What Happens If I Over Moisturize my Tattoo?

Over-moisturizing a tattoo can have several negative effects, including:

  1. Slowing down the healing process: Excessive moisture can interfere with the healing process, as it can make it harder for the tattoo to dry out and form a protective scab. This can make the healing process take longer and increase the risk of infection.

  2. Interfering with ink retention: Excessive moisture can also cause the ink to move around, making it harder for it to settle into the skin and reducing its long-term retention.

  3. Irritating the skin: Over-moisturizing can also cause the skin to become overly hydrated and irritated, making it more susceptible to infection and other complications.

  4. Causing breakouts: Excessive moisture can also clog pores and cause breakouts, which can be particularly problematic for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.

It is important to keep your tattoo well-moisturized, but not to overdo it. Use a gentle, unscented lotion and apply it sparingly, allowing the skin to breathe between applications. If you have any concerns or questions about moisturizing your tattoo, be sure to talk to your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional.