How to Care for a Tattoo

Tattoos are regaining popularity. It seems the age old art of tattooing is regaining the  interest of the masses again. Taking care of a new tattoo requires a basic knowledge of first aid and some patience. The tattooed area requires observation as well. Since the young and old are getting tattoos, here are a few tips that will help you take care of your new tattoos. Individuals who have old tattoos that didn’t age well may consider getting tattoo cover up services.

Caring for your new tattoo can be simple, easy and fast. The process is not complicated. Here’s how.


Things You’ll Need:

  • Washcloth
  • Loose and comfortable clothes
  • Antibiotic soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Plain skin lotion
  • Antibiotic ointment

Step 1

After your tattoo is done you must take extra care to protect it. Bandage the tattooed area. Keep the area covered with the bandage for a minimum of 2 hours. If the tattoo artist suggests to cover the area for longer than 2 hours, then take this suggestion and follow the directions he/she gives.

Step 2

When the times comes to remove the bandage, carefully remove it. Be careful of the surrounding skin. Throw the bandage in the trash can. Removing the bandage allows the kin to get air and encourages the healing process as well. After you have removed the bandage, do not re-bandage the site of the tattoo.

Step 3

To cleanse the newly tattooed area, place a small drop of antibiotic soap on your finger. Gently wash the tattoo. Take a clean, dry wash cloth and pat it dry. Do not rub the surface of the tattoo. Make sure you don’t use a paper towel to dry the skin, either.

Step 4

Use an over the counter ointment to help with this process. Make sure it is not an ointment that contains zinc, but rather petroleum. Ointments with zinc as an ingredient may cause a negative reaction.

Step 5

For the next several days, continue to care for your tattoo by applying antibiotic ointment to the area. After the first several days have passed you may now change to a lotion to keep the skin moisturized and maintained. The lotion should be a perfume free, dye free lotion. Lanolin, Vitamin E and alcohol are also ingredients that should be avoided when choosing a lotion to apply to a new tattoo.

Step 6

The new tattoo should be exposed to air as much as it is possible. However, make sure that the effected area is not over exposed to sunlight.

Step 7

Do not get your tattoo wet excessively. You may take a shower, but long sitz baths and swimming should not be done for at least 3 weeks after your tattoo has been applied.

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About the Author: Alan Kennon lives a very happy life with two kids and a lovely wife. He likes to share his life time experiences with others about how they can improve their lifestyle and personality.

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