How to Care for Your New Tattoos: The Complete Guide

How to Care for Your New Tattoos: The Complete Guide

Oct 10, 2016 | Gay Aida Dumaguing

Although a lot of people are getting inked nowadays, you will be surprised to know that not many of them are given proper instructions when it comes to tattoo aftercare.

In the US, only seven states – including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan and North Dakota – have strong policies where the aftercare instructions are actually approved by state public health officials. If you want to stay on the safe side, be sure to remember these top tips that can ensure your tattoo will remain vibrant and beautiful for years!


Tattoo artists usually put a bandage or tattoo covering when they are done inking and they will usually ask you to leave it on for a few hours. The covering will be collecting blood, ink, goop and even some of the topical anesthetic gel that you have probably applied prior to the tattoo session. It is likely that you do not have to cover your tattoo again after removing the bandage.


Once your fresh tattoo is exposed, it is recommended to wash it several times a day with a mild and non-scented antibacterial soap to keep it free from infections. You will probably have to do this routine for two to three weeks or until the tattoo has healed completely. After washing, let the inked portion air dry or you can lightly pat it with a clean towel. Never touch your tattoo with bare hands unless you have washed them!

Applying Ointment

Just because you used a topical anesthetic spray does not mean that your tattooed skin will not suffer from redness and swelling. This is a normal reaction of the skin as it is, after all, an open wound. Your tattoo will also weep with clear fluid (or even a colored one) but this is simply how your body is trying to heal itself. Applying ointment on the affected area is highly recommended but make sure to ask recommendations from your artist. Also remember to apply this very lightly on the skin.

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