Tattoo Care

Aftercare of Tattoo

If you're seriously interested in knowing about Tattoo, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about Tattoo.

Most of this information comes straight from the Tattoo pros. Careful reading to the end virtually guarantees that you'll know what they know.

The artist that did your tattoo will have something very definite to say about the care of your new tattoo, and it is probably a good idea to listen to him/her. Many shops will have an information sheet listing care instructions.

The information provided in this section may or may not be the same method your artist offers. Regardless, there are three things to remember about caring for your new tattoo: o Moiturize it o Don't overmoisturize it o And whatever you do, Don't pick your onion peel scabs!

Other people will recommend different ointments and lotions. Some people swear by Tea Tree Oil (toner) from the Body Shop for its healing qualities. Others like A & D Ointment (marketed for diaper rash, I find it somewhat greasy), and the cheapest is probably regular Vaseline Intensive Care. If you live in a dry area and you're prone to use a lot of lotion anyway, the last one, in a large pump bottle, may be your best bargain.

Most tattoo artists will cover your tattoo with a bandage, gauze or cling wrap. Leave this covering on for between one and four hours to prevent any bacteria from entering and to allow any blood to clot.

With clean hands, remove the bandage and wash gently with warm water and a mild anti-bacterial soap. Make sure you remove all traces of blood. Do not use a washcloth to wash your tattoo. This will be too abrasive to a new tattoo. Pat the tattoo dry with a soft clean cloth. Do not rub it dry. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your tattoo. It needs to stay moist in order to heal, and these products will dry it out.

Like any other wound to the skin, your tattoo will itch during the healing process. DO NOT SCRATCH IT. Scratching or picking will remove the scab and possibly some of the color from the tattoo. Slap skin or rub lotion into tattoo to relieve itching.

Following these simple steps will ensure that you end up with the best result with minimal complications.

Sometimes it's tough to sort out all the details related to this subject, but I'm positive you'll have no trouble making sense of the information presented above.