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Tattoo Care - The Right Way To Take Care Of Your Tattoo

Jun 11, 2008
As soon as you are done with your tattoo you are probably going to be concerned about how to take proper care of it. After you leave the tattoo parlor, the artist would not be responsible for any problems you might have later on if you fail to take proper care of it. It is rather essential that you follow through with the guidelines which are provided here. Even a very great tattoo may easily turn into a terrible disaster if you fail to take proper care of it after the procedure.

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.

When you have removed the bandage, the next thing is to wash the tattoo. You should use lukewarm water and liquid antibacterial soap in other to wash away the ointment and blood from the tattoo area. Make sure you do not use a washcloth or any other abrasive material. Your hand will do just well, stick to these instructions to the letter so that you are absolutely sure you are taking good care of your tattoo.

Pat the area of the tattoo firmly with a good clean towel or a paper one in order to get it completely dry, after this use a bit of ointment. Ointment that has vitamins A & D in it would be most preferable but if that is not available Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is okay.

Make sure you do not use Neosporin, it is a great idea for cuts and scrapes but it does not 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.

When you are done using the ointment for between to 3-5 days, then you should ensure that the tattoo is continually kept clean and after this you can use a mild lotion instead of ointment. The purpose of all this is in order to keep your skin soft. You should ensure that you use lotions which are free from dye and fragrances. Eucerin lotion does well for a number of people.

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

In a few days time you will experience some peeling and scabbing. If the scabbing is too much then it may mean that your tattoo has been done badly, you should apply moist compresses to your scabs for 5 minutes at least 2 or 3 times daily in order to soften it and the scabs will come off on their own much later. Taking the right care of your fresh tattoo means that you will experience some minor discomfort when your tattoo to begins to heal but do not pick at it or scratch it.
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