It’s been a while since you’ve been fondling the idea of ââgetting your first tattoo tattooed and you finally got it. However, the hard part has only just begun. The most important task is to take care of your tattoo. In fact, the result of the tattoo largely depends on the healing process. Here are some basics of tattoo care to help you heal better:
1. Leave the bandage in place: It is important to leave the bandage covering the tattoo for at least 3 to 4 hours after your tattoo is finished. Your skin may bleed, pick up pus, or even the ink from the fresh tattoo may leak, and the bandage helps absorb it, ensuring you don’t have to clean up afterwards. In addition, it helps to avoid infection at the initial stage.
2. Wash your tattoo frequently: At first, wash your new tattoo several times a day with a mild, unscented, anti-bacterial soap. Your tattoo artist can suggest a brand for you. Alternatively, you can always ask your neighborhood pharmacist. This should be done for at least two to three weeks or until the tattoo is more or less healed. Please do not use scrubs, loofahs, or your bath soaps no matter how gentle they claim to be on the skin. It’s a job for a medicated soap. Be sure to dab after each wash, especially if the climate is humid. Always keep clean cotton on hand.
3. Lubricate with ointment: For the first week at least (longer if you stay in a dry place), be sure to apply ointment after each wash to keep it hydrated. However, use it sparingly, a thin layer is sufficient. Lacing it up with ointment will not make it heal any faster.
4. Avoid Scratching: If your tattoo is in a place where it could rub against your clothes, cover it with a loose bandage, not too tight, be sure to let it breathe. Also avoid wearing tight clothes. Avoid sleeping on your tattoo so as not to disrupt the healing process. Frequent contact with your dry, dirty hands could increase the risk of infection.
5. Stay away from extreme activities: While the tattoo is healing, stay away from the pool, sea, or even hot tubs. Avoid the gym or any such activity that could cause excessive sweating or direct exposure to the sun. This does not mean that you remain under house arrest, but be sure to take precautions. Cover your tattoo with a loose bandage on the way to work or school to avoid direct sunlight and remove it once you have reached it.