General Tattoo Care & Reactions
1) Remove bandage after 1-2 hours.
2) Wash thoroughly and gently with soap and hot water, pat dry.
3) Do not re-bandage, leave uncovered.
4) Use a small amount of non-greasy unscented lotion to relieve dryness.
(Use just enough to moisturize the tattoo, but don't drown it, if its glossy and wet then that is too much).
[note: Perfumed lotions & soaps can be irritating to a fresh tattoo, so be sure to use something that is additive free, like Dial, Dove, Lubriderm, Curel, Tat Wax or A&D Ointment in minute amounts]
5) Repeat steps 2-4 at least three times a day. If tattoo feels hot and itchy, don't scratch it, a gentle washing should relieve the discomfort.
KEEP YOUR FINGERS OFF OF IT UNLESS YOU'RE WASHING IT!
As the tattoo heals, it will shed a few layers of dead skin and scabbing. These layers can make the tattoo look a little cloudy or shiny at first, and they may be colored (from the pigment in your tattoo). Don't worry- that will clear up after the healing process is complete.
Fresh tattoos are vulnerable to injury and infection until completely healed. Avoid scratching, sunburns, chemicals, and other minor injuries.
DO NOT-Expose to direct sunlight.
DO NOT-Pick or scratch the tattoo.
DO NOT-Expose to dirt or unsanitary conditions.
DO NOT-Wear tight clothing that rubs against the tattoo.
DO NOT-Attempt to heal your new tattoo with Vaseline.
DO NOT-Enter swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, oceans, or steam baths.
Aside from picking and/or scratching, swimming, saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, etc. are the biggest danger to a fresh tattoo. Along with the bleaching effects of chlorine and salt water, warm wet environments are havens for harmful bacteria.
Remember! How good the tattoo looks depends greatly on how well it heals, and that is dependent on how well you take care of it!
Itchy, Raised Tattoos:
Many times, especially during the warmer months of the year, the question comes up about raised and itchy tattoos. Sufferers of this condition usually describe it as being occasional rather than consistent, although it can be either. Pinpointing the reason for this discomfort is difficult, as there can be several different causes. This article will explore some of the most common causes and also discuss how it can be treated and alleviated.
Allergic reactions to the tattoo ink used is usually the first thing that comes to the mind of the sufferer, but is probably the least likely to be the case. However, allergic reactions to ink can and do happen sometimes – especially with red and yellow, or colors that contain red or yellow. Allergic reactions to tattoo dye are rare. The various colors in a tattoo are made from different materials. For example, the red color comes from mercury, the green from chromium, the yellow from cadmium, and the blue from cobalt. Allergic reactions to red dyes occur more frequently than allergic reactions to other colors. Red Reaction is a term that applies to the body attempting to reject the red pigment and usually has only the red areas affected by being irritated, bumpy and itchy. An allergic reaction does not necessarily happen immediately – it can appear a week after receiving a tattoo or years down the road.
Changes in the body can cause adverse reactions to things that once were totally benign. An ink allergy will be itchy and raised only in spots of the particular color and is more likely to be a constant irritation rather than one that comes and goes. Topical ointments made for allergic reactions may help to relieve mild irritation, while a prescription drug or even tattoo removal may be required for more serious cases.
The weather is the most likely culprit when it comes to occasional but consistent irritation. Some people notice it only happens in the summertime. When temperatures and humidity rise, it can also cause your tattoo to swell slightly. This swelling causes a slight stretching of the skin, which also results in an itchy condition. A well-healed tattoo isn’t likely to be damaged by scratching, but it’s still best to try to avoid it. Topical anti-itch creams, ice or cool water can help to alleviate this discomfort temporarily until the weather becomes more skin-friendly again.
Changes inside your body can affect you on the outside, too. A rise in blood pressure, increased adrenaline, a change in body temperature – all of these things can affect your tattoo. If you notice your tattoo is itchy and uncomfortable, think about what you’ve been doing recently and you might find a connection. Usually stopping this activity for a period of time will cause the tattoo to feel better on its own.