care instructions for individuals with a new tattoo

Taking care of your tattoo properly

Congratulations on getting a new tattoo! Taking care of your tattoo properly is essential for ensuring that it heals correctly and maintains its vibrant appearance. Here are some care instructions to follow after getting a new tattoo:

  1. Keep the tattoo wrapped for the first few hours. Your tattoo artist will probably wrap your tattoo in plastic wrap or a bandage. Leave it on for a few hours to protect the tattoo and keep it clean.

  2. Wash the tattoo gently. After a few hours, remove the wrap and wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and a mild, unscented soap. Use your hands to gently wash the tattoo, avoiding any scrubbing or rubbing.

  3. Pat the tattoo dry. After washing the tattoo, gently pat it dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing the tattoo, as this can cause the scabs to come off prematurely.

  4. Apply a thin layer of ointment. After the tattoo is dry, apply a thin layer of a fragrance-free, water-based ointment, such as Aquaphor or Eucerin. This will help keep the tattoo moisturized and prevent the skin from drying out.

  5. Keep the tattoo clean and moisturized. Continue to wash the tattoo with soap and water and apply ointment for the next week or so, until the tattoo has fully healed. Avoid swimming, soaking the tattoo, or exposing it to the sun during this time.

It's important to follow these care instructions to ensure that your tattoo heals properly and maintains its vibrant appearance. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to your tattoo artist for guidance.

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