: Water can also damage a healing tattoo, so it is best to avoid swimming, soaking in a hot tub, or taking long showers or baths. If you must bathe, keep the tattooed area out of the water as much as possible.
What to Avoid While Healing a Tattoo
Scratching or picking at the tattoo: It is normal for a healing tattoo to feel itchy, but scratching or picking at it can damage the skin and cause scarring. If you must scratch, use a clean finger or the palm of your hand to gently rub the area.
Wearing tight or restrictive clothing: Tight clothing can rub against a healing tattoo and cause irritation or infection. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows the skin to breathe.
Using harsh soaps or scrubs: Harsh soaps or scrubs can damage the skin and cause the tattoo to fade or blur. Use a mild, fragrance-free soap and avoid using exfoliating scrubs or loofahs on the tattooed area.
Exposing the tattoo to direct sunlight: Sunlight can cause the ink in your tattoo to fade or blur, so it is important to avoid direct sunlight while your tattoo is healing. If you need to go outside, wear loose clothing that covers the tattoo, or apply a high-SPF sunscreen to the area.
Soaking the tattoo in water: Water can damage a healing tattoo and cause the ink to fade or blur. Avoid swimming, soaking in a hot tub, or taking long showers or baths. If you must bathe, keep the tattooed area out of the water as much as possible.
Using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide: Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on the skin and can damage a healing tattoo. Avoid using these products on or near the tattooed area.
Exercising excessively: Excessive exercise can cause sweating, which can damage a healing tattoo and cause infection. Avoid strenuous exercise until your tattoo has fully healed.
Leave bandage on for 3 days
-Remove bandage, wash thoroughly with warm water and soap.
-Make sure to clean the area of all blood and plasma.
-Pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a thin layer of scent/dye free lotion.
-Wash and moisturize 2-3 times a day until healed.
-No swimming, tanning, or hot tubs for 2 weeks.
(It is going to itch, this is your skin healing, do not scratch; You will damage the tattoo.)
Your tattoo will go through different stages of healing (e.g Scabbing, flaking, peeling) it is all normal, let it come off on its own; don’t panic or pick at it.
Expect your tattoo to go through a phase called “The Uglies” where it will look old and faded–this is a normal part of the healing process. If you have any concerns or questions about your tattoo please don’t hesitate to call, our goal is for you to have a great healing tattoo.
After 3-4 weeks, once the tattoo is healed we can take a look at it to see how it has healed, if you are in any need of touch-ups we can do that for you free of charge (excluding hand and foot tattoos). Our work is guaranteed for the lifetime of the tattoo.