How To Sleep With A Fresh Tattoo?

How To Sleep With A Fresh Tattoo
Can you sleep on a new tattoo? – In an ideal world, you would be able to sleep and not have to worry about the tattoo. Actually, tattoos are effectively open wounds. This means that you need to take some precautions. Going days without sleep isn’t an option.

  • People have different techniques;
  • If you can, you should try to avoid sleeping directly on the tattoo;
  • For instance, if you have a tattoo on your back, try to sleep on your front and let the tattoo breathe;

A lot of tattoo artists recommend sleeping with the wrap that was put on. Others recommend re-wrapping, or just applying healing ointment and keeping the tattoo clean. The important thing is avoiding infection.

How do you cover a fresh tattoo for sleep?

This info should guide you through the care of healing your tattoo, but if you have any other questions while it is healing, do not hesitate to contact your artist directly or call the shop for immediate reply. There are no stupid questions about healing.

– After your tattoo is completed, your artist will bandage your tattoo for your trip home. Leave the bandage on for one to three hours. When you take the bandage off, wash it with very warm water (as hot as is comfortable) and mild liquid hand soap (like Dr.

Bronner’s, Dial or Softsoap, just no perfumed or exfoliating body washes). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel, and let it air dry the rest of the way (never scrub the tattoo with a towel or sponge). Then you will apply a very small amount of Aquaphor Ointment or plain, unscented skin lotion (we recommend Aveeno, Lubriderm, Curel, or any of their generics) to the tattoo, just enough to lightly moisturize.

  • Your first night sleeping, your artist might recommend you re-wrap the tattoo with plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap) to sleep without the tattoo sticking to your sheets. This is generally for larger or solid-color tattoos. If your artist did not recommend re-wrapping, just let the tattoo stay exposed to air overnight.
  • Every day from then on, you will wash the tattoo in the morning and at night, and apply lotion 3 times a day or so, or whenever the tattoo feels dry or tight.
  • Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo.
  • DO NOT apply Vaseline, Neosporin, Bacitracin or any other medicated or perfumed product to your tattoo.
  • After a few days, the tattoo will form a thin scab over it, and in about a week the scab will begin to flake off in the shower. DO NOT pick or scratch at the scab, just keep it clean and moist and the scabs will all fall off by themselves in about two weeks. Picking any of the scabs off will cause faded color and damage to the skin.

During healing do NOT:

  • Wrap the tattoo after the first night (wearing breathable clothes over it is fine as long as they are not causing friction. (Keeping tattoos wrapped in plastic or bandages will stop air from getting to the tattoo, slow healing, and make gross stuff grow in there. )
  • Submerge the tattoo in water. This means baths, pools and oceans. Regular showering is fine.
  • Expose it to strong sunlight (Like outdoor activities or beach days. Walking to your car is fine)
  • Shave over the tattoo (ouch!)

When all the scabs fall off and the skin feels smooth again to the touch, it is all healed and you can shave over it again, and swim and everything else. Sometimes after the scab falls off there is a secondary shiny, raised or waxy coat over the tattoo. This is just another healing layer of skin. Continue to moisturize it and it will smooth out by itself over time. If you have any questions about your tattoo while its healing you are always welcome to come by the shop and have us check it out, or email the artist who did the tattoo with “AFTERCARE” in the subject line for an immediate response.

Do not slather a big, thick coat of product over it; just enough for it to stay moist and flexible. If you are using Aquaphor, you can switch to a plain lotion after the first few days. Lotion is generally fine for everyone, your artist will recommend if you would benefit from ointment.

If something doesn’t look perfect After your tattoo is finished healing, we’ll do our best to make it right. Sometimes with excessive scabbing, or other unpredictable reactions during healing, your skin can reject some ink, leaving a “light spot” that is closer to your skin color in the tattoo (or a line might get thinner or lighter in one spot).

  • This is common as its unlikely your body will accept every spot of pigment uniformly, so just contact your artist via email after your tattoo is finished healing with a photo to see if a small touch up is in order;

Unless you were negligent during the care of your tattoo, touch-ups are very minor and quick, and guaranteed by our artists if you contact them about it within 3 months of getting the tattoo. Because older tattoos that have settled in fully and aged require more work to make uniform, we suggest coming in as soon as possible when it’s healed, as touch ups are performed for a fee at the artist’s discretion after 3 months.

