Are you sure you know how to take care of a new tattoo

Neotraditional tattoo of a lit candle on the right arm

Before we start about how to take care of a new tattoo, the first thing you should do when you decide to get a tattoo is find a reputable tattoo artist. Usually tattooers have a few designs you can pick from. Although if you’re unable to find anything you like, you can always work with the tattoo artist and create your own design. Choosing a design should be a thoroughly thought out process since what you choose will stay with you for the rest of your life. Creating a neat design is very important, albeit not as important as the care for it.

Tattoo artist tattooing arm
Tattoo artist tattooing arm

If your tattoo artist is any good, he or she will clean and apply antiseptic ointment to your tattoo as they create it. After the tattoo is finished the ointment will be wiped off and will apply a different type of an antiseptic. After the application of the antiseptic ointment the tattoo artist will put a tissue or cellophane over the tattoo.

After you’re done the artist should inform you how to take care of your new tattoo.The better artist will go over and talk you through all the steps of taking care of your tattoo and may even give you a sheet of paper with all the information you may need. If for some reason your tattoo artist didn’t explain this to you, you may just be wondering what should you do. Taking care of a tattoo isn’t hard, as long as you know what you’re allowed to do.

For the first few days you should keep the tattoo dry, so be careful if you shower. But also, you should clean it every few hours. Before you start cleaning or touching your tattoo you should always make sure your hands are not dirty. If your hands will be dirty, you can worry about an infection.

As well as cleaning it you should apply some A&D ointment. A&D ointment is the best one out there. Using A&D for the first few days will keep your tattoo clean and shiny, and that’s what you need. When the ointment will start to dry off you should wipe it off and apply a new layer. Be sure not to rub too hard, as it can damage the healing skin. Usage of soap should be avoided for the first few days.

You can stop using the ointment after 5 to 6 days. The purpose of the A&D ointment is took keep your skin hydrated and healthy. When you stop using A&D you should switch to unscented body lotions, since scented lotions can easily irritate the skin on which the tattoo lays.

Body lotion to take care of your new tattoo
Body lotion to take care of your new tattoo

You can stop using the lotion after just a few days. Many tattoos, after their healing process, tend to develop scabs. If you try to pick them, be extremely careful as you may damage the tattoo itself. The smartest thing is to leave the scab alone until it goes away on its own. You may apply some A&D ointment on it as they tend to itch.

Tattoo scabs
Tattoo scabs

Having a tattoo can be a great thing, as long as you take care of it. Unless you remove your tattoo, it will stay on you for the rest of your life. If you take care of your tattoo today, it’ll stay healthy in the long run. Without any nasty infections. If you’ll follow the tips in this article on how to take care of your tattoo, you’ll have nothing to worry about.


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