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Proper Care of a New Tattoo

Jun 4, 2008
Once finished, you are certainly going to want to know how to take proper care of your new tattoo. From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don't take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.

Prior to your exit from the tattoo parlor, your tattoo artist will cover your fresh tattoo with a bandage. The reason for this bandage is in order to prevent bacteria from getting into your wound, despite the fact that your tattoo is a tattoo, it is also a wound. A wound is open flesh and it is prime real estate for bacteria as well as an infection. It is important that you do not remove your bandage for at least two hours.

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. Follow these instructions carefully so you can be certain that you are taking proper care of your new tattoo.

Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. A&D vitamin enriched ointment would be my first choice, but if you don't have any, Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable.

Make sure you do not use Neosporin, it's a great idea for cuts and scrapes but it doesn't do as well for tattoos. Certain people have an allergic reaction to Neosporin and this may cause little red bumps which when they go away, make the ink go away as well.

After you have finished using the ointment for a period of between 3 and 5 days, then you should make sure that the tattoo is kept clean on a continual basis and for this you may use a mild lotion rather than using ointment. The purpose behind all this is to ensure that your skin is kept soft. Lotions that are free from dye and fragrances should also be used as well. Eucerin does wonders for a number of people too.

You can take a shower with your new tattoo but while it is okay to get your tattoo slightly wet, you shouldn't soak it or get soap on it. You should avoid swimming regardless of whether you are swimming in a pool or in the sea.

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly done tat. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. Taking proper care of your new tattoo means that you will have to endure a bit of discomfort so when your tat starts to heal it will itch but NEVER pick it or scratch it. Rather just slap it softly; this means the tattoo is almost healed.
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