You must take proper care after having a tattoo in your body to prevent swelling and infections. This post deals with few tips on how to take care of a tattoo.
- Do not touch the tattoo without washing your hands neatly with fresh water.
- Remove the band-aid once to get to home within 3 hours after having it.
- Gently wash the tattoo with water without using any wash cloth or chemicals that will erase your tattoo.
- Never rub your tattoo with any hard cloth since it will remove the tattoo.
- You must take good care of your tattoo the first few days. Use aquaphor ointment to take good care of the tattoos. Avoid using dirty hands and do not put your finger back into the ointment after having a contact with your tattoo. Make sure you rub the ointment in such a way that it is not greasy or shiny, you should use the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any form of excess ointment with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid using Vaseline, petroleum or bag balm. After then, wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed
- Use a saran nap to cover up your tattoo the first day so that it does not stick to your bed. If you sleep open it may be sticking to the clothes on your bid and may hinder the fast healing of the tattoo.
- Wear very soft clothes which will not cause any rash on the tattoos and be very careful the first 14 days after getting a tattoo on your body; avoid anything causing abrasion or irritation. If you tattoo is a foot tattoo, move around bare-footed as much as possible. If you have to put on shoes, first wrap your tattoo in saran wrap, and then cover it with a clean cotton stock before wearing you shoe. Do not put on sandals or flip flops for the time being to avoid chafing and damage to the tattoo.
- After 4 days of the tattooing, on the 3rd and 4th day you tattoo will begin to peel. Don’t panic, it is normal. Avoid picking out the skin. Start using a mild, unscented lotion, that doesn’t contain dyes or perfumes. Keep using lotion for a minimum of 2 weeks; apply 1-2 times a day.
Things to avoid:
- Avoid picking, scratching and peeling, slapping, rubbing or irritating your tattoo.
- When taking you bath, avoid soaking your tattoo for 2 weeks. Avoid swimming, soaking or hot tubing.
- You should avoid exposing your tattoo to the sun for a minimum of 3 weeks, after which you must have experienced sun block.
- Avoid wearing abrasive materials, jewelries, or shoes that have a surface contact with you tattoo.
- Do not allow anyone to touch your tattoo without washing their hands.
- Avoid the gym equipment; make sure it is watched before using.
If you don’t take a proper care of your tattoo, it might be infected or damaged. If you get your tattoo infected, seek medical attentions straight up.