The First Day
Leave your bandage on for at least two hours after your tattoo session. This will allow your skin to start the healing process and prevent any bacteria from getting into the tattoo. After removing the bandage, gently wash your tattoo with mild, unscented soap and warm water. Do not scrub the tattoo, and avoid using a washcloth or loofah. Pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Do not rub or scratch the tattoo, as this can cause damage and delay the healing process. Apply a thin layer of fragrance-free, non-petroleum-based moisturizer to the tattoo. This will help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent itching. Avoid touching or picking at the tattoo, as this can introduce bacteria and lead to infection. Wear loose-fitting clothing that won't rub against the tattoo, and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or soaking it in water for the first few days.
After getting a tattoo, the healing process typically takes a couple weeks. Initially, the tattoo will be sore and tender to the touch, and the surrounding area may be swollen and red. Over the next few days, a scab can form over the tattoo, and it may start to itch as the skin begins to heal. It's important to avoid scratching or picking at the scab, as this can damage the tattoo and increase the risk of infection. During this time, it's important to keep the tattoo clean and moisturized, and to avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or soaking it in water for prolonged periods of time. With proper care, your tattoo will continue to heal and look its best for years to come.
After getting a new tattoo, it's important to give it special attention to ensure that it heals properly and looks its best. For the next few weeks, you should avoid exposing the tattoo to direct sunlight, soaking it in water, or wearing tight or restrictive clothing that can rub against it. You should also avoid picking at any scabs that form, and make sure to keep the tattoo clean and moisturized. It's important to use a gentle, fragrance-free soap when washing the tattoo, and to apply a thin layer of unscented, non-petroleum-based moisturizer several times a day. You should also avoid scratching or rubbing the tattoo, as this can cause damage and increase the risk of infection.