Tattoos are becoming more and more acceptable to have, even in some professional environments, so many people are looking to get their first tattoo. Not many people realise the extent of care that tattoos require, however, after you go under the needle. This article will cover the essential details you need to know about keeping your skin and tattoo art safe.
Let it Breathe
The most important piece of information for you to know about your new tattoo is that a new tattoo is an open wound. Your skin has been punctured over and over again to insert ink and it will need to repair itself the same way that any other wound would, by scabbing over and creating new skin to replace the dead cells.
Your skin needs oxygen in order to undergo its normal scabbing and healing processes, so unless your tattoo artist gave you a wrap with different instructions, you will need to let your tattoo have some fresh air to help it heal naturally.
Keep It Moisturized
After a fresh tattoo, your skin will get very dry as your body tries to heal. This lack of moisture will also make the area around your tattoo feel very itchy. Make sure you don’t itch your tattoo, as it could remove parts of the scab and pull out ink, ruining your design.
To alleviate this itchiness, make sure you regularly apply a simple, fragrance-free lotion, such as Lubriderm. You should additionally make sure that you are staying hydrated and healthy while your tattoo is healing to aid in the healing process. Drink lots of water and get as much rest as you can.
Listen To Your Tattoo Artist
Ultimately, be sure that you are following the aftercare instructions given to you by your tattoo artist. They have the most in-depth experiential knowledge about how to keep their designs safe and what reactions people have had after a tattoo session with them. Make sure you contact them directly if you have any questions about your tattoo care or medical concerns about the skin at or surrounding your tattoo.