First of all, always listen to the advice given by your tattoo artist to follow up on your tattoo. Make sure you ask what are the aftercare procedures during the healing process of your tattoo
Normally, the tattoo artist will apply ointment and wrap the tattooed area before leaving the salon, to help prevent l & # 39; infection. tattoo. The infection can be caused by dirty hands, dirty clothes and any airborne bacteria that are allowed to reach the raw area. There are two trains of thoughts between tattooers when packing the tattoo.
- The artist uses gauze that allows the tattoo to breathe, which is essential to the healing process. However, as fresh tattoos cry blood and lymphatic fluids this can seep through gauze and onto your clothes. In addition, the gauze is sometimes stuck to the tattoo, so when you remove the gauze, you must apply a wet sponge (wet) to soften the area before removing, so that the tattoo color is not removed.
- The artist uses a plastic film that prevents blood and fluid from infiltrating your clothes and does not stick to the tattoo. The disadvantage is that tattoos need to breathe, so you should only leave the package / film for more than 2 hours. If body perspiration occurs under the plastic film, this will cause the development of bacteria and will result in tattoo infection.
After removing the package, take a shower and wash the tattooed area with warm water and an antibacterial or non-scented antimicrobial soap like Provon. Use only your fingers to gently wash the ointment, blood and liquids and do not use washcloths. The wash cloths are too hard for the wound and can cause bleeding of the ink. Dry the area (do not scrub) with a paper towel or a clean towel.
For 3 to 5 days, twice a day, apply an antibacterial ointment such as Bepanthen or a cream rich in vitamin A and D. Do not use Vaseline, lanolin, alcohol, calamine lotion or Neosporin, which can cause red bumps that can remove the ink from your tattoo. Basically, only use ointments that are fragrance-free and contain no chemicals that can affect your tattoo. When applying the ointment, only a thin layer is needed, let the tattoo wet but not soft, so wait 10 minutes to allow the ointment to soak in the skin and wipe off any excess ointment. You want the tattoo to be moist, but also that it breathes to help prevent the formation of crusts on the skin.
Wear loose clothing that does not rub against the tattoo. Tight clothing can remove the protective layer of the skin on the tattoo, which will increase the healing time and may remove the color of the tattoo and possibly cause infections. New clothes should be washed before use because many new clothes contain toxic chemicals and may also have a surplus of dye.
After the 5th day, you should hydrate the tattoo for about 2 weeks. One suggestion would be to use Keri or the Vaseline intensive care cream. Do not re-bandage the tattoo because the bandage could stick to the tattoo during removal and also remove the ink from the tattoo. If it is necessary to re-bandage because of your work environment, ask your tattoo artist for advice.
Sun and Water
The first 3 to 4 weeks are a crucial moment to maintain the appearance and longevity of your tattoo. Keep your tattoo away from direct sunlight as it causes discoloration. It only takes about 3 minutes to get your tattoo because the skin is so sensitive. After the tattoo has completely healed and you are venturing into direct sunlight, always apply the 30SPF solar block to make sure the tattoo does not fade. Do not "tattoo" your tattoo – do not swim in salt water, pools, spas, hot tubs or let your tattoo be pounded by water in the shower
Scabbing and Peeling
your tattoo can stack or peel. Apply a moist, warm compress to the crust for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day, to soften the crust and drop it on its own. Do not choose scabies. Use only a moisturizer to peel the skin and not crusts, let the crusts dry. If the crust is itchy, do not pick it! Touch the area to control itching with your hand instead.