How to Take Care of Your New Tattoo

Once you’ve gotten a permanent , the hardest part is over– but your work isn’t done. Pay careful attention to these instructions for the proper aftercare for your new and you’ll help protect the newly acquired ’s color and shape. Take care of your new the same way you would care for any other skin wound.


Step 1
Keep the bandage on the tattoo for at least two hours after the work is complete (or longer, depending on the tattoo artist’s instructions).

Step 2
Remove the bandage very carefully and throw it away. This allows your skin to breathe and begin the healing process. Do not rebandage the tattoo.

Step 3
Put a drop of mild antibiotic soap on your hand and lightly wash the tattoo. Gently pat it dry with a washcloth (not a paper towel) taking care not to rub it.

Step 4
Dab an over-the-counter water- or petroleum-based ointment on the cleaned area. Do not use an ointment that contains zinc as it may cause an adverse reaction.

Step 5
Continue to lightly apply antibiotic ointment to your tattooed skin for the first few days, then switch to a plain skin lotion that is free of dye, perfume, lanolin, Vitamin E, aloe or alcohol.

Step 6
Expose your healing skin to air as much as possible but avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

Step 7
Avoid getting a lot of water on your new tattoo – showers are OK, but no swimming or baths for a few weeks.

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