Should you cover a new tattoo at night?

Keep Your Tattoo Wrapped Through The Night – Some tattoo artists recommend that you can take off the film or adhesive wrapping after a few hours when you’re back home or after you take a shower. However, it’s better to keep the wrapping on through the night, so that the fresh wound can begin to heal itself.

  1. It’d be good to ask your tattoo artist where to buy more wraps so that you can change them if necessary;
  2. One of the best ways to change the wrapping is to clean your tattoo with antibacterial soap and then apply a new wrapping that will sit through the night allowing your wound to breathe and heal gradually;
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Can you mess up a tattoo by sleeping on it?

Fresh tattoos can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to heal. During this healing phase, there are 7 things that can ruin your new tattoo before it has even healed. Bad art from a bad artist It’s possible to ruin your new tattoo by choosing an unskilled artist.

When speaking about skills, I’m not referring to their artistic skills. This would be about the artists’ tattooing procedure and application skills. Everyone’s skin is different skin. Healthy, unhealthy, plump, loose, tight, oily, or dry.

Our skin’s surface, thickness, and tightness are also different throughout our bodies. These differences can have a detrimental impact on how the ink lays into your skin. An inexperienced artist can further implicate this. Finding and choosing an experienced artist goes without question 2.

  1. Keeping your fresh tattoo covered too long Fresh tattoos are open wounds, and after the tattoo session, the artist will cover your new tattoo;
  2. Every artist has a different preference for what they use;
  3. Some still use the old school plastic Saran Wrap crap made for sandwiches;

Try to avoid using this food cellophane wrap on new ink. Fresh tattoos should be wrapped with a sterile bandage. The best options are medical-grade adhesive bandages and protective tattoo films like Saniderm or Dermalize. Wrapping a fresh tattoo is essential to help the initial healing while providing protection from environmental contaminants like dirt, germs or anything else that should not go near an open wound.

After the wrap has been on for a few hours, you will start to see blood and plasma underneath. Once this happens, it’s time to remove the wrap, as this can block your skin pores from breathing. This can ruin your new tattoo before the first day is over.

And trust me, I’ve ruined two tattoos by leaving the wrap on too long as per the artist’s instructions. The bandage or wrap should stay on no longer than 6-8 hours max. If using products like Saniderm or Dermalize, you can always remove it, clean the tattoo and apply a new layer.

  • Tattoo Infections As discussed above, the post-procedure wrapping helps protect your skin from getting infected;
  • Once unwrapped, keep your skin clean and follow proper tattoo aftercare instructions;
  • This will ensure your new tattoo heals without getting infected;

During tattoo healing, avoid touching your ink unless washing or applying aftercare. It’s very easy to transfer dirt and germs onto your fresh tattoo (open wound) from dirty hands. Sleeping with a fresh tattoo Getting a goods night’s sleep can be awkward during the tattoo healing process.

Even more awkward is the size and location of your new tattoo. Try to avoid laying on the tattoo, and or having it covered under the sheets or blankets. Covering a fresh tattoo under blankets or sheets can cause a risk of infection.

The bed is a great place for hidden germs that you do not want to get into an open wound. The same as above, your skin needs to breathe, so not covering up under the sheets helps. Then there’s the issue of laying on the tattoo. You risk having the tattoo stick to the bed or pick up dirt and germs.

You can always lay down a clean towel on the bed if you need to. Another option for sleeping is applying a breathable medical wrap like Saniderm. Make sure to remove it as soon as you wake up so that there’s not too much blood and plasma accumulation.

Cleaning and excess water exposure Keeping a fresh tattoo clean goes without question. So never submerge a fresh tattoo underwater. Also, avoid excessive water exposure while showering. Our skin is like a sponge and it will absorb the water, which can damage the tattoo.

When it comes to cleaning your new tattoo, make sure you do this several times a day. You can read our 17 Best Tips To Heal New Tattoos here. Picking or scratching itchy or peeling skin During the tattoo healing stages, some people experience itchy and scabby skin.

The reason for this to happen is part of your skin’s healing process. But whatever you do, resist the urge to pick or peel your skin as this can damage the color and lines of your new tattoo. To avoid or end any itchy peeling skin during tattoo healing, always use a good aftercare product.

