A tattoo isn’t complete until healed. In fact, the healing process is the most crucial aspect. No wonder, states like Massachusetts and Lousiana have mandated that tattoo artists should provide clear and unambiguous ttattoo aftercare advice. Some of the common dos and don’ts after a tattoo include:
• Do not put antibiotic ointments on a tattoo:
Antibiotic ointments like Neosporin and Bacitracin fight infection and are readily available. They do not harm the ink color as well. But they’re not suitable for tattoos. A huge majority of people have been found to be allergic to the ointment. It causes tiny bumps which when cleared take the ink with them leaving you with a spotted tattoo. Similarly, Bacitracin may cause a small amount of water to leak from the healing area, leaving you with a weeping tattoo.
• Do not apply Vaseline as well:
Vaseline is a petroleum based product that is not easily absorbed by the skin. They clog the pores leaving you susceptible to an infection because your skin cannot breathe. Tattoo artists, however, apply Vaseline while tattooing and because it prevents the wrap from sticking to your skin. Besides, petroleum based products may cause the tattoo ink to fade.
• Do listen to your tattoo artist:
The most common mistake is to heed to a friend, who is less likely to know about ttattoo first aid, than the artist. Besides, they are not obligated for a complimentary touchup if you’ve ignored their instructions.
• Do apply Armor Gel:
Armor Gel contains proprietary silver, TEA and Carbomer and process through a patented technology to produce metallic silver nanoparticles and coated with tetrasilver tetroxide. They protect the skin from minor cuts, rashes, lacerations, and infections. Armor Gel helps to prevent MRSA, Staph, and other bacterial infections.