Quality tattoo artists worldwide have helped contribute to these simple directions for ideal tattoo healing. However, EVERYONE heals differently, and every tattoo is unique, please consult your own tattoo artist for any special instructions related to the aftercare of your specific tattoo.
Now that your tattoo session is over, here are my personal care instructions for properly taking care of your fresh tattoo. After years of tattooing and being tattooed, I feel that these instructions will help you get the best and fastest results. A tattoo is a glorified brush burn, and if that brush burn doesn’t get oxygen, it cannot heal. Putting globs of ointment on your tattoo will only prolong and possibly hinder the healing process. The biggest key to caring for your new tattoo is LESS IS MORE.
In taking care of a tattoo, I feel the Don’ts are more important than the Do’s, that is why i have them listed first on this page. There are are only of few do’s that you will need to know hence, LESS IS MORE.
Tattoo Healing Do Nots
- Do Not re-bandage the tattoo. (remember if it cannot breath it cannot heal)
- Do Not apply Vaseline, A&D Ointment, Neosporin, Bacitracin or any petroleum based products. (lanolin is the devil with wounds of this nature, lanolin is in all petroleum products and is a BIG NO NO for tattoos!)
- Do Not apply alcohol, sunblock, hydrogen peroxide or anything else besides what is recommended (should be a no brainer)
- Do Not rub, scratch or pick at the tattoo. (if you try to you will damage the tattoo, possibly lose pigment or cause a rough heal. A good smack will do the trick)
- Do Not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds, swim or soak in sauna, steam bath or bathtub for two weeks. (this is a big one, under no circumstance should you do any of these. all of these could have dramatic consequences!)
- Do Not touch you fresh tattoo without washing your hands first. (dirty hands are gross, this should be common sense)
- Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft. (well anything dirty is bad and if clothes rub the tattoo it will cause it to heal rougher in that area so do your best)
Ok, so know that we know what Not to do, let talk about what you will need to do.
You will need 3 things to take care of your new ink.
- A non-scented antibacterial hand soap
- Burt’s Bee Hand Salve
- A vitamin E hand lotion
The Do’s of Proper Tattoo Healing
- Leave the bandage on for at least 2 hours but no more 12 hours
- Once bandage is removed wash hands, then wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and your unscented anti-bacterial hand soap.
- Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
- Let the tattoo breath until it starts to peel/scab (should take roughly 3-5 days)
- Only now should you start to use your Burt’s Bee Hand Salve
- Apply a Thin layer of the Burt’s Bee hand Salve 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days
- Lastly Apply the vitamin E hand lotion as needed forever.
Remember Tattoo After Care is extremely important and the sole responsibility of the client.
Be sure to read all ingredients before use.
Joe Baker is not responsible for any infections or reactions that may occur during the healing process.