Getting a new tattoo can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to take proper care of it to ensure it heals properly and looks its best. At San Diego Tattoo, we’re committed to helping our clients get the most out of their new tattoos, which is why we’ve put together this guide on tattoo aftercare. Read on to learn our tips and advice for taking care of your new tattoo.
- Listen To Your Tattoo Artist
First and foremost, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist. They know best how to care for your specific tattoo, as well as the best products to use. At San Diego Tattoo, our artists provide detailed aftercare instructions to each client, and we’re always available to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
- Keep Your Tattoo Clean
During the first few days after getting a new tattoo, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent infection. Use a mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water to gently clean the tattooed area, being careful not to scrub too hard or use a washcloth. Pat the area dry with a clean, soft towel, and avoid rubbing or picking at scabs as they form.
- Apply A Thin Layer Of Moisturizer
After cleaning your tattoo, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to keep the area hydrated and prevent itching. Choose a fragrance-free, gentle lotion or ointment, such as Aquaphor or unscented coconut oil. Apply a small amount, massaging it into the skin until it’s fully absorbed. Be careful not to over-apply, as too much moisturizer can clog pores and prolong healing.
- Avoid Direct Sunlight And Water
While your tattoo is healing, it’s important to avoid direct sunlight and water. Sunlight can cause the tattoo to fade or become discolored, while water can cause infection or slow down the healing process. Avoid swimming, soaking in a hot tub, or taking long showers until your tattoo has fully healed.
- Wear Loose Clothing
To prevent irritation and allow your tattoo to breathe, wear loose clothing that won’t rub against the tattooed area. Avoid tight clothing or anything made of synthetic materials, as these can trap sweat and bacteria against the skin. Choose soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen, and avoid anything that may cause friction against the tattoo.
- Don’t Scratch Or Pick At Your Tattoo
It can be tempting to scratch or pick at a new tattoo as it heals, but this can cause damage to the skin and prolong the healing process. If you’re experiencing itching or discomfort, apply a small amount of moisturizer or use a cold compress to soothe the area. Be patient and resist the urge to scratch or pick at scabs or peeling skin.
- Avoid Excessive Exercise Or Physical Activity
While it’s important to stay active and maintain your normal routine, it’s best to avoid excessive exercise or physical activity while your tattoo is healing. Sweating can cause irritation and slow down the healing process, so take it easy for the first few days after getting your tattoo. Avoid activities that may cause friction or impact against the tattooed area, such as weightlifting or contact sports.
- Attend Follow-Up Appointments
At San Diego Tattoo, we recommend follow-up appointments with our artists to ensure your tattoo is healing properly and to address any concerns or issues. These appointments allow us to monitor your healing progress and provide any necessary touch-ups or adjustments. We’re always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us.