The Ultimate Tattoo Care Guide

Now that you have left the parlor, care is the main concern. Throughout the healing process, there are tips you ought to utilize to nurture the tattoo into what you envisioned.

The Basics

Some people are quite lucky, their skin heals with minimal attention. However, some have quite sensitive skins which require utmost care. To start with, the bandage should be removed after about 2 hours. Once you have removed the bandage, wash with a fragrance free, antibacterial soap with some lukewarm water. While the warm water might sting, it is good as it helps in opening up pores. For large scale tattoos, a shower would do just fine. Use an antibacterial soap and do not wipe with a towel, let the skin dry on its own. Repeat the washing sequence several times a day for maximum aeration. One Best Soap for Tattoos is H2Ocean Blue Green Foam Soap.

Care Products

Any products used should be free of fragrances, synthetic chemicals, and ointments. These block skin pores and lead to irritation. Hence, butters, lotions, and oils used ought to be natural and organic. Coconut oil takes position one for it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal. Its anticarcinogenic nature further makes it suitable for those with extremely sensitive skin. Its natural fats also speed up the healing process.

For best results seek Non-GMO, Organic, virgin/extra-virgin, unrefined coconut oil. While the description is quite lengthy, it is easily obtainable in most stores. There are no laid-out details on amounts one should apply. So, one should ‘listen’ to the skin’s needs. Apply sparingly whenever you feel parched, and/or itchy. A small portion of coconut will serve quite an extensive area.

What to Avoid

The sun: you might want to go swimming and do a bit of sunbathing after a nicely done piece. Some showing off would not hurt after all. Unfortunately, direct sunlight will only leave you itching terribly. Sun screens and lotion will not help either. They are not designed to cater for such wounds. In any case they would hamper the healing process. If addicted to the sun though, keep the tattoo covered at all times.

Tight clothing: any abrasion from tight clothing impedes the healing process. Loosely fitting clothing are to be worn for a minimum of 2 weeks after acquiring a new tattoo. Some fabrics are to be avoided too, anything that could easily stick onto wounds.

Heavy beddings: during sleep, sweating is not optional. Thus, surplus ink, plasma, and fluid from the tattooed area may seep onto the beddings and any clothing worn during sleep. To avoid that, sleeping in an open setting works best. One can however place a thin towel to avoid soiling the sheets. Should you wake up and find the towel stuck, use some lukewarm water to take it off. You can also take it to the bathroom with you, for once it is wet it will come off easily.

Rubbing and picking: during the healing process, scabs are a normal occurrence. You may not even notice as the scab appears in the same color pigmentation used in the art. For some though, it might seem a bother and they may want to pick or scrub. Avoid doing so since hypertrophic blemishes may appear. In so doing, you might also pull out the color. Wait patiently and you will love the results without a doubt.

Submersion: for 2-3 weeks after getting a tattoo, the tub is a sacrifice worth making. Submerging it in water risks exposure to unwanted bacteria. For your cleaning needs, stick to the shower, there is comparatively less water contact. Jacuzzi, and swimming lovers are in no luck too.

Excess moisture: pimples are a red flag, matters excess moisture. Once they appear on the tattooed area, cut back on lotions and oils.

When to see a Doctor

While tattoo artists observe extreme caution, they are not medical experts. So, should you observe the symptoms listed below seek medical attention.

  • Blood oozing from thick scabs.
  • Extreme Swelling and/or pain
  • Plasma oozing for protracted periods (Color present or not)


In conclusion, all the information might be lengthy but worth the time and patience. At the end of it all, you will love the results.

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