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How To Care For A New Tattoo

How To Care For A New Tattoo:

You've recently gotten a tattoo and want to make sure it doesn't get infected, retains its brilliant colors, and lasts a long time! You are responsible for any illness or problem you may have with your new tattoo from this point forward, so if you don't take the right precautions to care for it, it will be your fault! It is extremely important that you follow all of the after-care instructions to ensure that your lovely tattoo does not turn into a disaster.

Don't Mess With The Bandage - There's a reason the tattoo artist takes the effort to cover up your new tattoo. This ensures that no microorganisms from the air will enter your wound. Remember that your new tattoo is still a wound on your flesh, no matter how cool it seems. This exposed region of skin is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and illness. Allow at least two hours for your bandage to dry. As exciting as getting your new tattoo is, you don't want to take it off only to show your friends and family; they can wait a few hours till it's safe.
The only time you should remove the bandage is if your tattoo was protected in plastic or Saran wrap by your artist. These types of plastic wrap are extremely hazardous to your tattoo and should be removed as soon as possible. It's preferable to not have a bandage covering your tattoo than to suffocate it with plastic wrap.

After you've removed your bandage, it's time to wash and treat your tattoo. To remove any ointment, blood, or plasma, lightly wash your tattoo and surrounding area with lukewarm water and a mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (generic brand antibacterial soaps are fine alternatives; Provon and Satin are popular choices). Do not use an abrasive washcloth or other abrasive substance. In this instance, your hands are the finest alternative for you to use. (Don't worry if your tattoo feels slimy and slick; this is most likely due to seeping plasma.)
Simply attempt to remove as much of it as possible; as the plasma dries on the tattoo's surface, it will start to form scabs.)

Once your tattoo has been fully cleansed, blot it, and the surrounding area firmly dry with a CLEAN paper towel or soft towel. Next, use a very light application of your preferred ointment to cover the entire tattoo and surrounding region. You can apply an A&D vitamin-enriched ointment, Bacitracin, or another antibacterial ointment to the affected area. You should avoid using Neosporin because it is not a good product for new tattoos and can cause color loss as well as allergic reactions such as small red pimples. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Use Specialty Products and Lotions - You can use a specialty product like Aqua Phor, H2Ocean, or Tattoo Goo if you want. These brands aren't required; there are many of over-the-counter items that will do the job just as well. You choose what you want, and your tattoo artist may tell you what they like. For the following 3-5 days, apply this ointment as instructed. After this time has passed, continue to clean your tattoo and follow the same instructions; however, instead of using the ointment, you can now use a lotion to keep your new tattoo soft. 

Make certain that any lotion you choose is color and scent-free. Lubriderm is a popular choice, however, I found it to sting a little when I used it. Eucerin is another popular option that doesn't sting, and you may ask your tattoo artist for their advice. 

Showering, bathing, hot tubs, and swimming areas - Showering with your new tattoo is fine and recommended. It's also fine to get your tattoo wet. Just keep an eye on your new tattoo and avoid getting it wet. Submerging your tattoo in water for an extended period of time can cause major harm, so avoid it for at least two weeks. Just make sure you don't saturate your new tattoo when showering. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo when washing, rinse it off as soon as possible with water. For at least two weeks, avoid swimming in any body of water.

Peeling and Scabbing - After a few days, you may notice that your new tattoo begins to peel and maybe scab. This is typical. A lot of scabbing could indicate that your tattoo artist did a bad job on your tattoo, but a little scabbing is natural and good, and there's no need to fear. Warm moist compresses should be applied to the scabs and surrounding region for about 5 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day, to soften the scabs and allow them to come off on their own.

You should not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab; instead, wait until it is totally dry. Also, don't be concerned if your tattoo begins to itch; this is a normal part of the healing process. It's critical to fight the impulse to pick at or scratch your tattoo! You can lightly smack your tattoo if it itches. Just apply some lotion while it's peeling. Leave the scabbing alone and it will take care of itself. scabbing. Your new tattoo is almost healed, and you are almost finished with the healing process of your old tattoo!

Sun protection - Once your tattoo has healed completely, you will want to keep it protected from the sun's UV rays for the rest of your life. If you don't protect your tattoos from these ultraviolet rays, they will fade and become destroyed quickly. Apply sunscreen with a least 30 SPF to your tattoo before spending an extended period of time in the sun or in extreme temperatures. This will help maintain the vibrancy of your tattoo for many years to come. Take pleasure in your tattoos, follow the after-care instructions, and flaunt them to the world!