So you have decided to get a tattoo. Of course you need to pick a good tattoo artist and a design. You can find some artists with designs to choose from or you can come up with your own. This will be permanent of course (unless you choose to have it surgically removed). But while the design may be important, tattoo care is more important.
As a good tattoo artist creates your tattoo, he or she will clean and apply an antiseptic ointment to it to keep it healthy. When they are finished creating your tattoo, he or she will wipe it down, clean it off, and apply another coat of the antiseptic ointment. Once they apply the antiseptic ointment, they will put a piece of cellophane or soft tissue over the tattoo. They know that tattoo care is important and they want to keep it healthy right from the beginning.
When the tattoo is finished, your artist should tell you how to take care of it. Some will even talk to you about it and give you a sheet of detailed information on taking care of the tattoo. If they do not tell you how to take care of it, then do not be afraid to ask them. If for any reason, you have not asked, then here are a few tips on caring for a new tattoo. This will help you to learn what to do and what not to do.
When you first come home from getting your new tattoo, do not immediately take a shower. In fact, you should actually keep it dry for the first few days. You should also be sure to clean it every few hours. Your hands should always be clean before touching or cleaning the tattoo, so this way you can lower the risk of infection.
You can also use A&D ointment for tattoo care, which you can purchase right at your local drug store or pharmacy. This should be used for the first few days to keep your tattoo healthy, clean, and shiny. When the A&D ointment begins to dry, you should wipe it off and apply another coat. Be careful to not rub the tattoo too hard. Rubbing it too hard can damage the healing process. For the first few days, try to avoid using soap on the tattoo.
After about five or six days, you can stop using the A&D ointment. When you do stop using it, you should use an unscented body lotion on it. The reason you want the lotion to be unscented is the scented lotions can cause irritation to the tender skin under the tattoo.
You can stop using the body lotion after a few days. After healing, most tattoos may leave a scab around the area. If this happens to you, then be careful if you are trying to pick at it. Otherwise, you may end up damaging your tattoo design. It is best recommended to just leave the scab alone instead of picking at it. It may itch a bit, so you can put some A&D ointment on it if need be.
If you take care of it, then having a tattoo could be a great thing for you. You can show it off without any problems with the design or skin. Following the tips of tattoo care will keep your tattoo healthy, free of infections, and will give you less to worry about.