Tattoos are delicate items to handle and requires an aftercare so that they look as good as new and don’t loose their shine and color. Tattoo artists, and people with tattoos, vary widely in their methods of caring for new tattoos. Some artists’ advice people with newly inked tattoos to get it wrapped for the first twenty-four hours, while others suggest removing temporary bandaging after two hours or less.
Many tattooists advise not to get in contact with hot tub or pool water, or soaking in a tub for the first two weeks as it might damage the tattoo charm by preventing the tattoo ink from being washed away or fading due to over-hydration and to avoid infection from exposure to bacteria and chlorine present in water. On the other side, other artists advice that a new tattoo be bathed in very hot water early and often.
General advice for care suggests against removing the scab that forms on a new tattoo, and avoiding exposing one’s tattoo to the heat and light of the sun for extended periods; both of these can contribute to fading of the tattoo image and making it look blur. To add, it is also agreed that a new tattoo needs to be always kept clean. Experts may suggest various products for application to the skin, ranging from those intended for the treatment of cuts, burns and scrapes, to cocoa butter, salves, lanolin and A& which is just to protect your skin and tattoo. Oil based ointments are almost always advised to be used in very thin layers due to their inability to evaporate and therefore over-hydrate the already perforated skin.
Now days, companies have been developing specific commercial products for tattoo aftercare. Although opinions about these products vary from person to person, there is near total agreement that either alone or in addition to some other product, soap and warm water work well to keep a tattoo clean and free from infection. Ultimately, the amount of ink that remains in the skin throughout the healing process determines, in large part, how robust the final tattoo will look. If a tattoo becomes infected if now taken care properly (uncommon but possible if one neglects to properly clean their tattoo) or if the scab falls off too soon (e.g., if it absorbs too much water and sloughs off early or is picked or scraped off), then the ink will not be properly fixed in the skin and the final image will be negatively affected, giving a look which is not very much appreciated as its different from what is expected.