What Should You Put On A New 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.
- Be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage.
- Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and be sure to pat dry.
- Apply a layer of antibacterial/Vaseline ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage.
- Gently wash your tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently pat dry before reapplying the antibacterial/Vaseline ointment.
- Keep applying a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it to keep it moist.
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).
What can I use to cover a new tattoo?
1 A sterile bandage should used to completely cover a new tattoo. 2 The sterile bandage is required to be taped down with medical adhesive when leaving a licensed tattoo studio. 3 Cheese cloth or muslin cloth can be used as an alternative to cling film. 4 Do not let sticky tape touch your tattoo.
Can you put lotion on a new tattoo?
#11 & #12. Scratching & Over Moisturizing – If you ask anyone who has a tattoo what the worst part of healing is, they’ll probably tell you the itching. You must resist the urge ! Scratching an itch that just won’t go away is so satisfying, but trust me on this, it won’t be this time.
- You can scratch off those scabs too soon! Plus who knows what bacteria is lurking under your fingernails! Moisturizing your healing tattoo is a vital step in the healing process, but you can easily over moisturize it;
As we’ve covered, too much moisture on a tattoo is bad. It can harbor and grow bacteria, and bacteria leads to infections. All you need is a thin layer of moisturizer 2-3 times a day. If you wash your tattoo before applying moisturizer, be sure to let your tattoo dry completely before putting it on, because the lotion can trap the moisture in.
What should I do after getting a new tattoo?
After removing your bandage, you should gently cleanse your new tattoo with an antibacterial, fragrance-free soap (we like Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Baby Unscented, Pure-Castile Soap) and hot water. The hot water may cause temporary mild stinging, but will aid in opening pores and killing bacteria for maximum cleansing.
Can you put antiseptic ointment on a tattoo?
Immediately after your new tattoo – As a rule of thumb, avoid using anti-bacterial ointment on a new tattoo. The thick petroleum in anti-bacterial ointments can cut off oxygen and suffocate the healing wound. This can also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing color to fade.
- If using Saniderm, you don’t need to apply anything to your tattoo before applying the bandage;
- However, you’re welcome to apply an extremely thin layer of an aftercare product specifically designed for tattoos;
Personally, we use and recommend Sanibalm for this. Sanibalm is non-petroleum based and uses sea buckthorn oil , which is rich in antioxidants. Products like this help the healing process along and keep your new tattoo moisturized. Additionally, airborne bacteria can penetrate through your broken skin.
- For this reason, it’s important to cover the tattooed area with a bandage or dressing;
- As the makers of Saniderm , we’re naturally a little biased, but we believe we make the best tattoo bandage on the planet for a lot of reasons;
We advise against using saran wrap for extended periods of time , as it can suffocate your tattoo. Remember: healing tattoos need oxygen. .