How to properly care for a tattoo

Most people who made a tattoo for the first time did not dare to take such a serious step for a long time. And now a freshly beaten tattoo flaunts on your body, I want to see what happened as soon as possible. But do not rush! From your actions for the first time days after application depends on its further beauty.

Let the tattoo remain under a layer of gauze or bandage with which the master covered the tattoo. The place of drawing should remain sterile, gauze or bandage also contribute to rapid healing. Protection in the form of a polyethylene film maintains sterility, but slows down the natural healing processes. It is recommended to remove the plastic wrap as soon as you get home.

It is very important, when caring for a new tattoo, to protect it from external factors while the skin heals. Make sure you don’t rub anything on your skin! If the tattoo site is in contact with clothing (the tattoo in the lumbar region is in contact with the belt of jeans or trousers, on the wrist with the cuffs of jackets), then you should choose looser clothes (for example, a loose-fitting dress and a jacket with three-quarter sleeves).


Do not take risks, the risk of infection is already great. Be sure to WASH YOUR HANDS before removing the bandage, and always before touching your tattoo. Wash your tattoo carefully. For this:

  • Warm soapy water should be used.
  • You can’t use a towel!
  • Use a small basin or bath, do not substitute the tattoo under a stream of water from a tap.
  • Moisture should be removed with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • DO NOT TREAT! Gently blot the tattoo area.
  • Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment. The ointment will protect the tattoo from infection and moisturize the skin, you can apply the ointment several times. The color of the tattoo depends on how moisturized the skin was for the first days of application. The less peeling, the brighter the color!
  • Do not use peroxide or alcohol, as they dry the skin very much.

Thus, we should wash the tattoo several times a day for a week.

You should temporarily give up the shower, swimming in the pool and hot baths. Tap water contains a lot of bacteria that can lead to infection, and chlorine used for disinfection can only discolor the applied design.

Avoid sun exposure to the tattoo, it may fade. Moreover, you should not sunbathe on the beach, or in the solarium. In extreme cases, the tattoo should be covered with something. Remember, the appearance of a tattoo for many years depends on the care at first!


It is quite normal that discharge appears on the surface of the tattoo for the first time. Applying a tattoo, i.e. repeated punctures of the skin and the introduction of paint under it, severely damage the skin. After that, the healing process begins, part of which is the release of blood and other fluids on the surface of the skin.

It is also possible for ink to come out of the tattoo, which is also normal. To avoid getting stains on your favorite beacons or blouses, you should not wear them at first. When the skin recovers and the discharge stops, you can safely wear your favorite things.

Moisturizing and peeling

The use of antibacterial ointments can be stopped after 3-4 days. At this time, it is recommended to use lotions, but be careful, the lotion should not contain absorbers and dyes. It is better to consult with your master, but do not forget to check the composition, you may have an individual intolerance to certain ingredients. To date, there are many tattoo care products, but be careful to check the composition and consult with a specialist.

The lotion should be applied to the skin of the tattoo, after washing, to maintain softness and elasticity. The most hydrated skin will be less flaky, which is very important for maintaining color. Also remember to wash your hands before touching the tattoo!

If the tattoo has begun to itch, lotion should be applied to reduce itching. The main thing is NOT to scratch!

Risk of infection

Previously, tattooing was accompanied by a high risk of infection. Now tattoos are made in specialized salons, where all precautions are taken. First of all, the skin is processed so that it is sterile clean before application. It is important that a new needle is used for tattooing, and not a “disinfected” one. As a rule, professionals care about their reputation and follow these rules.

The most dangerous period during which the risk of infection is very high is the first time after tattooing. To reduce the risks will help compliance with the recommendations above. But still, the main signs of infection:

  • Inflammation of the tattoo site.
  • Redness of the skin.
  • Swelling of the tattoo area.
  • Pain when touching the tattoo.

A little soreness is considered normal, but if it does not decrease, but on the contrary, increases, CONSULT A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. Infection is very dangerous, you should not take such a serious matter lightly.


The above are recommendations for caring for a tattoo at home, as already mentioned, the future appearance and health of a person who decides to get a tattoo depends on caring for the skin of a tattoo at first.


  • HANDS WASHING is necessary before any touching of the tattoo, in order to prevent infection.
  • Do not be afraid of natural secretions from the tattoo area.
  • You need to wash the tattoo several times a day!
  • Apply lotion! The skin must be hydrated to avoid flaking!
  • Forget about the pool, the beach, the solarium for at least a couple of weeks!

Follow the recommendations of your tattoo artist, if you turned to a professional, then he has enough experience and will be able to give good advice. It is necessary to follow the rules of hygiene, first of all, your health, and of course the beauty of the tattoo, depends on it. The tattoo requires a little effort from you at first, but then it will only bring joy.

Surely you spent more than one day choosing a specific drawing, or creating a sketch. Now the treasured image flaunts on your body. Proper care will keep it in its place for a long time.

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