How should you take care of a fresh tattoo to accelerate the healing process?
by Content Team on Sep 26, 2023
Getting new ink can make any day exciting, but the process doesn’t end when you leave the tattoo studio. Turns out that taking a needle to your skin is going to require some healing. A few tattoo buffs shared some recommendations for aftercare. Keep reading to find out how you can accelerate your healing process.
Remember It is an Open Wound
Taking care of a new tattoo is extremely important to the healing process and to maintain the integrity of your new artwork. A new tattoo should be treated with care, and it is important to remember, but often forgotten, that you are caring for an open wound on your skin. Here are some important dos and don'ts:
● Clean your tattoo. Cleaning should be done multiple times throughout the first few days.
● Use a fragrance free antibacterial soap to clean your tattoo.
● Use a clean paper towel to dry your tattoo after washing. Gently pat or blot dry.
● Use a fragrance free ointment such as Aquaphore for the first few days of healing. Apply a thin layer over the tattoo. Make sure that your skin is still breathable.
● Switch to a gentle, basic lotion after your first few days of healing without any scent or aloe.
● Use bar soap, especially if you live in a household with other members. Using a bar can cause bacterial infections and contaminate the soap bar.
● Swim or sunbathe. No swimming for at least two weeks. If you are planning a vacation right after a tattoo appointment, it may be best to postpone.
● Allow your pets, children or friends to touch your tattoo. This can lead to infection.
● Have direct contact with public surfaces such as gym floors or mats, work desks, handrails, public transportation seats, or anything that could have bacteria. This could also lead to serious infection.
● Use lotions or soaps containing dyes or fragrance. Your tattoo is an open wound and fragrance can cause irritation or allergic reactions.
● Scratch or pick. Healing tattoos can be very itchy. Never scratch or pick at your tattoo as this could lead to healing issues.
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