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How to Care for Your New Tattoo

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Avoid wearing tight clothing the first couple of weeks. Your skin needs to breathe. After all, you just irritated the heck out of it.

Wearing tight clothes can also lead to scabbing, and furthermore ink loss, from the clothing rubbing against the tattoo. Unfortunately, you’ll have to also stay away from bodies of water and intense exercise. You don’t know what kind of microorganisms are in the ocean!

You also don’t want to expose your tattoo to the sun, so as to avoid fading the ink. As for hitting up the gym, excessive sweating can damage the tattoo during the healing process.1

8) When the tattoo starts to develop a hard layer or scab, don't worry. This is all normal. DO. NOT. SCRATCH. Scratching risks damaging or even removing color.1

9) Continue these steps until the tattoo is healed.1

10) Your tattoo is healed? Great! But don’t think taking care of it is over. Just like you are bound to your body, you’ve got your tattoo for life! So that means continuing to make sure it stays clean and pretty. Forever.

Your tattoo will get a little lighter when it heals because skin is growing back over the ink. Don’t fret. You can still keep the coloring nice and solid.

Whenever you go outside, wear sunscreen. If you want a special kind for tattoos, you can find those here. You’ll also want to keep your tattoo hydrated, so be sure to moisturize it. This will also slow fading.1

If you abide by these steps, your tattoo should heal nicely. Nevertheless, everyone has different skin, so everyone reacts differently. When you’re getting your tattoo and being bandaged up, don’t freak out if there is some blood. This is normal.

Your tattoo is basically an open wound.

Read more in HER Beauty

1) 9 Essential Tips for Tattoo Aftercare. Inked. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
http://www.inkedmag.com/9-tips-tattoo-aftercare

2) How to Care for a Tattoo. Ink Done Right. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
http://www.inkdoneright.com/how-to-care-for-a-tattoo

3) Behind the Ink: Common tattoo beliefs debunked. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
http://www.middletownpress.com/article/MI/20100819/NEWS/308199958 

4) Is Tattoo scabbing Normal? What NOT to Do When Your Tattoo Scabs. Authority Tattoo. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
https://authoritytattoo.com/tattoo-scabbing

5) The Very Best Tattoo Sunscreen Products. Ink Done Right. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
http://www.inkdoneright.com/tattoo-sunscreen

6) Tattoo Infection. MDDK. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
http://mddk.com/tattoo-infection.html 

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Another option for tattoo aftercare is pure emu oil. https://emujoy.com/pages/tattoo-aftercare-with-emu-oil Many tattoo artists swear by it, and it absorbs into the skin better than ointments.

November 29, 2016 - 5:54pm
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I have always wanted a tattoo. I might finally get one now that I have this detailed guide. Very informative article!
Helena

November 28, 2016 - 3:49pm
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