Inside: Tattoo Aftercare + Ideas.
The Best Tattoo Aftercare
Most tattoo artists have their own personal set of aftercare instructions. But one piece of advice they all have in common is to touch your tattoo with clean hands only.
I recommend that you listen to the verbal directions from your tattooer first, then refer to the written directions after.
Also, take into consideration that washing your hands shouldn’t be a quick three-second rinse.
Tattoo Aftercare Cleaning
To cleanse the tattoo, use anti-bacterial soap, such as Dial Antibacterial Liquid Soap, or any unscented antibacterial liquid. Refrain from using any type of cloth to cleanse the tattoo because it will exfoliate the area—which, remember, is a wound. Next, rinse with warm-to-mild temperature water and pat the area dry with a towel. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before proceeding.
Keeping Your Tattoo Moisturized
Every artist has their own aftercare ointment, we always recommend using Aquaphor for the first two to three days of healing. It delivers the right amount of moisturization without feeling heavy or suffocating. It also minimizes peeling and flaking. Just make sure you don’t over-medicate the tattoo by applying too much ointment because it could clog the pores and create a rash that would definitely disturb the healing process.
If you are having trouble with tattoo peeling, check out this post about Tattoo Peeling Tips
First Few Days of Tattoo Aftercare
During the first few days post-tattoo, you’ll repeat the process of washing your tattoo about two to five times a day, then following with a light layer of ointment. A good amount of air is great for the ink, so it’s critical to make sure the skin can breathe. On the first night, it’s normal to wrap the area in plastic wrap so it doesn’t stick to your bedding, but after that, make sure the design is free from coverage and getting ventilation. Now if your tattoo seems to be peeling or scabbing, we have you covered on how to take care of that too.