Best Way To Take Care Of A New Tattoo


Today, I want to talk to you a little bit about how to take care of your new tattoo. To get a great tattoo, you need a great artist. Choosing a reputable tattoo artist is the first and most important step towards having a tattoo that you will love for the rest of your life. The second step of almost equal importance, if not more, is how to take care of a new tattoo. A poor aftercare can ruin even the best tattoo work. So, you need to take a very good care of your new tattoo for it to heal well and look great afterward. In this article we will discuss the best way to take care of a new tattoo.

Best Way To Take Care Of A New Tattoo

When you leave the tattoo parlor, you are leaving with an open wound. Therefore, it is very important that you take a very good care of your fresh tattoo.

What Tattoo Artist Do

After your tattoo is complete, the artist will apply probably Bacitracin ointment or A & D ointment, depending on the preference of the tattoo artist. But you can also apply an antibacterial ointment to the tattoo. A tattoo artist will put a thick layer on, but when you redo it, you’re not going to use a thick layer. You always want to use a thin layer.

The next thing a tattoo artist will do is to fix a bandage. It is recommended to use a nonstick, sterile bandage. The artist is going to put that on your new tattoo. Now when you leave here, it’s up to you to take care of your new tattoo. To learn about the best way to take care of a new tattoo at home, keep on reading.

What You Should Do

Listen to your tattoo artist

When you leave the tattoo parlor, the life of your tattoo totally dependents upon you. When you leave the tattoo parlor, the artist will explain to you everything that you need to do to take care of your new tattoo. Most of the tattoo artist will also give you a printed copy of aftercare instructions. Taking care of a new tattoo should not be a problem if you listen to your tattoo artist.

Leave the Bandage on for 2-3 hours


It is recommended that you leave the bandage on for at least three hours. When you go home, take the original bandage off after two or three hours and wash the new tattoo very gently. If the gauze seems to be sticking to the tattoo you want to soak it with a little lukewarm water to remove the gauze gently.

Apply a non-scented, water-based anti-bacterial ointment

The first and most important thing is actually to wash your hands thoroughly with an antimicrobial soap. Then you’re going to apply a thin layer of bacitracin ointment, A & D ointment or maybe even the Tattoo Goo. Tattoo Goo is a product that is made just for tattooing so; you can apply the ointment to the tattoo in a thin layer.

Keep the Tattoo Moist

One of the best way to take care of your new tattoo is to keep it moist. You’re going to put a little thin ointment on there again and bandage it up and leave it overnight. When you shower in the morning, you want to wash over it gently again and reapply the ointment. The ointment should be applied about 7 to 10 times a day whatever it takes just to keep the tattoo moist. But again, always use a thin layer; don’t forget it because it is very very important.

Switch over to a Skin Cream

In about three to five days depending on how fast your tattoo is healing, you want to stop using the bacitracin ointment or Tattoo Goo and switch over to a skin cream. Just a basic moisturizing cream like Lubriderm nothing with any fragrances in it. At that point, you don’t need to bandage anymore.

Let Your Skin Breath

You’re going to put the ointment on for like three-four times a day. But your skin also needs to breathe so if you’re putting too much ointment on; your skin is not going to breath. This is called prickly heat. In prickly heat what happens is that it forms a rash around your tattoo. The best way to get rid of it is to stop using the ointment and to use a little rubbing alcohol on the tattoo for a few days just to dry up the wrench. But if it does continue to get worse and you get a fever then you should definitely see a doctor.

Things to Avoid

Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight

Sunlight is very dangerous for new tattoos. Direct sunlight may cause the new tattoo to blister and bleach some of the colors. You will have to keep your new tattoo out of direct sunlight for at least ten days after getting it.

Avoid tight-fitting clothes

One of the best way to take care of a tattoo is to avoid tight-fitting cloths as much as you can. In a situation of tight clothing on your tattoo, you also want to bandage it that way. We recommend that you also bandage your tattoo for the first three nights of having it. This way overnights, it’s not drying up. In the case of tight cloths make sure the  tattoo doesn’t stick to the cloths.

Avoid Sun blocks

You do not want to use sun block during the healing process. You want to keep your tattoo out of the Sun for at least 10 days but do not use sun block on. You have to cover it with the gauze or clothing to keep it out of sunlight. After about 10 days, when the tattoo is fully healed you can use sun blocks to on your tattoos to keep the colors looking best and to keep it looking bright.

Avoid soaking the tattoo

We highly recommend that you shower after getting your tattoo. But for ten days you do not want to soak your tattoo in water. In other words, no hot tubs, no baths and no swimming especially chlorinated or salt water is very bad for a fresh tattoo. It is fine to shower; you just want to wash over you tattoo gently with a little lukewarm water and soap, and you will be fine.

Avoid swelling

Swelling can occur in a new tattoo that is below the knee or on ankles. It can happen if you have been standing for a longer period. To get rid of swelling you can ice your tattoos.

Avoid working out

Tattoos near joints such as knees or elbows can take a lot longer to heal as it will stretch during a workout. Any physical activity will cause the skin to crack which may in return increase the healing time.

Most Common Questions People Ask

Is it normal for a tattoo to get bruised?

It is totally normal for a tattoo to get bruised. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, Everybody heals a little bit differently, and everybody bruises differently. Sometimes a tattoo may have some redness around it that is also normal and fine.

Why is my tattoo getting scabs?

If you let your tattoo dry up, it will form scabs on it. It’s not the worst thing in the world to get a bunch of scabs on your new tattoo. But the most important part is that if you do get scabs on your tattoos is that you do not peel them off.  If you peel the scabs off, it will also peel the color off.

Why is my tattoo feels a little sore?

After your tattoo is complete, it’s going to feel a little sore, kind of like sunburn or maybe a little tender that is all normal and perfectly fine.

Does a tattoo below the knee area take longer to heal?

Let’s talk a little bit about tattoos below the knee area. Any tattoo that is done below the knee seems to take a little bit longer to heal. You may find that your ankle area may swell up a bit that is normal also.

How much time an average tattoo takes to heal?

The Healing time varies from person to person. It depends upon the type of skins. However, a normal tattoo takes about ten days time to heal.

Why my tattoo got a little itchy?

The tattoo will dry up, get a little itchy and it will also peel that’s all part of the healing process. So, don’t worry if your tattoo peels and looks like the color came off on the Bandage that’s all part of the healing.

Now you know the best way to take care of a new tattoo. Not all skins are the same, one ointment might be better for one skin type but not good for another. Again I would advise you to listen to your tattoo artist first. He is the one who will tell you exactly what you should be doing to take care of a fresh tattoo.


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