The period after getting your skin tattooed is critical. You have to take care of it so you won’t get a skin infection. Most experienced tattoo artists can advise you what you need to do. So can your dermatologist.
A few states license tattooists. 30 states license tattoo artists and require instructions on aftercare. Only 7 states require tattoo artists to provide their clients with aftercare instructions from the public health department. A few states have no regulations at all on tattoos. Dermatologists believe that to prevent infections and serious implications, everyone who gets a tattoo should also get instructions on how to care for it.
Take these steps while your new tattoo heals:
1. Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor over your new tattoo or use NOC Spray (during procedure) that has been working amazing for our clients then cover it with a bandage. Your tattoo artist should do this.
2. After 3days remove the bandage. Wash the tattoo gently with an antimicrobial soap and water. Pat dry And apply thin layer of ointment.
3. Gently wash your tattoo area with soap and water once a day and pat dry before applying ointment.
4.Continue to apply ointment after cleaning the tattoo to keep it moist.
5. Repeat this process for 1week. Avoid wearing clothes that can stick to your tattoo.
Also, avoid swimming and the sun for about two weeks. Take cool showers instead of scalding hot water, which will not just hurt but can also fade the ink. Apply physical blocker sunscreen with a minimum of 7% oxide during the daylight hours. You can likewise cover it up with clothing or a bandage.
6.It is normal for your tattoo to scab or develop hard layers. Never scratch, pick or peel it. Doing so could get an infection or remove the color.
To keep the colors in your tattoo bright, always put sunscreen on it especially in the summer. SPF 45 or higher is best. Moisturize the area of your body where the tattoo is on to prevent it from fading.
Keeping your tattoo in maintenance mode by practicing long-term aftercare can keep it bright and shiny for many, many years.