Tattoos 101: the ultimate care guide and removal tips

Tattoo Care Guide

Getting a tattoo sure is cool, but it also requires a lot of care. Especially in the early stages if you’re not cautious then you’re in for big trouble. For all you know, the skin area where your tattoo was forged can become infected, swell, and develop rashes. Not only that but there could be serious consequences.

Here are a few suggestions to assist you to care for your tattoo and helping it heal faster: 

HYGIENE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT- Right from ensuring that the tattoo artist works in a clean and sanitary environment to assuring that no germs come into contact with your tattoo after it has been completed can be a big task. Consider cleanliness an ultimatum that will benefit you, your skin, and your tattoo in the long run. Be cautious!

MAKE SURE THE TATTOO IS COVERED- You must ensure that your tattoo artist applies a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage to your new tattoo immediately after it is completed. No matter how eager you are to show off your tattoo, you must not fiddle with or remove your bandage before 24 hours have passed.

Also, keep cleaning the area with soap and water and keep applying antibacterial ointment or Vaseline to moisten the skin and retain it from any infection. Repeat the process for at least a week or two to allow the skin to heal and remain infection-free at all times.

SCRATCHING IS A NO GAME- During the healing process, you may feel tempted to scratch your tattoo, or it may develop scabs or hard layers. You should be aware that this is completely normal for your skin, but it is critical that you do not pick at it or scratch yourself as you may cause a wound, which can be a potential area for germs to germinate.

SWIMMING/ CLOTHES- You should avoid swimming until your tattoo has completely healed because the chemicals in pool water can cause severe rashes and burns to your skin, exacerbating the situation.

You should also wear loose clothing until your tattoo heals because tight clothing can absorb sweat and cause infection on your tattooed skin. So make sure you wear baggy clothes to avoid any future discomfort.

With that being said, if you are planning on removing your tattoo in the near future then here are a few tips that should help you ease into the process:

COME PREPARED- Make sure you’ve eaten something and are adequately hydrated, as an empty stomach or dehydration will most likely result in light-headedness or vertigo. Depending on your body system, the process may cause severe discomfort and may work up your calories. So, make sure you don’t run out of them 😉

PROFESSIONAL TATTOOS ARE EASIER TO REMOVE- Professional tattoos are those that are evenly inked and thus easier to remove because they are not from amateurs or scratchers, who are much more difficult to treat. So make sure you get your tattoo done by an experienced artist in the first place so that if you need laser treatment for removal in the future, you don’t get into any trouble.

ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR OR SURGEON- Make sure you ask your doctor or surgeon about the medications to take and creams to apply as soon as possible after your treatment. It is critical that you do not try to be your own doctor and instead seek help because one minor error can completely deplete your health.

DO NOT USE THINGS THAT MAY HARM- Avoid scented lotions, perfumes, and other products that contain chemicals that can harm your skin. You should be aware that after laser tattoo removal treatments, your skin becomes vulnerable for some time and becomes extremely sensitive. Chemically infused products can harm your skin in a variety of ways and thus may not be the ideal choice.

So, I hope this care guide and removal tips are useful to you. In any situation, you surely will rock the tattoo you own. Friendly advice: get a tattoo that means something to you.

on Fri Jan 21 2022

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