Do you need aftercare instructions for a tattoo?
The states that do require aftercare instructions often let the artist decide which information to provide. Keep reading for a day-by-day guide to help you care for your tattoo, tips on which products to use, and more. Aftercare starts as soon as your tattoo is done.
What should I do when I Come Home from a tattoo?
You’ll come home from the tattoo studio with a bandage or plastic wrap over your tattoo. After a few hours, you can remove it. You should ask your artist for specifics about how long to wait. Recommendations will vary and may be based on the type and size of your tattoo.
What should my Tattoo look like after it heals?
In this last stage of healing, most of the big flakes will be gone and the scabs should be going away. You might still see some dead skin, but it should eventually clear up too. The tattooed area might still look dry and dull. Keep moisturizing until the skin looks hydrated again.
What’s the best thing to use to clean a tattoo?
Always use a mild, fragrance-free soap or a specially formulated tattoo cleanser to clean the area. Your tattoo artist can recommend a tattoo-specific cleanser. For the first day or two, use a petroleum-based ointment like A&D or Aquaphor to help the tattoo heal.
What should I do if I have a problem with my Tattoo?
Be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and pat dry. Apply a layer of antibacterial ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage.
What’s the best way to clean a new tattoo?
Do not use a washcloth, loofah or any sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbor bacteria. Do not resume use of the items until the tattoo has healed completely. Avoid holding the tattoo directly under the water—the stream of water from the faucet may be too harsh on your new tattoo.
How to get rid of a tattoo infection at home?
Apply a layer of antibacterial ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage. Gently wash your tattoo area several times a day with soap and water and gently pat dry. Keep applying a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it to keep it moist. You should repeat this process for 2 to 4 weeks.