Post Reply *****CARE THREAD FOR NEW TATTOOS*****
Posted 2/23/09 , edited 2/23/09
Ok there are things that you need to do for the proper care and healing of your new tattoo .

1. As soon as you get home remove bandage, wipe off the ointment and oozing body fluid with a tissue.

DO NOT WASH

Water content of the Tattooed area is a major factor in the speed of healing.
KEEP DRY !

2. Apply a thin layer of A&D ointment, Bacitracin, or Neosporin.

THE BETTER YOU CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO IMMEDIATELY AFTER GETTING IT

THE BETTER IT WILL TURN OUT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE !


You can use your CLEAN finger tips to apply the ointment.

DO NOT BANDAGE. This can cause sticking and it might rip off the healing scab witch WILL affect the look of the healed tat. If you have to wear clothes on the new tat (hips,tits,etc) They make this stuff called SECOND skin (which is usually with the burn items in the store) and it is like a gel bandage that doesnot stick to the tat but I would only suggest using it if you absolutely have to because you have to change then often or they dry out and stick!

When oozing stops, apply a thin layer of ointment 4 times a day.

*No skin to skin contact with people or pets.
* No scratching.
* No picking.
* No peeling.
* No swimming.
* No sauna.
* No Jacuzzi.
* No tub.
* No sun.
* No tanning salon.
* No contact sports.
* No shaving.

Be very careful at work, keep clean.

If you work in a Hospital or other medical or clinical setting ( nursing home, doctors, dental office, labs ) be very careful not to come into contact with anything in the building with your new Tattoo. Bandage with a sterile NON-STICK bandage while at work to protect from any such accidental contact. Use surgical type hand scrub at home after work before caring for Tattoo.

You must keep the Tattoo dry during showers.
Coat with Vaseline ONLY during showers so as not to allow Tattoo to get soaking wet. Wipe off after shower then reapply with a thin layer of your medicated ointment


After 2 days stop using the A&D ointment and SWITCH TO A MOISTURIZING SKIN CREAM OR LOTION ( a dry skin or hand lotion ).

BUY LUBRIDERM IF AVAILABLE.

The type of skin lotion you purchase is not as important as the act of actually getting ointment and using it. Buy a brand name lotion preferably without a lot of fragrances or odd ingredients, purchase a quality name brand, such as: Vaseline intensive care dry skin lotion, Jergens, Nivia, Lubriderm.

Use moisturizing lotion for 3 to 5 times a day for another 4 or 5 days.

Keep very lightly moist, DO NOT ALLOW TATTOO TO DRY OUT.
It is true that Petroleum jelly or any petroleum based products tend to drain the color from a Tattoo.
Please do not be stingy with the purchase of Tattoo aftercare products. You probably will spend a lot of money for a nice Tattoo, so the amount spent on care products is negligible.

Your New Tattoo is a wound that MUST BE PROPERLY CARED FOR !

A reaction can appear as small pimples or a redness around the Tattoo area.

Some people may have an adverse reaction to the particular pigment used in the Tattoo ink this may result in swelling or itching. This can usually be relieved by using a topical corticosteroid cream and keeping the Tattoo out of direct sunlight (which may make the reaction worse).

If you have a medical condition, are aware of allergic reations or are on any medications, please notify your Tattooist.

If you experience any problems with the aftercare instructions or products recommended here, discontinue use immediately.
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Posted 2/24/09 , edited 2/24/09


Awesome.. these would be my instructions as well... On my own, I like bacitracin in a very thin layer. Ive always been very careful with my new tats! My husband once went jet skiing after I gave him a nice armband, and the water blasted out some ink when he fell etc. NOT a good thing to do! OH and btw, awesome advice about hospital/medical people. Staph is everywhere! (and other nasty things!) Also if you work out in a gym, keep it covered..cause EW!
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