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not sure what to put on my tattoo after cleaning it...
Specialty Products and Lotions
• If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product such as Tattoo Goo Aftercare Salve. This salve is petroleum free and is made with herbs and oils that will soothe and heal your new tattoo.
• After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. A lot of artists recommend Lubriderm or Eucerin.
How do I clean my tattoo and how frequently?
Your hand is your best tool in this case. *ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS THROUGHLY PRIOR TO TOUCHING YOUR TATTOO!!*
(If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)
Use ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP! No Scented soaps!
Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.
Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable. Please remember a little goes a long way, do not over lubricate your tattoo! A pea size seriously goes a long way.
You should clean your tattoo 1-2 times per day/night.
This is my first tattoo... and it's peeling!!!?? Am I dying?
No! You are NOT dying!!
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly-done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and there is no need to panic. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab - wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!
What about sunbathing? How can i protect my tattoo?
Protection from the sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.
When can i shower? Can i go swimming?
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet - just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming - whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water - should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
I just got my tattoo.. how long do i keep the bandage on?
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.
After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. *ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO TOUCHING YOUR TATTOO!!*
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