Whether you’re planning on getting a tattoo or have just bitten the bullet and had a wonderful piece of art inked on your body, you’re going to want to take good care of it.
Although you may not think about it this way, a tattoo is a wound, so for the first few weeks you should treat it as such. Learn more on how to treat your tattoo and helpful hints for proper healing.
How to treat:
- Carefully remove plastic wrap or thin gauze after a few hours, if the artist has placed it over the tattoo. It’s essential that your tattoo breathes to speed up the healing process.
- Gently clean the area with a mild unscented soap and warm water.
- Don’t use a sponge or cloth that could be abrasive and rub against the tattoo, clean hands are best for this task.
- You want to remove any blood or plasma (the substance that makes the tattoo appear slightly slimy) as this can lead to excess scabbing of the tattoo, according to about.com.
- Dry the area carefully, once the tattoo area is clean. The best way to do this is to use a kitchen towel and gently pat the tattoo.
- Let it air dry for a few minutes.
- Applying CUROXEN to a Tattoo. After the tattoo is dry, you can apply a first-aid ointment like CUROXEN to keep the area germ-free, reduce inflammation and help the area heal quicker. Apply CUROXEN to your tattoo a few times each day until any scabs have healed. This will help provide vital moisture without over-saturating the tattoo.
CUROXEN is a viable antimicrobial treatment for tattoo care because, unlike petroleum-based antimicrobials, it features a highly antimicrobial mode of action that is based entirely on one safe, organic active ingredient — olive oil. Olive oil is well established as a skin care benefit. By oxygenating olive oil, CUROXEN delivers a completely all-natural tattoo care solution that contains nothing that could cause adverse side effects such as antibiotic resistance, skin irritation, and other harmful allergic reactions.
· Avoid using antibiotic ointments like Neosporin, as they are highly allergenic and can cause a rash. Not only will a rash cause unnecessary pain, it will prolong healing time and could also permanently damage the look of your new body art.
· Avoid having the tattoo in water for prolonged periods of time. After each shower you will need to dry the tattoo carefully and re-apply a healing ointment like CUROXEN.
· You will also want to avoid lotions containing alcohol, aloe vera or cortisone as these can cause excess stinging, according to wikiHow.
· Products containing petroleum-based ingredients are not suitable for the aftercare of tattoos, because they will not allow the skin to breathe adequately and could hinder the healing process. They also tend to be thick and more difficult to spread over the skin, so you could pull on the tattoo and cause bleeding. They can also leech color from your new tattoo.
· Take care when choosing clothes over the next few weeks as well, opt for light fabrics and loose-fitting clothing that won’t stick to the tattoo.
· A small amount of scabbing is normal. Resist the urge to scratch or pick at the scab because you may infect the tattoo and damage the artwork.
· Drink plenty of water in the days following as hydrated skin will heal quicker.
· Expect the healing process to take anywhere between two and four weeks. If you spot any sign of infection—weeping or yellow-colored pus—contact your doctor.
· Once your tattoo has healed completely, you should look after it as well as you do the rest of your skin. Apply high-factor sunscreen if the tattoo is visible to deter fading and moisturize the area daily.
Additional Reading: https://tattoosuite.com/tattoo-aftercare/