Inside: Do’s and Don’ts of a Fresh Tattoo.
You finally took the leap and got a tattoo. It took hours of contemplation to zero in on a pretty tattoo design and a lot of courage to walk into the tattoo parlor, but you finally conquered what you set out for.
The tattoo came out just the way you wanted. But would it remain the same way for long?
Well, that depends on how you take care of your fresh tattoo.
Taking Care of Fresh Tattoos
It may not seem like it, but fresh tattoos are basically open wounds. Therefore, even the tiniest mistakes can lead to infections and other potentially lethal side effects.
To prevent any such side effects and ensure that your fresh tattoo sustains its bright look, it is essential to give it the proper care and attention.
The First 24 Hours
As with any open wound, the first 24 hours after getting a tattoo are extremely crucial. If you go to a good tattoo artist to get a tattoo, they will cover your tattoo with a thin layer of petroleum jelly before covering it with a cohesive wrap.
On the other hand, if you’ve gotten a DIY tattoo at home, you will have to perform this procedure yourself. Make sure you have a green soap handy. Use this to wash your skin before the tattoo. After getting the tattoo, apply some green soap and wrap a bandage around or cohesive wrap around the skin. However, it is always recommended to get a tattoo from a professional to minimize the risk of side effects.
Allow the wrap to stay in place for at least six hours. Ideally, you should leave it on for 24 hours after getting the tattoo.
After removing the wrap, wash the tattoo with a good antimicrobial soap. Check the ingredients to ensure that it doesn’t contain any harsh chemical or harmful ingredients. Pat dry the tattoo gently.
Do not rub it as the skin will still be sensitive.
Apply a thin layer of antibacterial moisturizer or Vaseline on the tattoo twice a day. Do not apply another bandage as you want to allow the skin to breathe. Make sure that you do not expose the tattoo to sunlight for at least 24 hours.
The First 2 to 4 Weeks
For the first 2 to 4 weeks, it is recommended that you continue using antimicrobial soap and antibacterial moisturizer. Here are a few other precautions that you should take for the first four weeks after getting a tattoo.
- Wear light and breathable clothes, especially if your tattoo is hidden. Make sure that the clothes don’t stick to the tattoo.
- Avoid swimming, especially when it is sunny outside.
- Reduce your sun exposure as much as possible. If you have to go out, apply a good physical blocker sunscreen and reapply it every two hours.
- Do not pick, scratch, or peel the tattoo. If the skin scabs a little, there is nothing to worry about. It is normal and will heal by itself.
After the First Month
Ideally, you should continue taking the above precautions for the rest of your life. Applying sunscreen, using a good cleanser, and moisturizing the skin will always be beneficial.
However, if you cannot do all of them, you still need to take some precautions.
- Continue wearing sunscreen. Not only will it keep the skin safe, but it will reduce the risk of the tattoo fading away over time.
- Apply some coconut oil on a regular basis to keep the area moisturized.
- Always keep the tattoo clean.
When to Visit a Dermatologist?
Although it is rare, you may experience some side effects after getting a tattoo. If you notice any infection around the area, immediately inform your dermatologist or healthcare professional. Another reason to visit the dermatologist is if the scabs around the tattoo don’t heal within two weeks.
Generally, you shouldn’t experience any major side effects after the first two weeks of getting of tattoo. So if anything raises eyebrows after that, immediately seek medical attention.
By following the right aftercare methods, you can significantly reduce the risk of infection or any other side effects. In addition to that, the tattoo will not fade on you, but instead maintain its rich and bright look in the long run.
So make sure to follow the above instructions to get the best out of your tattoo. If your tattoo artist has suggested any specific products or aftercare tips, make sure to follow them as well.
Learn More About Sticky Tattoo Situations
- Tattoo Peeling Tips – Tattoo peeling is one of the least fun parts about getting a new tattoo. Don’t worry though, it is a natural part of the healing process and will not have a negative effect on your tattoo long term. While uncomfortable and at times a bit alarming, peeling is no big deal. Read our expert advice on what to do with tattoo peel.
- Tattoo Blowout – Tattoo blowouts are not super common, but when they do occur it is generally because of the tattoo artist applying too much pressure. The ink is placed below the surface of the skin and in turn is injected into the next layer of fat. This can cause a number of issue both with the tattoo clarify, longevity, and even some health concerns. Read more about how this happens and what to do.
- Hand Poke Tattoos – If you are interested in getting inked but aren’t too sure about the lifelong commitment, a hand poke tattoo might be the right answer for you. They are pretty cool looking when done professionally and last up to 10 years if done correctly. Typically there isn’t as much pain involved if you have someone with experience. Take a peek at these hand poke tattoo designs.