10 Essential Tattoo Aftercare Tips

10 Essential Tattoo Aftercare Tips

May 15, 2016 | Gay Aida Dumaguing

Once walking out of the tattoo studio, aftercare and what you do with your tattoo will determine how it will look for years to come. Thorough aftercare is essential! Tattoo by Tattoo Traditions
In order to keep your tattoo looking as good as the day you got it, follow these tips.

After Tattoo Pain Comes Tattoo Aftercare

Although different artists have different aftercare tips, it is a very good idea to listen to their advice because the exact but here are just some of the basics.

Keep It Covered

Keep the bandage on for about three hours, more or less. Your artist will specifically tell you how long to keep it. The bandage will absorb some of the blood, goop, anesthetic cream, and fresh ink and keep it from soiling your clothes.

Wash It Well

To remove the excess blood, anesthetic numbing spray, goop, and fresh ink, you should wash your wound with a mild antibacterial soap with topical anesthetic to avoid infection. Do this until your tattoo has healed. By the way, do not touch it with unwashed hands! You don't want potential infection to ruin all of your effort.

Hydration is the Key

All the washing will take out the moisture on your skin so a few days after you got inked, apply just a thin layer of ointment or anesthetic gel. This will hasten the recovery of your skin.

Keep It Hydrated

Now that your tattoo is already about a week old, we suggest that you still keep your skin hydrated by applying a mild and non-scented lotion after washing it. A well-hydrated skin is a healthy skin and faster healing is possible with a healthy skin.

Don't Choke It

Avoid wearing very tight clothing for the first two weeks because it might rub on your tattoo and irritate your skin. We don't want that to happen because it will surely delay your healing time.

Keep It Dry

We all want a speedy recovery, right? Avoid getting your ink wet through excessive sweating, swimming on the pool, tub, or sea. Keep it protected from the sun’s harmful rays as well because it might damage the affected area. Quick showers are just fine as long as the water is not too hot.

Keep Your Hands Off My Baby

Remember, you are taking care of a wound so do not scratch, peel, or pick on it. The formation of hard layers is part of the process of wound healing and you picking on it might result to loss of color or worse, damaging your inked masterpiece!

Protect It from The Sun

It is normal for your tattoo to lighten up because new layers of skin are growing and your skin is still accepting all the ink that was introduced to it. To keep the solid color of your tat, always wear sunscreen when going outdoors. An SPF of 45 or higher is great. Even sunscreen for kids will do just fine. If possible, choose sunblock brands that are specifically designed for tattoos.

Keep the Moisture In

Now that your skin has fully-healed, don't stop the skin care regimen. Have you noticed that we have never failed mentioning hydration or moisturizing? It's because it keeps the ink from fading faster than it should be.

It Didn't Turn Out the Way I Expected

Sometimes, things just don't work out the way you expected it to be. Maybe your tattoo was not done right or you have chosen the wrong artist to do the design for you. You may have to use tattoo removal cream but this does not necessarily remove all the ink. Another option for you is laser removal. This is also a painful process so pain relieving gel would come in handy.