When we think about getting a tattoo, most do not say that we all want it to be for life and that it is perfect. For this to happen, the key lies in taking good care of it during the first days. The first few days the skin is assimilating the pigmentation of the ink so it becomes sensitive and irritated and even tattoo pelling off can occur. But do not worry that in this article we will guide you how to take care of a new tattoo and a peeling tattoo care.
Next we will try to solve the frequently asked questions about the care of tattoos, so that you leave without worries.
How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
The tattoo healing time depends on the tattoo and the place of the tattoo, since there are areas of the skin more delicate than others. It will also influence the extension of the tattoo, the density of the pigmentation and its depth. That is why is advisable to listen to our professional tattoo artist when he explains how long we should take care of the tattoo. But an estimate of the tattoo healing time is between 12 to 28 days, that is, 2 and 4 weeks.
Consequence of not caring for the tattoo
The care after a tattoo is very important, because a badly tattoo care can have serious health and aesthetic consequences:
- The tattoo causes multiple lacerations to the skin which becomes susceptible to infections that are severe. You should suspect infection when you notice red, swollen skin, some purulent or foul-smelling discharge or if you have a fever.
- The other consequence of poor care is the faded tattoo. If you do not take proper care of the tattooed skin you can crust the skin and these scabs when you get up would take fragments of ink causing your tattoo get pretty ugly.
The care we have to take into account after getting a tattoo are the following:
- Do not remove the bandage that your tattoo artist places on you until at least 12 hours have passed. The ideal is to change them to 24 hours.
- After you remove the bandages you will proceed to wash your tattoo at least every 6 hours. The washing is done with neutral soap. You should not place the tattoo under the water jet; moisten your hands and then the tattooed skin. Neither should you rub with soap, just gently glide the tips of your fingers with soap and give small touches.
- Dry the tattoo well after each wash with a soft cloth. Avoid rubbing the tattooed skin to avoid damage to the pigmentation.
- Apply a special tattoo care cream, otherwise a hypo allergenic hand cream without perfumes.·
- Should I remove the scabs or pellets that come out around the tattoo? The answer is no, they will fall on their own.·
- Perform these steps from 1 month.
- Do not expose the tattoo to the sun because the skin is delicate.·
- If you have itching in the area of the tattoo avoid scratching to avoid causing infection.·
- If you have a tattoo on your leg and hairs come out, do not worry, it will not hurt your tattoo, but you cannot shave because of the risks of infection until the tattoo heals.
Is it normal for a tattoo to peel? It does not always happen, but it’s perfectly normal. The skin is irritated by the ink of the tattoo and therefore it is remodeled and desquamated as it happens with sunburn. This is perfectly normal, and there is nothing to worry about, but special care must be taken. In a next article we will explain more about tattoo peeling.