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How to Take Care of Your New Tattoo

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Getting a new tattoo is an exciting experience, but it's important to take care of your new ink properly so that you can avoid any unwanted complications.

In this hub, we will discuss the best ways to take care of your new tattoo and keep it looking its best.

So let's get right to it!

Keep your tattoo clean and dry for the first few days

First things first - it's important to understand that tattoos are not unlike wounds, in that they need time to heal properly. This means keeping your new tattoo clean and dry for the first few days after you get it.

Exposing your tattoo to water (whether it's in the shower, pool, or just washing your hands) can increase the risk of infection and delay healing.

So make sure to keep your tattoo clean and dry until it is fully healed!

Apply a thin layer of ointment to the tattoo 3-4 times a day

Once your tattoo is dry, you'll want to start applying a thin layer of ointment to it several times a day. This will help keep the tattoo moist and promote healing.

Choose an ointment that is specifically designed for tattoos, such as A+D Original Ointment or Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Your tattoo artist may also have a recommendation for you so make sure that you ask before you leave the studio!

After you've applied the ointment, it's important to gently pat (not rub) the tattoo dry with a clean towel. Rubbing your tattoo can irritate it and lead to scabbing, which can damage the tattoo and interfere with healing. So be sure to pat it dry instead!

Avoid submerging your tattoo in water, including baths, showers, and swimming

Now, this is a question that I get often - can you shower with a new tattoo? The answer is yes, but you'll want to take care not to submerge your tattoo in water for long periods of time or expose it to too much water pressure.

This means avoiding baths, showers, and swimming for the first few weeks after you get your tattoo. Once your tattoo is healed, you can go back to your normal bathing routine.

Don't scratch or pick at your tattoo - let it heal naturally

It's important to resist the urge to scratch or pick at your tattoo as it heals. This can damage the tattoo and lead to infection.

If your tattoo starts to itch, you can gently pat it with a clean, cool cloth. Avoid using hot water on the area as this can dry out your skin and make the itch worse.

Wear loose clothing over the tattoo to avoid irritation

You'll want to make sure that you wear loose clothing over your tattoo for the first few days after you get it. This will help avoid any irritation or friction that can damage the tattoo.

Once your tattoo is healed, you can go back to wearing whatever you like! Just be sure to avoid tight clothing or anything that might rub against the tattoo and cause irritation.

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Sunscreen is a must when exposing tattoos to the sun

Even after your tattoo has healed, you'll want to continue taking measures to protect it, especially from the sun. This is because excessive exposure to sunlight can cause the tattoo to fade over time.

When you do go out in the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to the tattoo. You can also cover up the tattoo with clothing if possible.

Be patient - your new tattoo will take time to heal properly

Last but not least, it's important to be patient. You're probably excited to go out there and flaunt your new tattoo but it's important to give your tattoo time to heal properly.

This means following the aftercare instructions from your tattoo artist and being patient for the next few weeks.

If you take care of your tattoo, it will take care of you (aesthetic-wise) for years to come!

Common FAQs

How many days does it take for a tattoo to heal?

It usually takes about two weeks for a tattoo to heal.

Can I put lotion on my tattoo?

You can, but it's not necessary. Most tattoo artists recommend using an ointment specifically designed for tattoos instead of lotion.

Should I wrap my tattoo at night?

No, you don't need to wrap your tattoo at night. Just make sure you're sleeping on clean sheets and avoiding anything that might rub against the tattoo and irritate it.

I think my tattoo is infected - what should I do?

If you think your tattoo is infected, it's important to see a doctor or tattoo artist as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the situation and provide you with the appropriate treatment.

Can I exercise/work out after getting a tattoo?

Yes, but you'll want to avoid anything that will cause excessive sweating. This means avoiding strenuous activity and hot showers/saunas for the first few weeks.

What are the signs that a tattoo is infected?

The signs of an infected tattoo include redness, swelling, pain, discharge, and fever. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

How can I make my tattoo heal faster?

There is no surefire way to make a tattoo heal faster. However, there are some things you can do to promote healing, such as keeping the area clean and moisturized, avoiding excessive sun exposure, and not picking at the tattoo.

What should I do if my tattoo starts to peel?

If your tattoo starts to peel, it's important not to pick at it. This can damage the tattoo and lead to infection. You can gently pat the area with a clean, cool cloth if it starts to itch.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it - everything you need to know about taking care of your new tattoo! Just remember to be patient, follow the aftercare instructions from your tattoo artist, and avoid anything that might irritate the tattoo. If you do all of this, your tattoo will heal up in no time and you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come!

I hope this article was helpful. If you have any concerns about your tattoo, be sure to contact your tattoo artist or a medical professional. This article is not a substitute for either. Thanks for reading!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Daniel Edulan Melana

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