The recovery process is very slow for many people after getting tattoos, especially large tattoos. During the recovery process, it will be very uncomfortable in the aspects of your body. What makes it worse is that some of the first tattoo people, have no experience and know little about the caution, which may result in the treatment being very poor and slow. So that’s very important to know the essential measures after the tattoo, let’s talk about how to take care of yourself after tattooing?
Take off the protective film
Generally, tattoo artists will apply a protective film on the tattoo skin after the tattoo so that the cells do not dry out too quickly after the oozing of tissue fluid. But remember that it is best to remove the film within 3 to 4 hours. Otherwise, the skin is wrapped in plastic wrap for too long will lead to tattoos “wound” because of the lack of air and ulceration. This leads to more serious consequences.
Wash the tattoo with warm water
Some people think that you shouldn’t wash and dry your tattoo. But the truth is that the tattoo must be washed, and in the scab before washing diligently. Because the skin will be broken after the oozing of blood and cellular tissue fluid, if not cleaned, the tissue fluid seeping out of the air will be stacked layer by layer, thus forming a thick scab, and the thick scab off will affect the effect of the tattoo pattern. Therefore, if you want to maintain the best possible pattern, tattoo cleaning is a necessary procedure after the tattoo.
After thorough hand-washing, a person can gently wash the tattoo with hypoallergenic soap and warm water using their fingers.
Dry and apply the repair cream.
Cleaning with warm water, the palm of your hand can be used to gently wipe the tattoo site to remove the oozing blood and tissue fluid. And then gently dry it with a clean paper towel. Then wipe on a layer of repair cream, and then wrap again. Wash once and apply repair cream every three to four hours. Wrap the tattooing in a plastic wrap before going to bed. And continue to wash, wipe, adhere to three days to five days until the tattooed skin recover. (Time may be different due to the ability of each person)
Wear loose clothing during healing
Try not to sandpaper your new piece off with fabric the minute you get it. There’s nothing more abrasive than rough denim on a fresh one- so during the healing process, we recommend comfy, loose fitting clothing that allows your tattoo to breathe. Here are some of the main risks of wearing tight-fitting clothes after getting a new tattoo;
The fabric will constantly rub against the tattoo – not only will this create an issue of a tattoo being constantly exposed to contaminants and bacteria, but it will also be constantly ‘reopened’ since it acts as an open wound during the first few days.
The clothes might get stuck to the tattoo – now, this can create a lot of issues for your tattoo. When the fabric gets stuck to a fresh tattoo, there is a possibility the design will get messed up. Also, there is a high chance the tattoo is exposed to contaminants and bacteria, increasing the chance of an infection.
The clothes might introduce bacteria to the tattoo – tight-fitting clothes increase the chance of introducing contaminants and bacteria to a new tattoo. As a result, the tattoo can start swelling, rashing, blistering, burning, hurting increasingly, or even develop a full-blown infection.
The clothes might inhibit clotting and scabbing of the tattoo – in order to dry out and close, the tattoo needs to stop bleeding and oozing.
The tattoo bleeding and oozing will destroy your clothes – this may not be as dramatic as the previous risks, but we do have to mention that blood, plasma, and ink from the tattoo will stain your clothes, for good.
Pay attention to diet and exercise
Do not exercise strenuously, do not let the pet touch the tattoo area. You can shower for a short time, after that the skin must be kept dry quickly. Do not be anxious, if you encounter any other problems, please consult your tattoo artist. Do not use your hands to scratch off the skin during recovery process.
Stay out of the sun
You will feel your fresh tattoo burning if it’s exposed to sunlight. Listen to your body, if your tattoo feels hot and irritated, stay out of direct sunlight. If you must be out in the sun, keep that baby covered – or grab some gentle sunblock.