Tattoo aftercare - Detailed instruction


So, you covered a long way. After having found out what tattoos are and why you need it, you spent some time studying features of different styles, developing the plot of the future picture and creating the final sketch. After the idea of the tattoo was completely ready for implementation, you found a professional tattoo artist who understood the idea and was able to perform even the most difficult work qualitatively.

A person, who inks his first tattoo, inevitably faces a number of important questions:

  • Is it painful to ink a tattoo?
  • How harmful is this and what consequences for health can tattoos have?
  • How should you take care of tattoos, and can you speed up the healing process?

If you read the previous articles that revealed answers to two important questions, it’s time to talk about taking care of tattoos. As you already know from the previous article, in the process of inking a pattern with a needle, skin undergoes mechanical action, resulting in the formation of a burn. You shouldn’t cherish illusions concerning harmlessness of this process, because the area of the body, on which tattoos are inked, is really damaged. But you shouldn’t get upset about it, because skin heals fairly quickly and there won’t be any adverse health consequences. In this regard, the process of healing tattoos as a whole is not much different from treating a burn.


The tattoo artist who will perform the work will almost certainly carry out a number of necessary actions for treating fresh tattoos and will give you detailed instructions on what to do in the first days. For those, who want to know everything in advance, we prepared a checklist of what can be done to heal a fresh tattoo quickly.



Almost all modern tattoo artists use special anesthetics while working. They are usually based on lidocaine. In one of the previous articles, we discussed that both painfulness and skin irritation degree depend on:

  • individual characteristics of the organism;
  • areas being tattooed.

Nevertheless, the use of anesthetics moisturizes skin and reduces the degree of burn directly while inking. In addition, the use of gels and sprays slightly reduces pain.


The tattoo artist treats the tattooed area with gel, applies a compress and wraps it in clingfilm right after the end of inking process. This is done primarily to prevent unwanted particles from getting on skin surface, which can cause inflammation and infection. In addition, the film protects the tattoo from rubbing and contact with clothes, which also irritates skin.

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Important! It is recommended not to remove the film within 24 hours after inking the tattoo.


After you remove the film and compress, you can see that ink is a little smeared on skin. Don’t worry, this is normal. The skin should be slowly and gently wiped with a tissue moistened with ointment from burns. The most popular means, which are advised in tattoo parlors, are Panthenol and Bepanthen+. They can be bought at any pharmacy. This procedure should be repeated the next few days once a day until complete healing.



A crust can appear on skin within the first days of healing. It will constantly itch. Despite the huge temptation to rip it off, you shouldn’t do it. Such an entertainment can cause occurrence of scars and swordcuts, so it’s better to tolerate it. Instead, you should keep wiping the crust with a napkin with ointment, warm water or antibacterial soap.


After the skin recovered completely and started looking normally, stopped itching, no special care for the tattoo is required. The only recommendation can be associated with the use of a more powerful suntan preparation. Being extensively exposed to direct sunlight can affect the saturation of color of the tattoo, as the ink gradually fades. Of course, in this case, a couple of years later you can just finish the tattoo, refreshing colors. Otherwise, you can use a good ointment on the beach. It is recommended to use preparations with ultraviolet protection level of at least 45 units.


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  1. Don’t drink alcohol and take drugs before and after visiting the tattoo artist. On the whole, you should never do it.
  2. Avoid physical activity within the first 3-5 days. Try not to sweat and spend this time at home.
  3. Wear good quality cotton clothes after removing the film. Avoid synthetics, wiry fabrics, rubbing the skin.
  4. Take care of food at least for some time after inking the tattoo. Try not to eat too fatty foods. Eat more vegetables and fruit. Vitamins, especially vitamin E, contribute to body recovery and skin healing.
  5. No baths, saunas, sun parlors within the first 10 days after inking tattoos.
  6. If you feel ill, caught cold, notice signs of illness, you should postpone and reschedule the visit to tattoo studio. When we are sick, our immunity is weakened and all the recovery processes slows down. In this case, you and your tattoo will heal much more slowly and painfully.

Follow these simple tips and everything will be awesome!

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