So, you need to know about tattoo after care because you are ready to get a new tattoo!
may be your first time, or it may be your tenth time, but in every
case, you should review your tattoo after care instructions prior to
getting your new tattoo. You might wonder about the logic about looking
at the instructions before getting your new tattoo, but it is like
baking a cake, you just don't want to make any mistakes with these
instructions because new tattoos are open wounds and susceptible to
You must be attentive to your new tattoo, and keep it
as clean as possible to ensure that it heals as cleanly as possible so
you prevent infection and end up with the nicest looking tattoo
While the healing stages of a tattoo will be as unique
to each individual as there are people in this world, the tattoo healing
process does follow a general pattern. The specifics of each tattoo's
healing process will depend on the different skin type of the
individual, the location of the tattoo on the body, an the techniques of
the tattoo artist. These factors can all cause a variance in the
healing process from individual to individual.
You will be given
aftercare instructions by your tattoo artist. These aftercare
instructions differ from artist to artist. My recommendation to you is
if in doubt about anything, always go back to your tattoo artist before
seeking the help of a doctor. Your tattoo artist can take a look at
your tattoo and tell what to do if their is a problem to correct any
If your tattoo artist cannot help, they should
send you for medical attention from a doctor. If they do not, then of
course, you must go yourself to make certain that your health is not at
risk. This is your responsibility.
Many times doctors don't know
much about tattoos and will prescribe unnecessary medications that may
harm your tattoo's healing process. Some doctors may even be biased
against tattoos. That is why I suggest that you go to the tattoo artist
first if you suspect their is a healing problem with your new tattoo.
The artist works with tattoos day in and day out and is familiar with
the best way to heal their work.
When you leave the tattoo studio,
you will have a bandage on your new tattoo to protect it from outside
contact. This bandage should be removed 2- 3 hours after getting your
tattoo. Your tattoo may bleed a little for the first 24 hours,
remember, your new tattoo is akin to an open wound.
remove your bandage, make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm
water, in between the fingers, and under the fingernails. Then dry your
hands with a clean paper towel. Do not use any old towel that is
laying there, or even a clean towel as lint may be transferred to your
Make sure you have not let a large amount of blood dry on
your bandage so that it sticks. Be very, very gentle as you remove your
bandage so as not to start the tattoo bleeding again. If you just rip
off your bandage, you can mess up the appearance of your new tattoo, and
you don't want to do that, now do you?
Wash your tattoo gently,
very gently with anti-bacterial soap and water to clean it. Do not
scrub your tattoo, do not use a washcloth, or anything else other than
your fingers or hand to clean the tattoo. Do not rub, but "pat" the
tattoo as you wash it. Then, when you are finished, pat the tattoo dry
with a clean dry paper towel. Or, use clean toilet paper even, if you
don't have any paper towels on hand.
Let your tattoo air dry for 15 minutes or so. This will promote healing.
your tattoo has dried, apply a few drops of Emu Oil to your tattoo.
The presence of essential fatty acids along with the hyper-oxygenation
of Emu Oil naturally increases the circulation to the applied area which
is why Emu Oil works so well and so quickly to heal.
it is an oil, it has been proved that Emu Oil does not clog pores
(unlike most commercially made tattoo aftercare products that are
petroleum based), therefore allowing the skin to breathe during the
healing process. Emu Oil penetrates through all seven layers of the
skin and is rich in nutrients (essential fatty acids) that feed the skin
to aid in new cell development that can hasten the healing process.
Emu Oil is also a natural emollient keeping the skin moist and pliable.
application of the Emu Oil immediately after the tattoo has been
cleaned will also relieve the discomfort and reduce the inflammation and
redness of the new tattoo. Emu Oil will help set the new colors due to
its deep penetrating properties and will help reduce plasma oozing.
Emu Oil 2-3 times a day after repeating the cleaning process while the
tattoo heals will keep the area moist reducing or eliminating the
flaking or scabbing that often occurs as new tattoos heal. Emu Oil can
prevent the need for touch ups which saves the artist time and money,
and makes for a happy tattoo customer.
New tattoos will look red
and swollen immediately following the tattoo procedure. The tattoo will
continue to appear this way for a few days throughout the tattoo
healing process. Within a week to ten days the skin surrounding the
tattoo should be more back to normal - most tattoos are completely
healed in three weeks time.
While it is healing it is important not to do the following things or you may damage your tattoo:
- Do Not scratch your new tattoo
- Do Not pick at your new tattoo
- Do Not expose your tattoo to sunlight or tanning beds under any circumstances
- No swimming, hot tubs or baths the first two weeks after getting your new tattoo
- Do Not shave the tattooed area for at least 30 days following the tattoo procedure
- Only touch your tattoo with clean hands, do not let others touch your tattoo
only is Emu Oil good for healing new tattoos, it is good for restoring
older, aged, sun damaged tattoos as well. This is due to the natural
hyper-oxygenation of Emu Oil which brings blood and oxygen to the
surface of the skin. This, coupled with Emu Oil's ability to moisturize
through all seven layers of the skin, allows users to see quick results
when the oil is applied to older tattoos.