Tattoo Aftercare Tips

After getting a tattoo, you should avoid:

  • Touching it with unclean hands.
  • Exposing it to direct sunlight or UV rays.
  • Soaking it in water for extended periods.
  • Picking or scratching at scabs.
  • Applying alcohol or petroleum products to the tattoo.
  • Wearing tight clothing that rubs against the tattoo.
  • Engaging in activities that increase perspiration on the tattoo.
  • Always follow your tattoo artist's aftercare instructions for optimal healing and to preserve the appearance of your tattoo.
Tips to shorten tattoo healing time:
  • Cover the tattoo with clothing to protect it from sunlight
  • Don't re-bandage the tattoo after removing the initial dressing, let it breathe
  • Clean the tattoo daily with lukewarm and sterile water, using fragrance-free soap
  • Apply aftercare ointment or moisturizer as recommended by the artist
  • Don't scratch or pick at the scab
  • Avoid using scented products near the tattoo
  • Don't soak or submerge the tattoo in water for 2 weeks
  • Watch for signs of improper healing such as fever, prolonged redness, oozing fluid, swelling, itching, hives, or scarring

The healing process can take 2 to 3 weeks for the outer layer of skin to appear healed and up to 6 months for complete healing. Proper aftercare is crucial to reduce the risk of infection or other complications.