Getting a tattoo is a thing of pride as it becomes a part of your personality. If you want to get the best results, you should select the image to be inked with great thought. You must also pay attention to the aftercare tips to prevent any infection. Below discussed are the first-day caring tips for your tattoo.
Keep it covered for at least 2-3 hours
After getting the tattoo inked, the tattoo artist will carefully clean the surface and ensure safety using an antibacterial ointment. He will then properly cover it with a plastic or bandage. You should not remove the bandage just after you come out from the parlor. The bandage is very useful to prevent bacteria and dirt, so you should keep it as it is for at least 3 hours or more. It will prevent bleeding or bacterial infection.
Wash your hands first before removing the bandage
Washing the hands helps to prevent the risk of infection when removing the bandage by hands. You must use warm water to remove the bandage carefully. It helps to remove it easily without sticking to the skin. Pull off the bandage carefully and slowly.
Wash the tattoo using antibacterial soap and warm water
Instead of soaking your hand in the water, you should scoop warm water over your hand. To remove plasma, traces of blood, or leaked ink, use only a mild, antimicrobial or unscented liquid antibacterial soap with your fingers. This soap prevents scabbing on the tattoo. Don’t use a loofah, sponge, or washcloth for tattoo cleaning because it can lead to bacterial infection. Keep in mind not to put your tattoo directly under running water from the tap as it may be harsh on the skin.
Leave the tattoo to dry automatically or use a clean paper towel to pat
It is the best idea to leave your tattoo to dry automatically, or you can use a clean and dry paper towel to pat on the tattoo. But do not rub the tattoo with a towel because it can cause a skin-irritating problem. If you use your regular towels it can lead to irritation. Thus, a paper towel is the best for drying.
Use a non-scented antibacterial cream
When you confirm that the tattoo is dry, apply a moisturizing ointment. Always remember to apply a thin layer and then pat it so that the skin can easily absorb the cream within a few minutes. When buying a cream, you must ensure that it does not have petroleum-based products including Neosporin or Vaseline because they are too heavy and also can clog the pores. To know the best creams, you can visit the site. Don’t rewrap a cleaned and moisturized tattoo.
Regularly wash and moisturize the tattoo to remove scabs completely
You should wash your tattoo at least 2-3 times per day with warm water and antibacterial soap until it is healed properly. You can do this between 2 and 6 weeks. However, moisturizing is essential but you should not use too much ointment or lotion on the tattoo. Always wash only with an unscented mild soap.
Don’t pick or scratch your tattoo
As your tattoo heals, the skin will get smooth. Leave the scabs as it is to dry out. Don’t try to remove it by scratching or picking at the scabs. Dry, peeling, or scabbing the skin can increase the itching problem. You should apply moisturizing ointment to get relief from itchiness.