Tattoo Aftercare: 6 Crucial Things You Need to Know

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Getting a new tattoo is an exciting experience, but caring for your new ink properly is important to ensure its longevity. In this blog post, we will discuss six crucial things you need to know about tattoo aftercare. So if you want to learn more about how to take care of your new tattoo, read on!

1. Tattoo bubbling is not normal

If you notice your tattoo bubbling, it’s not normal and you should seek medical attention immediately. Bubbling could indicate an infection, so it’s important to get it checked out as soon as possible. Infections can cause serious damage to your skin and body if left untreated. A bubbling tattoo is one of the first signs of an infection, so don’t ignore it. If you are unsure if your tattoo is bubbling, please consult your tattoo artist. They will be able to tell you if what you are seeing is normal healing or something more serious. Remember that your health is always more important than your tattoo. Sometimes people ignore the first signs of infection because they don’t want to ruin their tattoo. But, prevention is better than cure.

2. Your tattoo will peel

After getting a tattoo, it’s normal for the skin around your tattoo to peel. This is part of the healing process, as your skin sheds dead cells that were damaged during the tattoo process. Peeling usually begins about three to five days after tattooing and can last up to two weeks. If you notice excessive redness, swelling or pus, please seek medical attention immediately as this could be a sign of an infection. During the peeling process, it is important to keep your tattoo clean and moisturized. Gently wash your tattoo with soap and water twice a day and apply a thin layer of unscented lotion every few hours.

3. You will need to protect your tattoo from the sun

Once your tattoo has healed, you will need to take special precautions to protect it from the sun. UV rays can cause discoloration and other damage to your tattoo, so it’s important to always use sunscreen when going out in the sun. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it liberally to all exposed areas of skin. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you sweat or swim. Be sure to avoid sun exposure during the healing process as this can irritate the skin and delay healing. If you must be in the sun, be sure to cover your tattoo with a bandage or clothing.

4. Your tattoo will fade over time

All tattoos will fade eventually, but how quickly this happens depends on several factors. Tattoo aftercare is the most important factor in preserving your tattoo, but genetics, skin type, and sun exposure can also affect how quickly your tattoo fades. To help keep your tattoo looking its best, follow your artist’s aftercare instructions and reapply sunscreen regularly. The fading process can be slow, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away. Also keep in mind that some ink colors will fade more than others. For example, black and white tattoos tend to hold their color better than colored tattoos. If you’re worried about your tattoo fading, talk to your artist about touch-ups.

5. Don’t scratch

As your tattoo heals, you may notice it itching. This is normal, as the skin around your tattoo is still healing and adjusting to the new ink. However, it is important to resist the urge to scratch, as this can damage the skin and slow the healing process. If your tattoo starts to itch, try patting it gently with a cool cloth or taking a cool shower. You can also apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to help soothe the itching. Avoid using scented products on your tattoo as they can irritate the skin. The itching should disappear within a few days, but if it persists for more than a week, please consult a doctor.

6. Your tattoo is for life

It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating: your tattoo is for life. Once you have a tattoo it is permanent. There are a few tattoo removal methods, but they are all expensive and can leave scars. So, before getting a tattoo, make sure you are ready to commit. Think carefully about the placement of your tattoo, as this will affect how easily it will be concealed in the future. And be sure to do your research on artists and stores before getting inked. A bad experience can leave you with an inferior tattoo or worse, an infection.

If you follow these aftercare instructions, your tattoo should heal without any issues. But if you notice anything unusual (eg excessive redness, swelling or pus), please seek medical attention immediately as this could be a sign of an infection. So this is it! The six things you need to know about tattoo aftercare. Now go out and get a tattoo! Don’t forget to take care of your new tattoo.

  • The information in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional advice, medical care, or the advice of your physician.

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