Tattoo aftercare instructions made simple

simple tattoo aftercare instructions by Sumina Shrestha, Tattoo Artist Nepal

Tattoo Aftercare – Things to Do

1. Clean Hands Rule:
Always begin with clean hands before touching your tattoo. Minimize the risk of infection by maintaining hand hygiene.

2. Timely Unwrapping:
Remove the initial bandage or wrap 1-2 hours after the tattoo session. Allowing your skin to breathe accelerates the healing process.

3. Gentle Cleansing
Use a mild, antibacterial soap to cleanse your tattoo. Gently pat it dry with a clean towel to avoid irritation. Avoid fragrant soap or wash.

4. Ointment Application:
Starting from the second day apply a thin layer of the recommended ointment twice a day until your tattoo heals. This step ensures adequate moisture and aids in preventing scabbing.

5. Temperature Matters:
Keep your tattoo away from hot water sources, as heat can make swelling worse. You can use lukewarm water during cleansing.

6. Clothing Considerations:
Opt. for loose clothing to prevent friction against your tattoo. This reduces irritation and promotes optimal healing.

7. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:
Stay well-hydrated to support your skin’s natural healing processes. Water contributes to overall skin health and aids in the recovery of your tattoo.

Things to avoid

1. The Itch Dilemma:
Refrain from scratching your healing tattoo. If itching occurs, gently tap or slap the area to alleviate the sensation without compromising the skin.

2. Sun Protection:
Shield your tattoo from direct sunlight with clothing or a non-sticky, broad-spectrum sunscreen. UV rays can fade the colors and hinder the healing process.

3. Water Caution:
Postpone swimming and prolonged water exposure until your tattoo fully heals. This prevents potential infections from waterborne bacteria.

4. Exercise Mindfully:
Be cautious during physical activities. Avoid excessive sweating or tight clothing that may irritate the tattooed area.

5. Say No to Picking:
Resist the temptation to pick at scabs or peeling skin. Let the healing process occur naturally to avoid scarring.

6. Avoid Petroleum-based Products:
Refrain from using petroleum-based products on your healing tattoo. Stick to recommended ointments or creams to promote proper healing.

Additional Notes:
A. For the best care of your tattoo, it’s generally advised to stick to aftercare practices for about two to four weeks. Keep in mind that healing times differ for everyone, influenced by factors like tattoo size, complexity, personal health, and skin type. The key is to follow the aftercare routine until your tattoo is completely healed, and any scabs or peeling skin have naturally cleared up.

B. Conduct periodic assessments of your tattoo for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or unusual discharge. Promptly consult your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional if any irregularities arise.

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