Aquaphor and it's uses in treating tattooed skin, acne and other skin conditions.

Tattoo Ointment Guide

Tattoo Ointment Guide

Why a Tattoo Ointment Guide?

After getting my first tattoo, I was overwhelmed with the differing opinions everyone had about the most effective aftercare procedure. My tattoo artist said one thing, a friend (with 9 tattoos I might ad) recommended another, and I had no idea what was the best course of action. When I consulted the almighty Google I fared no better, as everyone seemed to recommend different products, and it was hard to know who was saying it because it was true, and who had been paid to say it!

This guide was written in an attempt to prevent others from experiencing the same confusion that I did, and I hope it will help you make informed decisions on tattoo aftercare ointments.

Tattoo Ointment Comparison

Lubriderm

Many tattoo artists recommend using Lubriderm after the first day, as it is an excellent moisturizer and will help the skin remain soft. It rubs in easily, and has a relatively thin consistency that allows you to apply it without irritating the skin (some people may experience a stinging sensation at first, but it will subside rapidly). Without any fragrance/scent, Lubriderm has nothing that will irritate your skin and cause damage to the tattoo. Most professionals who recommend Lubriderm advise that you apply it 3-5 times daily, and continue this application for around 3-5 days. After that point it can still be used as a general moisturizer. As with all ointments, an important thing to note is that they must not be applied too often, as the tattooed skin needs time to breathe in order to heal properly. While Lubriderm is not antibacterial, it’s gentle moisturizing properties make it a helpful part of a tattoo aftercare regimen.

Tattoo Goo

This ointment is a bit harder to find than some of the others (such as Aquaphor) as it is not always carried in drugstores, but many tattoo parlours have some on hand and it can be ordered easily off of Amazon. This tattoo care ointment should be applied 3-4 times daily to allow the skin to breathe, but it goes on smoothly and is less greasy than some other options. Unlike more gentle lotions like Lubriderm, some people have experienced negative reactions to Tattoo Goo, ranging from widespread rashes to red dots appearing on the tattoo. These reports are rare, but as always caution should be used (test the product on a small area first to avoid a large reaction). However, there are many that love the product as well, and say that it eliminated itching and flaking, while simultaneously brightening the color of their tattoos.

Tattoo Ointment Guide

Aquaphor

As the product most frequently featured on this site, and the reason why I started it, Aquaphor is the only product I wholeheartedly recommend. I have not heard of any negative reactions to the product, and I personally know many people who have used it with great results. My only critique of Aquaphor ointment is that it is not antibacterial, and if applied too thickly can prevent your skin from breathing properly. However, if applied ~4 times/day, it will protect your skin and facilitate rapid healing. Aquaphor is quite affordable as well, and readily available at drugstores. The ointment is thick and similar in appearance to Vaseline, but is unscented and will not irritate your sensitive, tattooed skin.

Bacitracin

This is another product that has received some mixed reviews, both online and with people I know personally. It seems that if used effectively, Bacitracin can be very helpful in speeding up the healing process, as it is one of the few antibacterial ointments that are recommended for tattoos. The antibiotic properties of this ointment help your tattoo heal by preventing infection, which can cause painful and unsightly damage to your skin. The most important consideration when using Bacitracin is that you must not use too much, or you risk “suffocating” your tattoo. A thin layer must be applied, if the area appears shiny then blot away the excess with gauze or a lint free cloth. If you choose to use Bacitracin, I have heard that the most effective treatment plan is to apply it for up to 5 days, but then switch to a non-medicated, unscented moisturizer such as Lubriderm (but there are many other great options available).

A+D Original Ointment

This is another popular product with tattoo artists, and many locations carry it to give as an aftercare product. Similarly to other thicker ointments, the primary risk with A+D ointment for tattoos is that it has a tendency to clog the pores, so care must be taken to prevent over-application. The ointment contains vitamins A and D to help heal dry and damaged skin, a situation common with new tattoos. Most tattoo artists recommend using this for a few days, then switching to a thinner, unscented lotion (as mentioned above, Lubriderm is a popular product for this). There are two formulations of A+D, the original ointment (pictured above), and a zinc oxide ointment. DO NOT use the zinc oxide form, as many artists say that the zinc will damage the tattoo, primarily by drawing out color (which is never a good thing with tattoos!).

Aftercare Review: H2Ocean Ultimate Tattoo Care Kit

Aftercare Review: H2Ocean Ultimate Tattoo Care Kit

H2OCEAN ULTIMATE TATTOO CARE KIT

After a length break in posting during the busy 2015 fall season, we are back with a review of a new kit that I recently discovered. Many people are concerned with the effectiveness of various tattoo aftercare kits, and as new products come to market it’s important to stay up-to-date. As most of us with tattoos know, it’s hard to stop at just one! This article will serve as a brief overview of H2Ocean’s inclusive tattoo care kit, which contains a full regimen of tattoo aftercare essentials.