Keep your tattoo clean and moisturized several times throughout the day. Don’t let your tattoo get dry, and only apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare after every cleaning. Now, in regards to peeling and itchy skin, I have never suffered from this.

I followed the above directions and none of my 21 tattoos have ever peeled or got itchy. Excessive sun exposure Excessive sun exposure is a fast way to ruin a new tattoo. Be aware of any direct sun exposure on your fresh ink. If you must be outside, always keep your tattoo covered, for at least the first 40 days.

Cover Up with clothing or try to stay out of the sun. Never apply any sunscreen on a fresh tattoo. Some of these products have ingredients that are not good for your fresh ink during healing. A list of nasty skincare ingredients will be for another blog.

After your new tattoo has healed, make sure to keep it protected with quality sunscreen product if going outside. Excessive direct UVA/UVB sun exposure  accelerates skin aging, which causes tattoo fading.

Can my new tattoo touch my sheets?

USE A SPARE BED SHEET – If you don’t rewrap the tattoo for those first few nights, you may want to pull out a spare bed sheet that you are okay with getting ink on. Not only does that help to keep the tattoo clean, but it will protect from germs, sweat, and bacteria that may have accumulated on a sheet that is not freshly laundered.

What do you do first 24 hours after a tattoo?

Aftercare for Your Tattoo – So, how can you make sure that new tattoo is something you don’t end up regretting? Follow these steps while your new tattoo heals.

  1. Be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage.
  2. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water  and be sure to pat dry.
  3. Apply a layer of antibacterial/Vaseline ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage.
  4. Gently wash your tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently pat dry before reapplying the antibacterial/Vaseline ointment.
  5. Keep applying a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it to keep it moist.
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You should repeat this process for 2 to 4 weeks. Also try not to wear clothes that will stick to your tattoo, and avoid swimming and the sun for about 2 weeks. And take cool showers. Scalding hot water will not only hurt, but it can also fade the ink. Wear a physical blocker sunscreen  with at least 7% zinc oxide sunscreen during the daylight hours and/or cover it up (with clothing, a bandage).

How long after a tattoo can you shower?

How Soon After a Tattoo Can I Shower? – Your first shower after a new tattoo can be the day after you got the tattoo. That could be between 12 and 48 hours. Sometimes, the tattoo becomes messy after a night of oozing blood and ink. In order for the tattoo to start healing properly, you need to give it a light wash with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water.

  1. After 48 hours, your tattoo should be good for water exposure, but only once or twice a day;
  2. During the first week, it is essential not to expose the tattoo to the water for longer periods;
  3. This will prevent the tattoo from drying and forming a new skin layer;

In such a case, your tattoo could get infected. Note : we also recommend you avoid sweat-inducing activities, like working out, jogging, etc. Sweat carries bacteria that can infect the tattoo. Furthermore, sweating prevents the tattoo from drying out, which could also lead to an infection.

Why does getting a tattoo make me sleepy?

Your Skin Will Totally Heal – After a few weeks, that ink will be safe and secure in your dermis, it will be done peeling, and you’ll be left with a gorgeous and smooth tattoo! Want more fashion and beauty tips? Check out the video below and subscribe to Bustle on YouTube! Images: Drew Hays , Annie Spratt , Misty Pittman , Med Badr Chemmaoui, Annie Spratt /Unsplash; Pattaya Unlimited , mytat_2s , Shannon Archuleta /Flickr.

Which part of tattooing hurts the most?

What should you not do after a tattoo?

Should I sleep with cling film on my tattoo?

Should I cover my tattoo with cling film when I sleep? You should wrap your tattoo in cling film, even while sleeping for the first couple of nights. This helps keep the germs out and helps with keeping fabric off of the tattoo to reduce rubbing/chafing.

How long should I keep tattoo covered?

Method 2: Plastic Wrap – This is the less conventional method, and tends to work well for larger tattoos, as well as tattoos in awkward areas that will be covered with clothing, as this can cause irritation. If you find that your tattoos have healed poorly in the past, this method may be an effective alternative.

Remove your bandage after 3-12 hours, and clean it with mild soap and warm water as in Method 1. After washing, gently pat it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel, then allow it to air dry for 15 minutes.

