Tattoo Care

Tattoo Care

The Ultimate Guide

Why Is Tattoo Aftercare so Important?

After we’ve seen the basic aftercare recommendations, we have to explain why the aftercare matters so much. Here are some reasons why taking care of the tattoo is essential.

How Can I Take Care of the Tattoo by Day?

Day 1 – during the first day, your tattoo will be wrapped in plastic and a bandage. The tattoo needs to stay covered for several hours (2 to 4 hours). After removing the covering, the skin will ooze with plasma or blood, and the skin will be red and irritated. After cleaning the hands, you will wash the tattoo with antibacterial, fragrance-free soap, and lukewarm water. (Source: www.savedtattoo.com)

Talk to the Tattoo Artist About Your Allergies.

Before you even get the tattoo, make sure you’re setting yourself up by success. “Most of the time, there aren’t that many reactions for people who get tattoos,” Evan Kim, tells Teen Vogue. “However, some of the common skin irritations usually have to do with latex — if you’re allergic to latex, definitely let your artist know!” And mention other allergies, too: Evan says allergies to certain metals, which are in tattoo inks, can cause reactions. “Red is the one color that we see a lot of people getting reactions to,” he says. “You might just have to ... refrain from using the red ink.”

Find Out What Tattoo Covering Your Artist Uses.

Different artists use different materials to cover the fresh ink; and what your artist uses will dictate how long you should leave it on. “For plastic wrap or dri-loc pads, you keep it on for a short period of time,” Evan says. For those, he says you can leave the cover on for 3-5 hours, or a full day. But if your artist uses Tegaderm (“which is kind of like a fancy bandaid”) like Evan does, that can stay on for 3-5 days. Rather than make assumptions, ask your artist what they’re using, how long you should leave it on, and if you should keep your tattoo wrapped at all times or only in certain circumstances (like in the shower).

Clean It Regularly.

www.teenvogue.com)As Hongdam noted, new tattoos are fresh wounds, which means you have to be extra careful to prevent infection. “Tattoos create thousands of microscopic holes in the skin in order to deposit the tattoo pigment,” Dr. Marchbein says. “In doing so, the skin is now open and is predisposed to various infections, including bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus aureus. The most important thing is to make sure the tattoo site is being properly cleaned by gently washing with soapy water twice daily.” Always make sure your hands are clean before you start cleaning your tattoo, and be gentle on your skin (no scrubbing!) to keep it from scabbing. (Source:

Avoid Water and Other Activities That’ll Increase Your Body Temperature.

Dr. Marchbein notes that water can also lead to infection in a new tattoo, so avoid fully submersing it in water (AKA, swimming or sitting in a bath) until it is fully healed. You don’t have to wait quite that long before you shower with a new tattoo, but Hongdam says to wrap it with clean wrap or a waterproof band when you do and keep water completely out for the first seven days. (Source: www.teenvogue.com)



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