You just got your newly acquired tattoo and your extremely happy the way it came out. You definitely want to keep this look going on forever, so make sure you take care of it! Good thing for you, we have some tips and guides on what to do to take care of your new tattoo. If you don’t take care of your new tattoo, it will turn ugly and all that money you just spent on the tattoo just went down the drain. You also spent a few hours getting the tattoo done so don’t waste your time, take care of your tattoo properly!
First off before you do anything, ASK your tattoo artist what he suggests! This alone will probably answer any questions you have! Before you get your tattoo and after you get your tattoo, ask them what they suggest you do to take care of your tattoo so it looks good and doesn’t get destroyed or faded. I guarantee they will suggest multiple ways to help take care of your tattoo. When they do tell you the ways to take care of your tattoo, make sure you listen to them. Don’t think they are being over the top when they suggest the ways to take care of your tattoo. Don’t cheat and slack off when taking care of your tattoo, they know what they are talking about! But in case you forgot what they said, read the rest of this post to get a better idea of how to take care of your tattoo.
Leave that bandage on! Yes yes yes, we all know you want to show off your brand new tattoo because it looks so sweet! But the tattoo artist put that bandage on it for a reason. No, he didn’t think it was a horrible job so that’s why he put the bandage to cover it. Leave that bandage on for at least 2 hours to 24 hours. It’s recommended to leave it on for about 24 hours so its protected against airborne bacteria. Again, ask your tattoo artist has to suggest about leaving the bandage on. Be patient and listen to their suggested time frame!
TIP: Saran wrap doesn’t really help the tattoo if the artist put it on your instead of a bandage. This should be taken off within an hour or even immediately. Bandages is the best way to wrap a tattoo.
Now you may remove the bandage. Your tattoo needs some fresh air now to begin the healing stage, let it breathe! After it’s been 2-24 hours, depending on what the tattoo artist suggests, you may now remove the bandage, CAREFULLY! You don’t want to rip it off fast, your tattoo will still be there if you take the time to remove it. No need to re-bandage it now, it needs to heal and have fresh air hit the tattoo. It’s recommended that you use warm water soak the bandage so it’s easier to remove. Your tattoo could be stuck a little bit after its been wrapped for hours. A little warm water won’t hurt to help remove the bandage.
Time to wash the tattoo! The bandage has been there for hours, it could be smelling pretty bad. Nah, it might not smell that bad but lets clean the tattoo up to get it fresh. Most tattoo artists will recommend to wash your tattoo with lukewarm water or liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Use your hands to wash your tattoo, do not use a washcloth. This is the best to remove the remainder of any blood so it doesn’t scab. When drying the tattoo, make sure you PAT it down. DO NOT RUB THE TATTOO WITH A DRY CLOTH. The tattoo is still new, you could ruin the tattoo or make it fade a little bit if your rub it with a dry towel.
Apply ointment to your new tattoo. Anything over the counter at your local store is just fine for ointment. Ask how much and how many days you should use this ointment from your tattoo artist. Usually they will recommend 2-3 days. Ointment is recommended over lotion because it will last longer. Just put a thin layer of ointment on your new tattoo, don’t suffocate it with a whole bunch. Again, ask your tattoo artist on how many times a day but most will recommend using it twice a day.
After a few days of ointment, apply lotion now. The first few days are important to use ointment, but after that you may use regular lotion instead. Your tattoo artist will recommend when to switch over to lotion, most of the time in a couple days. Make sure you use lotion that has no scent, color, sparkles, and that is free of dye.
That’s it! Continue washing your tattoo and using lotion until your tattoo artist says so. The tattoo will still look a bit cloudy but its healing still. Give it some time to heal and it will look less and less cloudy every day. Your tattoo will peel with small flakes and what not. Try your best to let the flakes fall out on their own instead of picking at it. This might take some of the color off if your keep picking at it. Make sure you expose your tattoo to air as much as possible but at the same time try to avoid a lot of sun. The sun could make it worst by fading it. Also remember to try and avoid getting water on your tattoo. You might be asking, “Does that mean I can’t take baths or showers. I will stink!”. Baths are not recommended, but showers are fine. Just be careful when taking a shower and try to clean that spot on your tattoo as quick as possible and then try and avoid water contact. Avoid swimming in pools and hot tubs for at least 2 weeks. Very warm water will ruin your tattoo and swimming in a pool is not recommended because of how much water will have in contact with your tattoo at all times.
TIP: Scabbing and itching will happen. Don’t pick at it and don’t scratch it. Slap it instead of itching/scratching it. Don’t use lotion if its scabbing but you can use lotion of its peeling. Scabs will eventually come off on their own. Use warm moist compresses for 5 minutes a day for about 2-3 times if your getting scabs.
Remember, a full healing will take around 4-6 weeks. Be patient and let the tattoo heal itself out. It’s nice to get a tattoo because it looks great on your skin but don’t ruin it by not taking the proper procedures. You spent a lot of money and time on this tattoo and it’s some what permanent. Take care of it!