TAKING CARE OF A TATTOO
There are different aftercare recommended by different tattoo artist, Aftercare widely depends on the experience of the artist and the Geographic location of the artist and the client) eg : you will find a lot of tattoo artist in the Uk, USA & Canada recommending to wrap the tattoo with a clean foil and keep that for 3 to 5days, or even clean it every day and wrap it with a new clean wrap every day for around 5 days, well that works for their county because of the cold weather these countries have so the tattoo heals faster when wrapped, on the other hand, if it is done in a country like India or Dubai where the climate is considerably hotter than the other countries, or wrapped for a couple of days can catch heat and maybe start having boils or infection on Tattoo , so the after goes on to leaving the tattoo open for some days and keep applying the ointment recommended by your tattoo artist.
So kindly listen to your tattoo artist whatever they say and don’t combine two tattoos aftercare at any point, you might goof it up.PS. Don’t listen to your Friends who have got tattoos previously, their experience would not be the same as yours. You have paid your tattoo artist to guide you.
This is the tattoo after care recommended by Ace Tattooz and Training Academy in Mumbai India.
1. Use Hot Water And Gentle Cleanser To Wash Your Tattoo.
( We don’t ask them to use hot water, they can use normal tap water and lot of people use hot water and burn their tattoo and create boils of their tattoo, they can use Luke warm water )
During the process of getting tattooed, many foreign bodies are introduced into your skin, including several different types of ink and the petroleum jelly used during the tattoo application. Blood and plasma from your body also mix into the tattoo tools, which essentially fill your pores to the brim. Using hot water creates a larger opening in your pores, allowing for a smooth release of body and ink, which further hastens the healing process. Use a gentle, unscented cleanser to remove bacteria from your skin. Wash your new tattoo one to three times a day for the best results.
2. Use a clean, open palm to cleanse your tattoo.
As you undergo the cleaning process each day, opening your pores and allowing your tattoo to breathe, always use a flat and open palm to cleanse. Avoid rough scrubbing products such as washcloths or loofahs as the course material can irritate your tattoo and disrupt the healing process. Using an open palm to scrub any of the excess clogging your pores as well as applying a mild soap to your fresh tattoo promotes a smooth and gentle healing for your skin. This handy method will also help avoid the biggest trigger word in any conversations concerning tattoo care: scabs.
3. Do not—under any circumstances—pick a scab on your tattoo.
Consider this the golden rule of any tattoo-care tips. This rule is set in stone (or skin, if you will). Unlike a scab on an everyday cut or scratch, a tattoo scab is built primarily of ink, thus picking the scab could lead to lighter spots of colour (commonly called holes) in your tattoo once it is fully healed. Scabbing is, of course, natural to your body healing any kind of topical wound. However, the more you follow the first two tips in this list, the less your body will be prone to scabbing.
4.Cleansing Tattoo Care – The first 3-4 days
Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bacitracin, A&D, an unscented lotion (with no alcohol in the lotion) or H2Ocean Aquatat tattoo ointment – whatever you know you’re not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any excess ointment with a clean paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum, Neosporin, or Bag Balm. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.
Things to Avoid
- Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
- You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.
- You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sunblock.
- Do not wear abrasive materials, jewellery, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
- Do not let anyone touch your tattoo unless they wash their hands.
- Beware of gym equipment; wash it well before using it. – (as the pumping of the body might lead to swelling of the tattoo area and also create pain and you might loos the colour of your tattoo as you push off the colours before they get settlers inside your body)