Always follow the aftercare instructions given by your tattoo artist!
But here is some simple advice to have a positive healing experience with your new tattoo:
This is essentially an open wound on your skin, once you remove the original bandage, it will need time to breathe and dry out, this is the beginning of the healing process. Keeping it covered can result in extra moisture and lack of oxygen which will slow that healing process.
Keep It Clean! Use lukewarm sterile water at least two to three times a day. Be gentle, make sure your hands are clean and use some antibacterial soap. . . it’s an open wound, avoid anything with a fragrance, this can cause a reaction in some peoples skin when it comes into contact with the ink.
Apply a cream or balm. Speak to your tattoo artist about what they feel is best to use. Keep in mind, your skin needs air to heal, so don’t go overboard!
Don’t get it wet. . . no swimming or baths and try and keep your time in the shower to a minimum (I mean, wash yourself, just be mindful of your new tattoo). You’ll be out of the water for minimum two weeks while your tattoo heals.
When your tattoo is healing, it IS going to itch. DO NOT scratch or pick at your healing tattoo! As previously state, this is an open wound, you do not want to open it up to the world when it isn’t ready, inviting in infection and causing scarring. It’s tempting to pick, we know. . . JUST DON’T DO IT.
Do you want your tattoo to last?. . . they aren’t cheap (and if they are - then your getting them done at the wrong place!), so wear sunscreen! Sunlight can fade your ink and especially fresh tattoos. So keep them covered (with clothes or sunscreen - your choice)!