Tattoos are great works of art. They reflect your personality, character and experiences. Contrary to what most people think, getting a tattoo is not an easy task. Not only does the tattoo needle cause pain, but caring for your tattoo during the first few days can be difficult.

Many infections can occur around the tattooed area during the first few days after getting it. However, most people will just experience a bit of irritation and swelling. Rarely do people experience bleeding or other serious problems.

This is why you should learn how to care for a new tattoo. Your tattoo artist will begin this process of care by placing a thin layer of medicinal ointment over your new tattoo. The tattoo artist will then proceed to protect it by covering it. The rest is up to you. You will have to take special care of your tattoo as it heals for the next two to six weeks.

4 Steps to Care for Your New Tattoo

1. Keep it clean

Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of caring for a new tattoo. This reduces the chances of getting an infection. You can keep it clean by wash it delicately with anti bacterial soap and some warm water. You can also use a solution of water, sea salt and anti bacterial soap.

You should squirt this solution on the tattoo several times during the day. It will keep the tattoo clean and free from any bacteria or other harmful microorganisms. Sea salt hastens the healing process while anti bacterial soap keeps infections at bay.

Remember, you should always use a soft towel to dab off any water or liquid on the tattoo. You should avoid any sort of scrubbing on or around the tattooed area. Moreover, you should not soak the new tattoo in a bath or spray it directly with water from the shower. Doing any of this might lengthen the tattoo’s healing period or increase its chances of getting an infection.

2. Apply Ointments and Moisturizers

Skin ointments and moisturizers will keep your skin healthy as it undergoes various changes during the healing process. You should ask your tattoo artist to recommend the best ointments and moisturizers for your skin. Moisturizers will keep your skin from drying out and peeling off. You should moisturize the tattooed area about three to four times daily.

Remember, do not use any alcohol based moisturizers and ointments. They will cause your skin to dry up and possibly bleed. You should also not use your ointment excessively or use it when your skin is scabbing since this may destroy the tattoo.

3. Regularly Air Out Your Tattoo and Change its Wrappings

Changing your tattoo wrapping at least one or twice a day will reduce the chances of your tattoo getting an infection. Exposing it to air during this time also allows it to heal quickly. However, it is important for you to remember that playing about with your tattooed area at this time is not advisable.

4. Leave You Tattoo Alone

Do not try to scratch the tattoo if you feel an itch. This might increase your chances of infection or destroy the appearance of the tattoo.  If you have an itch try lightly smacking it.

Taking care of your tattoo is a simple process. If done correctly, you will not have to suffer the consequences of an infection or the disappointment of a destroyed tattoo. All you have to do is to be careful and follow the necessary guidelines outlined in this article.