Tattoos are the kind of body art that represent the talent and creativity of the tattoo artist while at the same time holds a meaning so strong to the one getting inked.
Tattoos are meant to stay on your body for the rest of your life unless you decide to remove them using specific surgical procedures. They are great art to have on your body as long as you take care of them preventing them from getting infected in the long run.
So, if you plan to get yourself inked soon and do not have a clue how to take care of the new tattoo, here are some basic tips that may help you take care of your skin and keep it healthy.
1. Follow Your Tattooist’s Instructions
It is important to follow your tattoo artist’s instructions. Tattooists have been in the field for too long and have seen a lot of tattoos on different kinds of skin. Therefore, do not take their advice lightly.
Tattoo artists have several ways to help your skin heal. Therefore, do not compare the instructions with others. Whatever the instruction may be, they are all aimed at protecting and healing the skin.
2. Keep Your Hands Clean
Your hands may not be visibly dirty but they are always in contact with different objects causing them to be prone to a lot of germs. When you remove the wrap covering the tattoo as advised by your tattooist, it is exposed to the environment and the germs present in it.
To avoid infections and to allow your skin to heal properly, make sure you wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the inked skin.
3. Wash It Gently With A Mild Soap
Most artists advise you to leave the cover or wrap on the tattoo for a couple of hours – about two to five hours, depending on the size of the tattoo.
Once the bandage or wrap is off your skin, you will notice that the tattooed area is red and swollen. This is normal and is bound to happen because the process has caused some trauma to the skin.
You are allowed to wash the area gently with lukewarm water and a mild soap, preferably a liquid soap. Also, avoid soaking yourself in water for too long. It is always better to take short showers instead of soaking your body in a bathtub.
4. Keep It Moisturized Daily
Your skin needs to be hydrated and moisturized at all times, especially after you get a new tattoo. This will improve its healing process.
It needs to be hydrated both inside and outside. Therefore, make sure you drink plenty of water to help keep your body and, in turn, your skin hydrated.
Use a mild moisturize that is fragrance-free and contains less chemicals. You may also look for aloe vera gels because they may accelerate the healing process.1
Make sure you apply only a thin layer. Smothering it with lotion or cream may hinder the healing process.
5. Avoid Itching As Much As Possible
It is normal and part of the healing process for you to feel itchy at some point after you get your skin tattooed.
You may notice that your tattooed skin becomes flaky and may also observe that your skin starts to peel. When this happens, you may want to scratch or peel it off yourself. However, it is always advised to allow your skin to peel naturally.
To prevent yourself from itching, apply moisturizers at regular intervals or when it dries. Gently touch the area with your clean hands instead of rubbing it.
6. Protect It From Sunlight
When you get a new tattoo, avoid exposing the skin to direct sunlight. This is because it may cause your ink to fade easily.
Even healed tattoos should not be exposed to direct sunlight. But, if you decide to spend some time in the beach or participate in activities that require you to be in the sun for too long, then you have to use sunscreen without fail.
New or healed tattoos, especially colored tattoos, when exposed to sunlight can fade away easily. In order to avoid this, make sure you use sunscreen after the tattoo has healed completely.
So, if you follow these tips to take care of your tattooed skin, you don’t have to worry about it at all. Be patient with the healing process; different tattoos heal differently. The bigger the tattoo the longer it takes for it to heal.
If you notice that the usual redness or swelling has not eased within a week, then you may have to consult the dermatologist immediately.
|↑1||Oryan, Ahmad, Adel Mohammadalipour, Ali Moshiri, and Mohammad Reza Tabandeh. “Topical Application of Aloe vera Accelerated Wound Healing, Modeling, and Remodeling: An Experimental Study.” Annals of plastic surgery 77, no. 1 (2016): 37-46.|