Taking Care of Your Fresh Tattoo

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So, you where able to conquer your fear of the needle and finally got yourself a fresh tattoo. Now, don’t think that you can show off your new art to your friends, well, not just yet.

Remember, our skin protect us from any microscopic organisms from invading our body. Any damage to the skin can cause a skin infection. In this case, we intentionally damage the skin to inject the ink to make the tattoo. Initially, a tattoo should be treated as an open wound. So, it is imperative to take care of it and not exposing it to anything.

Knowing all this, how do you take care of a tattoo?

Never fear, your tattoo artist will give you instructions on how to take care of your fresh tat. Some artist may give you an option to wrap it up with a plastic sheet or a bandage. Go for the bandage, since this allows the wound to breathe. Make sure to go straight home and leave the bandage on for 3 to 4 hours.

After the long wait, gently remove the bandage and wash it with a liquid antibacterial soap. If you find your fresh tattoo slimy, this is plasma oozing out. Make sure to wash everything and pat dry using a soft cloth.

Then apply a generous amount of tattoo aftercare lotion. Sometimes plasma oozes out that look like amber colored droplets on your tat. This is our body’s way of covering up a wound. If the plasma is left to dry, this will form a scab, which we don’t want. Again wash this off and re-apply the aftercare lotion.

After a few days, a thin layer of scab will form. Keep applying the lotion to soften the scab. Some would suggest applying warm compress for 2-3 minutes, 2 times a day for the same purpose of softening the scab. With constant care, the scab will fall off in about a week.

And that’s it. Now you can show off your tattoo all you want.