How to take care of your tattoo?
Tattoo Aftercare –
Tattooing is an increasingly common phenomenon and not only among young people. These bodily modifications require tattoo aftercare and precautions, especially following the creation of the tattoo.
Your consulting pharmacist will take you through the range of tips for taking care of your tattoo.
As you know, a tattoo is a permanent decorative and symbolic design made on the skin. The method of tattooing involves injecting the ink under the skin using needles or sharp objects.
The ink is deposit under the skin between the dermis and the epidermis, and the depth of the bite varies from 1 to 4 mm depending on the skin types or parts of the body.
It is a follow that has existed for years about the world and carried out for different reasons: symbolic, religious or cultural.
Caring for your tattoo
In the days that follow the tattoo realisation, it is perfectly normal to observe an inflammatory reaction (redness and sometimes swelling).
Generally, these symptoms go away within a week. If this is not the container, then consult your doctor or pharmacist or contact your tattooist again.
The final healing obtains in 2 weeks on average, but it all depends on the tattoo location, your general condition and your medical history.
It is also essential to consider your tattoo as a somewhat fragile and long wound to heal and carry out the care very seriously.
The healing rules for your tattoo
– Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo and use a hydro-alcoholic solution to complete the wash, even simply to show it in the first days.
– Do not touch the tattoo outside of the recommended treatments.
– Strictly follow the aftercare advice.
Avoid brutal manipulations such as combat sports, continuous pressure on the tattoo area, or heavy clothing rubbing.
– Prefer loose clothing and, if possible, cotton: wool and synthetic materials such as nylon are to avoid.
– Avoid covering or enclosing the tattoo and leave it in the open air as soon as possible.
Do not use scented soaps, deodorants, alcohol on a new tattoo.
– Do not scratch it; the small dead skin that may appear will fall off on its own.
– STRICTLY FORBIDDEN: baths, swimming pool, sea, sun, UV rays, hammam, sauna.
Day 1 of tattooing
– Remove the bandage 3 hours after the tattoo session.
– Clean without rubbing the tattoo with lukewarm water and mild anti-septic soap.
– Dry without rubbing.
– Then, apply a thin layer of healing cream.
– It is then possible to put a bandage not too tight on it to grade the first night.
The following days and for 10 to 15 days
- Cleanse without rubbing the tattoo with lukewarm water and mild anti-septic soap (possible in the daily shower).
- Dry without rubbing.
- Apply healing cream 2 or 3 times a day in a thin layer.
- Do not put on dressing except in case of exposure to dust or dirty work.
- Especially do not scratch the tattoo; the dead skin will get rid of itself.
- Scarring and sun exposure
We know all the dangers of the sun in summer to protect and preserve your skin; this is even supplementary true in the case of a tattoo or piercing.
If you have a more than eight weeks old tattoo, apply a 50 protection sunscreen every 2 hours if exposed to the sun.
Above all, it protects your skin and maintains the intensity of the colours over time.
Never expose a tattoo to the sun for the first eight weeks after its completion. Only the trying of a covering garment or a bandage can avoid exposure to direct rays.
Be very careful with too thin or wet clothes that let the rays through.
Always respect the tattoo aftercare advice, and do not hesitate to consult your doctor or pharmacist if anything seems abnormal about the appearance of the tattoo.
But also the sun, other factors in summer can disrupt the healing of tattoos, such as seawater, swimming pool or sand. It is therefore suggested not to get a tattoo just before summer.
Also, sun exposure can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, resulting in dark and unsightly and dark spots on the skin, which can disappear for several years.
The tattoo also risks leaking and deforming permanently, and then, in this case, only surgery or make-up at the tattoo artist can restore your tattoo.