Contratulations to your new tattoo, now the healing begins!
A new tattoo is an open wound and should be well taken care of. It is now up to YOU to make sure to clean and take care of the tattoo in order to get the best result. There are many good ways to heal a tattoo, this is one example but verify with your artist what their preferred method is.
Surface healing time is about 2-3 weeks. Full healing throughout the lower layers of your skin can take up to 3 months.
Buy any of the commercial brands of tattoo cream.
Remove the cling film after 2-4 hours or when you get home. With larger tattoos it is possible to remove the cling film, clean the tattoo and replace with new cling film to keep on overnight.
With clean hands clean off your tattoo using lukewarm water, then dab gently with a paper towel until dry and then apply a thin layer of your tattoo aftercare cream 2-4 times per day.
Avoiding the following will improve the healing process and the resulting quality of your tattoo
- Share tattoo cream with others
- Use of soap
- Use of too much tattoo cream
- Scratch or peel the scabs (they will fall of naturally)
- Sunbathe or tan
- Use a pool, bathtub, or swim in the sea
- Take long showers, bathe or use the steam room or sauna
- Sweating (gym etc)
- Fur and furry animal (foreign materials will bring infection)
- Use furry or dirty clothes (try to change the clothing on your tattoo daily)
- Use tight clothing (it’s important to let the tattoo breathe)
It’s perfectly normal to get spots, scabs, redness, this is your body reacting to the tattoo.
When your tattoo is healed, it is important to always protect it from the sun!