Aftercare Review: H2Ocean Ultimate Tattoo Care Kit

Product Highlights

“The ultimate tattoo care aftercare kit is essential for all healing stages of your new tattoo and can be used after healing on existing tattoos. This kit is designed to cleanse your tattoo while providing nourishment and moisture to your skin. This one of a kind all natural water based aftercare system will keep your new tattoo bright and beautiful for many years to come. The ultimate tattoo care aftercare kit provides you with a 3 step safe, unscented, and revitalizing skin care regiment that is made for the industry by the industry.” –H2Ocean

  • Includes cleansing foam, moisturizing cream, moisturizing foam
  • Combats infection and colour damage
  • Prevents skin irritation and dryness
  • Water based (non comedogenic, good for those with allergies)
  • Can be used for permanent make-up tattoos

Summary

H2Ocean’s Ultimate Tattoo Care kit is a comprehensive package that provides just about everything you need after getting a new tattoo. While the package is more expensive than purchasing a single ointment such as aquaphor, it does include a multi step treatment that will help ensure proper tattoo healing. Shipping via amazon is very fast, but this product must be purchased before the day of your tattoo as shipping times are usually around 2 days. Unfortunately, I have not seen this product in any brick and mortar stores, so make sure to plan ahead!

How Much do Tattoos Hurt?

How Much do Tattoos Hurt?

We have had many people emailing us and asking how much tattoo’s hurt, and which areas are the best for “beginners” who are worried about the potential pain caused by the process. In truth there is no definite answer to these questions, as everyone is different, and what is unbearably painful to one person may be a walk in the park for another. However, I am providing a few charts that are made based on the number of nerves in an area, along with anecdotal evidence of which areas are more/less painful.

How Much do Tattoos Hurt?

There are exceptions to the rule of course, and I have heard of people who found the chest very irritating, but noted that they felt nearly nothing on the inner arm. These infographics are not meant to be hard-and-fast rules on what areas will be painful, but it hopefully will help give you a general idea of what you are most likely to experience.

How Much do Tattoos Hurt?

Aside from tattoo location, another factor to take into consideration is the type of tattoo. Lettering or other “line-based” tattoos will typically be less painful than one that involves a lot of shading or thick blocks of colour. Black and white tattoos are also usually less painful (and less time consuming) than coloured pieces. This is because to get the colour right, many artists will have to take a multi-layered approach to it, which involves going over the same areas repeatedly.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review

Aquaphor Lotion Or Ointment For Tattoo

There are some products that everyone seems to have around the house, and they are often those that can be applied to the widest range of uses. In my home, these products include the gastro-intestinal medicine Pepto-Bismol (who have a jingle about all of it’s uses), as well as WD-40 for more mechanical applications. If I were to choose an equivalent product for skincare, it would be Aquaphor. In my Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review I’ll tell you why:

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review

After years of trying different creams, ointments, and topical treatments, I began to accept the fact that I would be cursed with untreatable problem skin for the rest of my days. I not only suffered from eczema, but also had acne and chronic dry skin all over. I had tried prescription products, but my wallet was feeling far too light after so many trips to the dermatologists (and the adjacent pharmacy). When I finally got around to asking my Grandmother for advice, something I should’ve done at the very beginning let me tell you, she tossed me the remnants of her old Aquaphor tub to try out. The tub she gave me must’ve been at least 8 years old, but as far as I can tell the packaging hasn’t changed one bit.

Aquaphor most often comes in an uninteresting, white circular plastic tub with a blue twist on lid. The design is simple and easily recognizable, but the smooth surface of the tub/lid make for a difficult time when trying to open or close the lid with greasy hands. I personally prefer a pump design, but the simple tub works well enough to not be an issue.

Upon opening the jar, you are immediately reminded of Vaseline, as both appear to share a similar, clear and greasy coloration. Anyone who has used both will agree that while they look the same, Aquaphor is thicker and lasts longer on the skin, helping even the most raw skin heal quickly. Due to this difference in consistency, Aquaphor is ideal for creating a protective coating on your skin, which can be useful for protecting against chafing. Some even apply Aquaphor as an invisible glove when working in the garden or with harsh cleaners/chemicals, to minimize the skin’s contact with irritants.

Benefits And Side Effects Of Aquaphor For Tattoos

The ointment itself is fragrance, preservative, and irritant free, so you can be sure it will do nothing but help the condition of your skin. The gentle composition is safe to be used with many other medications, and the ointment is often included in prescription ointments as a base for which to mix other compounds into.

Uses

Eucarin, the parent company that produces Aquaphor, says that their healing ointment is for dry, cracked, and irritated skin, and can be used for preventing chafing, treating burns, and creating a protective barrier against things that may damage your skin. Aside from these uses, Aquaphor can be used for everything from greasing door hinges to polishing shoes. I recently wrote another article expanding on these alternate uses for aquaphor, please check that out to get a more extensive list on how to use this miracle ointment.

Value

One of the main reasons why you should buy a tub of Aquaphor is that it’s bound to last you forever. Provided you aren’t applying it on a large area every day, the 14oz standard tub size will at a minimum last you a few months. At only a few dollars more than vaseline (which has far fewer uses, and I find is not even as good as a moisturizer), the thicker consistency allows longer use of the same volume, and I think a couple dollars is a reasonable price to pay for a more versatile product.

Summary

Overall, Aquaphor provides excellent value in a skincare product, a segment notorious for highly priced creams. Aquaphor is simple to use, just spread it on, and treats a wide variety of skin problems quickly and effectively. I would highly recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already, and as always feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it!