Proper Tattoo Care - Show Your Tattoo .com
In order to prevent infection and keep your brand new tattoo looking just
that, it is important to care for your body art conscientiously. Please keep in mind that, once tattooed,
your tattoo artist is not responsible for infections or problems associated with
your tattoo. We have provided some
general guidelines for tattoo care.
An important thing to remember is that a fresh tattoo is a wound. Bandaging the tattoo is a good defense
for the airborne bacteria that can cause infection. While it is exciting for you to show off
your new tattoo, keep the bandage on it for at least two to three hours. If you cannot stand the obstructive
nature of the bandage, you may also cover the fresh tattoo with clear cellophane
wrap so that it may be viewed but still protected from infection.
Once you have removed the bandage or cellophane from your tattoo, you may
wash the tattoo CAREFULLY with warm water and antibacterial soap. DO NOT use a washcloth or any sort of
abrasive material to clean your new tattoo. When you are finished washing your
tattoo, PAT it dry with a clean towel and let it air-dry.
There are various products that can be used on fresh tattoos. Those most commonly used are Bacitracin
or any vitamin enriched ointment.
While Neosporin was often recommended in the past, it is no longer widely
used. Also, keep in mind that
ointments containing lanolin and petroleum should be avoided as they can clog
pores and slow the healing process.
Also, ask your tattoo artist about ointments created specifically for
tattoos, such as Tattoo Goo.
Remember to apply a VERY THIN layer of ointment two to three daily for
about two weeks. As the tattoo
heals, you will experience itching and scabbing. It is very important that you DO NOT
SCRATCH OR PICK at the tattoo. If
the itch is uncontrollable, gently slap the tattoo. Wearing loose clothing can also help
lessen any irritation as well as help the tattoo breathe.
When your tattoo is fresh, DO NOT apply sunscreen to it. Keep your new tattoo covered with your
clothing when in the sun or simply avoid basking in the sunís rays until your
tattoo is healed. After all, taking
pride in your body art includes keeping it vibrant and looking brand new by
avoiding the UV rays that can be devastating to your ink.