Tattoo Aftercare – The Basics Of Tattoo Aftercare

tattoo aftercareThis is the time of the tattoo era, because a lot of people are getting a tattoo. Some are not even happy with just one tattoo, and get several inks all over their bodies. Some literally fill up their skin with tattoos. But of course to have bright, brilliant beautiful tattoos it is very important that you learn how to take care of your tattoo, in other word you must learn or have an idea about tattoo aftercare.

It is wrong to go to a tattoo parlor and get a tattoo because some parlors won’t even give you any tattoo aftercare instructions because they assume that you know how to do it. And if you ask for instructions on how to take care of your tattoo, consider yourself to be lucky to have a piece of paper for the detail tattoo instructions because some parlors will only give it to you verbal instructions and once you get out of the parlor, you’d go “how many times do have to apply the aftercare cream?”

So it is best to do some research before going to a tattoo parlor, especially if it’s your first time. Below are some need to know tattoo aftercare tips.

First of all you will need to buy some stuff before going to the parlor because you don’t want to go buying something on public places with patch somewhere on your body. This will make your tattoo prone to infection. You need to buy a tattoo aftercare cream or lotion like afterinked. Next some antibacterial soap, preferably liquid, and some cotton towels or lint free paper towels.

Now after the tattoo session, ask the artist to wrap it up with a cotton bandage. Some will offer clear plastic wrap, but a cotton bandage is better because it absorbs all of the excess ink and body fluids, it also allows the wound to breathe, allowing the fresh tattoo to heal faster.

After that go straight home and remove bandage after 2 hours. If the bandage sticks to the tattoo, moisten it up with water until you can easily pull it off.

Next, wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap, get all the excess ink off and try to wash off that slippery clear yellowish stuff called plasma. Pat dry after washing, never rub.

Then apply a thin layer of your favorite tattoo aftercare lotion. Do not re-bandage. From time to time, you will notice that your tattoo oozing, that’s the plasma doing its job in covering up the wound. This is normal for regular wounds because when plasma dries up it will turn into a scab, but in tattoo aftercare we do not want this, so wash up as often to remove any plasma from drying up. You will be busy washing your fresh tattoo for a few hours because of this oozing, but once the oozing stops that’s the time when to relax.

And that’s it wait for a couple of day and your tattoo will form a thin scab, this is fine but do not pick it and do not scratch it. After two weeks your tattoo will be ready for display.