When the tattoo is dry to the touch, cover it completely with a new piece of plastic wrap, using small pieces of tape as needed to hold it in place. Do not use any healing ointment or moisturizer, only plastic wrap over your cleaned and dried skin. With this method, the tattoo is kept completely covered with plastic wrap 24 hours a day, for as long as it takes to peel—usually 3 to 5 days.

  • It’s important to discard the wrapping and wash the tattoo every 4-6 hours or after any period of sweating, letting it completely air-dry afterwards, and applying a new piece of plastic wrap each time;

It’s also important not to over-wrap the area, unnecessarily covering untattooed skin, which can trap excess moisture and body heat. The same precautions as Method 1 regarding water and sunlight apply to this method as well. When the peeling begins after 3-5 days, the tattooed skin will flake like a sunburn.

How can I make my tattoo heal faster?

How long is tattoo pain?

– Your tattoo will be somewhat painful after your appointment. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Days 1 to 6. Your tattoo will be sore and swollen. It might feel like a moderate-to-severe bruise or sunburn.
  • Days 7 to 14. You’ll feel less soreness and more itchiness. Your tattoo may feel like it’s burning, which is irritating but normal.
  • Days 15 to 30. Your tattoo will be significantly less painful and itchy.

After your session, your tattoo might keep oozing blood for up to two days. It’s best to avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during this time. NSAIDs can thin your blood, which may increase bleeding and slow healing. Typically, the outer layer of your skin will heal in two to three weeks. The deeper layers can take up to six months.

How often should you moisturize a new tattoo?

Should I apply lotion to my tattoo? What kind of tattoo care products do you recommend? – Yes! Moisturizing your tattoo regularly is extremely important. You should moisturize your clean tattoo 3 – 6 times per day, for roughly two weeks (though proper skincare is always important, and most tattoo enthusiasts moisturize their tattoos daily for life!). A white cream lotion or moisturizer, preferably unscented, should be used! We recommend these fragrance-free, white cream lotions:  Aveeno , Curel , and Eucerin . Be warned: your favorite fragranced lotion is not a good option for moisturizing your tattoo – this can cause an excruciating burning sensation when applied to the tattoo, which is essentially an open wound. The fewer chemicals in the product, the better! Pure cocoa butter or shea butter is also popular for darker skin tones and is a fine option. There are some manufacturers who design products specifically for tattoo aftercare that work well for long-term care (such as Tattoo Goo , H2Ocean , and Hustle Butter ). Do NOT use aloe vera gel to moisturize, and we don’t recommend A&D ointment either, as the oil in these products can extract some of the ink from your tattoo.

Can I put a blanket over my fresh tattoo?

Sleep in a Clean Bed – Used sheets contain dust, dirt, dead skin cells, and possibly bacteria. Getting any of these on or into your new tattoo can lead to contamination and infection! If you can, we recommend putting new sheets on every night for the first week or so.

Should I sleep with cling film on my tattoo?

Should I cover my tattoo with cling film when I sleep? You should wrap your tattoo in cling film, even while sleeping for the first couple of nights. This helps keep the germs out and helps with keeping fabric off of the tattoo to reduce rubbing/chafing.

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Can I wrap my tattoo in Saran Wrap?

According to tattooist Harv Angel, caring for a new tattoo begins before the needle touches skin. His first piece of advice to anyone looking to get their first tattoo or add some new ink to a collection: Do your research. “Make sure that you’re not getting tattoo in somebody’s carport or their kitchen or their spare bedroom.

Go to a licensed tattooer, somebody’s who certified, somebody who has a track record,” he explained. Angel has been on island since 1977 and a serious tattooist since 1982, he says. Low Tide Tattoo, which his business cards bill as “Guam’s Only Fully Certified Tattoo Shop,” opened in its Tumon location across from the Pacific Island Club in 2001.

The point of doing research before getting a new tattoo is to ensure that a tattooist is using clean, safe practices. “Make sure they’re using aseptic procedures,” Angel explained. “Make sure that they’re using disposable needles, disposable tubes. Make sure that they’re wearing gloves — and not just latex gloves, because some people are allergic to latex.

  1. You wanna use Nitrile (gloves);
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“Never let a tattooer wrap your tattoo in Saran wrap,” Angel warned. “Saran wrap does not absorb the blood and other body fluids that come from a fresh tattoo. So you want, you want the tattoo wrapped in a sterile bandage, something that’s absorbent. Saran wrap is a no-no.

