It can be scary when you see your tattoo peeling… all that time, energy, money, hope, and work just for it to peel away? Before you start to worry, remember that it is absolutely normal for a tattoo to peel. When you get a tattoo, you have an open wound and your body is working to repair it. A few weeks of patience and a review of our advice for what to do if your tattoo is peeling, should get you through this phase. We’re also going to tell you what NOT to do if your tattoo is peeling. The first thing to remember if your tattoo is peeling is: some peeling is normal. Peeling is not a sign that your tattoo artist did anything wrong, it does not mean your tattoo is going to disappear, and it is not worth worrying about. What to do if your tattoo is peeling:
- Keep your tattoo clean. Why? Because during this healing stage you face some risk of infection if the area is not kept clean. Remember, you just had needles puncture your skin many thousands of times and any puncture is an opportunity for an infection. Keeping your tattoo clean when it is peeling can also help to speed up the healing process. A particularly effective cleansing product is HUSH CBD Foaming Soap.
- Apply a moisturizer or tattoo aftercare cream to the tattoo. Why? Because a top quality tattoo aftercare cream can have several important benefits. First, it can provide some relief from the itching you’re likely feeling. Second, it can speed up the healing process as long as your moisturizer has the right vitamins and minerals. For example, HUSH tattoo care products are specifically formulated to provide the right combination of healing and soothing elements. Finally, it provides a protective barrier to best allow the tattoo to heal in its own time.
- Avoid tight clothes. Why? Tight clothes can rub on your healing tattoo and may cause more irritation. It’s important to let the tattoo heal naturally, and with exposure to open air is generally the most effective way for this to happen. Keep in mind, it’s also important to follow your tattoo artist’s instructions. So if they told you to take the bandage off after a certain amount of time, heed that advice. You can also always contact your artist with aftercare concerns.
- Do not panic. While a few weeks may seem like an eternity, your tattoo will heal and the peeling will stop.
- Do not pick at your tattoo. The most effective way for a tattoo to heal and stop peeling is in its own time. If you pick off scabs or peel off flaky pieces of skin, you may cause additional trauma to the area. Pulling off a scab also risks removing some of the ink.
- Do not scratch your tattoo. We know this can fall under the category of ‘easier said than done’. A healing tattoo can be itchy, so your instinct will be to scratch it. But scratching is just as bad as picking at a tattoo. You risk causing damage to the sensitive, healing area. You also risk disturbing the newly placed ink which can result in patchy spots in your tattoo.