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How to take care of your new tattoo

Getting a new tattoo is an exciting experience, but it's important to remember that it's also a wound. That means it's important to take care of your tattoo properly to ensure that it heals properly and looks its best. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to take care of your new tattoo:


Immediately after getting your tattoo

Your tattoo artist will cover your new tattoo with a bandage. This bandage should be left in place for at least 24 hours, but no longer than 48 hours. After 24-48 hours, you can remove the bandage and gently wash the tattoo with warm water and unscented soap. Be sure to pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel.


Cleaning and moisturizing your tattoo

Once you have removed the bandage, you will need to clean and moisturize your tattoo twice a day. To clean your tattoo, use warm water and unscented soap. Gently wash the tattoo and then pat it dry with a clean paper towel.

To moisturize your tattoo, use a fragrance-free lotion or ointment. A thin layer of moisturizer is all you need. Avoid using petroleum jelly, as it can clog the pores and prevent the tattoo from healing properly.


Other tips for taking care of your new tattoo

  • Avoid soaking your tattoo in water for at least two weeks. This includes baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, and the ocean.

  • Avoid scratching your tattoo, even if it's itchy. Scratching can damage the tattoo and lead to infection.

  • Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight for at least two weeks. This can cause the tattoo to fade.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing over your tattoo to avoid irritation.

  • If you have any concerns about your tattoo, be sure to contact your tattoo artist.

What to look for in a healing tattoo

A healing tattoo will typically be red and tender for a few days. It is also normal for the tattoo to ooze a small amount of plasma. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, please contact your tattoo artist or a doctor immediately:

  • Fever

  • Redness, swelling, or heat around the tattoo

  • Pus or drainage from the tattoo

  • Blisters or scabs on the tattoo

  • Allergic reaction (itching, hives, swelling)

After your tattoo has healed

Once your tattoo has healed, you can start enjoying it for years to come! However, it's important to continue to take care of your tattoo to help it maintain its appearance. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.

  • Wear sunscreen on your tattoo when you go outside.

  • Use a moisturizer with SPF on your tattoo to help protect it from the sun.

  • Avoid soaking your tattoo in water for extended periods of time.

  • If you have any concerns about your tattoo, be sure to contact your tattoo artist.


Taking care of your new tattoo is important to ensure that it heals properly and looks its best. By following the tips above, you can help your tattoo look its best for years to come.

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