Tattoo Aftercare: Everything You Need to Know About Taking Care of Your New Tattoo


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Whether you have just gotten your first tattoo or your hundredth, it’s important to know how to execute proper tattoo aftercare. If you don’t, not only will your tattoo not look its best, but you can fall ill as well.

Dealing with Your Tattoo Bandage

As frustrating and itchy as your bandage is, you have to leave it on. There’s a reason your artist covered it. Air born bacteria can easily get into your tattoo, which you should treat like a wound. Leave it on for at least three hours.

If you can’t wait to show it off, ask your artist to use clear cellophane wrap.

As soon as you take off your bandage, wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and antibacterial soap. No washcloths, as they are rough and can cause damage. Your hand is actually the best tool to clean with.

Once your tattoo is nice and clean, pat dry with a clean towel until it’s completely dry. Do not rub. Once dry, put on a small amount of Vitamin A and D enriched balm like the ManukaRx HHH Tattoo Care Balm, it’s been especially formulated, strong on vitamins and antibacterial oils to protect your treasure.

Fair warning, it may sting for the first few times you do this. Use this ointment twice a day for two or three days.

The Tattoo Healing Process

As mentioned before, a tattoo can be considered a wound, and wounds need to heal. Some bruising and swelling are normal. Though if you think things are getting extreme, call your artist or go to the doctor.

There will also be peeling and scabbing. A little bit of scabbing is common, too much means you got a poorly done tattoo. Like all scabs, you will start to itch. As hard as it will be, don’t scratch or pick at your scabs. Oddly enough, slapping the itchy skin will help get rid of the itch.

If your tattoo is peeling, keep using ManukaRx HHH Tattoo Care Balm, it will help to retain the moisture and keep protecting and enriching you tattoo.

Other Tattoo Aftercare Steps

A key tattoo aftercare step is to protect your tattoo from the sun. You already know that too much time in the sun without sunscreen is bad for you, but did you know that sunlight can cause your tattoo to fade? Use a sunscreen with at least 30SPF.

If you have any of these symptoms or concerns, talk to your doctor as soon as you can. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Your tattoo is very red and swollen
  • It seems more painful than it should be when it’s first done
  • Any fluid or pus is coming from your tattoo
  • If you think there is any chance your tattoo is infected
  • If you don’t feel that great overall after your tattoo is done

Doing all of these tattoo care steps and using HHH Tattoo Care Balm every day for three weeks after will keep your tattoo looking fresh forever!

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