  1. ” And the tattoo shouldn’t stay covered for too long;
  2. “Tattoo care is gonna vary a little bit from shop to shop, y’know?” he advised;
  3. “Generally, you leave the tattoo wrapped up for at least a couple of hours;

And after removing the sterile bandage, you wash the tattoo — soap and water. It doesn’t matter what kind of soap. ” When drying off a new tattoo, make sure to pat it dry. “You don’t wipe it dry,” Angel said. A tattooist may give some ointment for new tattoos, or you can buy A&D ointment, Neosporin or Bacitracin over the counter.

  • There are specialized tattoo-care products like the H2Ocean brand, but Angel doesn’t think it’s necessary to spend that kind of money;
  • Angel said he’s even heard of people using Listerine or Preparation H, though he couldn’t say he would recommend those;

No matter what product is used, people with new tattoos should remember to keep their hands clean before touching the tattoo. Angel also advised against using too much ointment: “You wanna put (the ointment) on thin. You don’t glob it on real thick. ‘Cause if you put it on real thick, that keeps air from getting to the tattoo.

And air’s a real important component to the healing process. ” Expect your tattoo to ooze some fluids, including blood and ink, and then to scab over. “There’s probably going to be a little scabbing, similar to — I tell people, similar to like a peeling sunburn,” Angel said.

“It’s not a thick scab, but there’s going to probably be a little bit of scabbing. That’s not something you want to pick or scratch at. ” The best advice is to use common sense and mostly leave the new tattoo alone. “Don’t turn it into some difficult science project,” Angel said.

  • “It’s not like you’re healing up after open-heart surgery;
  • It is a wound — it’s a controlled wound, if you want to look at this way;
  • ” For those particularly worried about infection, make sure to do research, but also relax;

Angel has been in the business for over three decades and has never seen a tattoo go bad. “In all the years I’ve been in tattoo shops and tattooing, I’ve never seen an infected tattoo,” he said. Aside from germs, there are other things new tattoos should be protected from.

“Sun is the worst thing for your skin, it’s the worst thing for tattoos. Look what the sun does to car paint. You should never sunburn yourself. Stay out of the sun. You want to show off your tattoo, but you don’t want to sunburn it,” Angel said.

Angel said people with tattoos eventually find a routine that suits them. “After you get several tattoos, you find a routine that works well for you,” Angel said, “‘cause you’re going to hear different things from different tattooers.

Can I wrap my tattoo with paper towel?

Tattoo aftercare starts the moment you leave the tattoo shop. Once the tattoo is done, the artist will apply a thin layer of Grumpy Bosco’s E-Ointment (or A&D ointment) over the entire tattooed area. Your artist will then cover the area completely with plastic wrap or a bandage (paper towel is normal).

  • This covering protects the open skin from bacteria, sunlight, and from rubbing against clothing;
  • As tempting as it can be to remove the protective cover to look at the tattoo, the bandage or plastic wrap should stay on for at least an hour after the process;

The length of time will depend on the size and location of the tattoo. Plastic wrap must be removed within 2 hours. Bandage can stay longer but may be stuck to the tattooed area. DO NOT pull it off. Wet the backing of the bandage with warm water to remove easily.

  1. After a thorough hand-washing with antibacterial soap (dish soap is fine), a person can gently wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap and warm water;
  2. The ointment on the skin will come off, and the tattoo may appear as if it is oozing ink or a thick, sticky substance;

This reaction is not cause for concern; it’s just the excess fluid and ink from the tattoo process. After washing, pat the skin with a clean paper towel and allow it to air-dry for up to an hour. When the area is completely dry, apply a very thin layer of Grumpy Bosco’s E-Ointment (or A&D ointment) to the tattoo, and leave it uncovered to allow the skin to breathe.

Repeat this process at least 3 times daily. We highly recommend Grumpy Bosco’s E-Ointment. If you can’t find it, use A&D Ointment. Products like Aquaphor, Lubriderm, Aveeno, Curel, Eucerin etc. are discouraged by this shop.

Use them at your own risk. Note:   Always wash first and keep your dirty fingers off of it (this accounts for of 98% of infections). ​ DO NOT apply ointment over an existing layer! WASH IT FIRST! No excessive alcohol use for 24 hours. No pool, No hot tub, No saltwater for at least 10 days.