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Tattoo Aftercare

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

How to take care of your tattoo? What should I avoid after a fresh tattoo? How to care your new tattoo?

Proper Aftercare for Tattoos: What You Should and Shouldn't Do.

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Note that Tattoos are no different than any regular scratch or bruise on your body. So you need to ensure that you take proper care of your tattoo for better results and healing. Any tattoo takes roughly 15 to 22 days to heal and it may vary from individual to individual.

I am not trying to scare you however, A tattoo is a minor surgery and it requires proper aftercare. If a tattoo is not taken care it may lead to infection and the tattoo would get damaged.

Let us Discuss what not to do first.

  1. Protect from Dust: Shield your new tattoo from dust and environmental contaminants to prevent potential infections and preserve its integrity. Dust particles can introduce harmful bacteria, risking infection and jeopardizing the quality of your tattoo. Taking precautions to keep it clean and covered during the healing process is essential.

  2. Avoid Itching and Peeling: As your tattoo heals, scabbing is a natural part of the process. It's imperative to resist the urge to scratch or peel the scabs prematurely. Scratching can introduce bacteria, leading to infections, and peeling can damage the emerging tattoo. Instead, let the scabs naturally fall off as part of the healing process to ensure the best results and minimize discomfort.

  3. Avoid exhausting Activities and Heavy Lifting: During the initial healing period of your tattoo, it's crucial to refrain from engaging in exhausting activities or lifting heavy weights, particularly if the tattoo is on a muscle-intensive area. Excessive movement and strain can put undue stress on the healing skin, potentially causing damage, ink migration, or delayed healing. It's advisable to give your body the rest it needs to ensure a smooth healing process and the best possible outcome for your tattoo.

  4. Avoid Hot Water: During the healing phase of your tattoo, stay clear of hot water, whether in the shower or while washing the tattooed area. Hot water can open up your pores and increase the risk of infection or damage to the healing tattoo. Stick to lukewarm or cool water for cleaning to ensure the best care for your new ink.

  5. Keep Pets Away: To protect your healing tattoo, ensure that your pets do not lick, scratch, or make contact with the tattooed area. Their fur or saliva can introduce bacteria and potentially lead to infections or irritation. Maintain a safe distance between your tattoo and your furry friends until it's fully healed.

  6. Skip Soap: During the initial healing period, refrain from using soap directly on your tattoo. Soap can be harsh and may disrupt the healing process. Instead, use lukewarm water to clean the area gently and follow any specific aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist

How to take care of the tattoo? What should be done to get a well-healed tattoo?

Initial Three Days (Days 1-3):

  • Apply Silver-ex ointment to your fresh tattoo at least three times daily. Increase frequency if the ointment changes color due to dust exposure.

  • Before each application, gently clean the existing ointment by dabbing it with a tissue dipped in warm water.

Days 4-22:

  • Use a designated tattoo-healing ointment, wood-pressed coconut oil, or olive oil to keep your tattoo moisturized. You have the option to purchase an ointment available at our studio.

  • Avoid using sunscreen or any lotion during this healing phase.

Post 22 Days:

  • After 22 days, you can apply SPF 50 or above sunscreen to protect your tattoo from UV B rays and maintain its vibrancy.

  • Note that light colors on Indian skin tones tend to fade sooner, so choose your color wisely when getting inked.

Following these guidelines will help ensure the best care and longevity for your tattoo.

Tattoo Aftercare is very important to get a well-healed tattoo. If getting inked is 50% of the work done the remaining 50% is your aftercare.

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