Frequently Asked Questions
How do I look after my tattoo?
Use your hands (no swabs or sponges as they can harbor bacteria) and (with your clean hands) carefully remove all traces of blood.
Do not leave the tattoo directly under the flow of water. Instead, throw water with your hands over the spot.
But if your tattoo is large, it is easier to wash it during bathing.
Let the skin breathe like this every time you wash the tattoo or it gets wet.
Pass a very thin layer, just enough to let the tattoo shine. Make gentle movements for the skin to absorb the medicine. It is important not to get too much ointment in order not to choke the local and to promote the proliferation of bacteria.
Do not use petroleum based products such as Vaseline, for example. They are too heavy and can clog pores, causing rashes on the tattoo.
After passing a specific ointment in the first 5 to 7 days, it can be replaced with a common moisturizer without perfume, dyes or glitter. Avoid too much moisturizing, as too much may harm the tattoo. Keep cleaning durant 2 weeks.
What should I avoid after getting a tattoo?
Avoid scratching or nudging the tattoo. As the skin recovers, it will begin to peel. This is normal. Do not pull the exiting skin, let it fall by itself. This is because you may end up pulling a skin that is not yet ready to fall, which will leave a hole or faded spots on the tattoo.
If your hands are not clean, your tattoo may infect. So always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the tattoo and never let anyone pick it up until the healing process is complete.
Dry and peeling skin can scratch a lot, but resist the temptation not to leave holes in the tattoo. The itching can be relieved by using a little moisturizer or ointment and lightly patting the back of the hand.
Avoid letting the tattoo soak. Until it has healed completely, avoid getting into the pool, sea or bathtub. Pool, sea, and bath water may contain dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and other impurities that can cause an infection.
It is okay to go back to doing your activities in still water after the tattoo heals, but for the time being use only running and potable water in it.
Take bath or shower baths that are brief.
Do not expose the tattoo to the sun. The skin already weakened by the tattoo may have blisters and fade. Keep the site protected for at least 2 to 4 weeks, until the initial healing process is complete.
After that, you will need to use a 30 factor sunscreen on the tattoo. This way you prevent it from fading.
Avoid wearing tight clothing at the tattoo site, especially at the beginning. As the tattoo heals, the skin of the site will expel plasma and excess paint, which can cause the tissue to stick to the skin. To detach the tissue, it will be sore and you may end up tearing off pieces of skin peeling that were not yet ready to fall.
If the clothing sticks to your tattoo, do not pull. First, soak the cloth with water so it can be pulled gently.When sleeping, avoid lying on the tattoo. When sleeping, avoid lying on the tattoo. You can leave a towel on the sheet in case a little paint finishes leaking overnight.
Leave the workout aside for a while. Tattoos that cover larger areas of skin or that stay on the elbows and knees may take longer to heal if the skin of the place is forced to move during intense activities. This can cause cracks and irritations in the area, delaying healing. So, avoid working out for at least the first few days after the tattoo is done.
If you do some form of self-defense, tell your classmates not to get it right in place of the tattoo.
If your work involves physical activity, get the tattoo on Friday so your skin can rest for the weekend.
How long will my tattoo take to heal?
The initial healing process can take up to two weeks. In this period, it is normal for the tattoo to start peeling like a sunburn. It may come off a peeling colored skin, but that is completely normal.
Once the skin has peeled off, the tattoo will look a bit drawn and as if it were covered with varnish. Also may appear whitish pieces. Resist the temptation to pull them, as they will end up falling alone after two weeks.
If care is taken, the tattoo will be completely healed and the skin of the site will be fully recovered within 4 to 6 weeks.