Hopefully, the process of getting a tattoo was done with great care for both your health and the outcome of your new tattoo. Once you leave the studio, your tattoo care should be just as careful. The healing process is important to ensure that the tattoo looks great throughout your life and ages gracefully. A new tattoo is basically an open wound that needs to be cared for carefully to avoid infection. A large tattoo is especially at risk for infection because it is a large wound. Proper healing can take some time, but it pays off in the end.
The bandaging put in place by your tattoo artist should be left on for a minimum of two hours and up to overnight. Sometimes the bandage or your clothing will stick to the new tattoo. Do not pull it off. Gently rinse it until it comes loose.
If you do pull it, you will be removing newly healed skin that could protect the tattoo from becoming infected. Once the bandage is removed, gently wash the area with soap and water. It doesn’t need to be re-bandaged but will benefit from air and correct moisturizing. Excellent tattoo care ensures that your tattoo is beautiful for a long time.
A good moisturizer for sensitive skin applied sparingly and frequently can help the tattoo to heal and keep the ink in place. Neosporin or Bacitracin can cause scabbing and then the ink could come out of the tattoo. A moisturizer with no fragrances applied as often as possible for about four weeks will allow the tattoo to remain beautiful. A lotion with vitamins A and D can aid in proper healing. The tattoo area will peel, like a sunburn, a few times during the course of the healing process. You must not pick at it or rub it. The best tattoo care is preventing scabbing by keeping it moist and clean.
The new tattoo should be kept out of the sun during the healing process. Some inks can develop a photosensitivity if exposed to the sun. This will cause itching anytime the tattoo is in sunlight. Fading of tattoos over time is often caused by exposure to sun, especially during the healing process. Tattoo care should always be gentle. Cleaning should be done frequently and carefully. You should not allow really hot water showers or long soaks in the bathtub while it is healing.