Many of you do not know, but for several years I dedicated myself to tattooing.During the years of my career, I entered a professional studio as atattoo artist apprentice and learned a lot about this trade - which I am also very passionate about.
Unfortunately, I did not follow my path in this field, but I learned many secrets, from how to build a tattoo machine, to what is the best care for tattoo sunscreen.
Today I am going to share my tips on the best care for tattoos that I know, the same ones that I apply every time I tattoo.
You have made your first tattoo -or the second or third-, and at the end of your session with the tattoo artist he will tell you what the basic care is, but for some strange reason at that moment everything is very clear to you and you have no doubt about How should you take care of your tattoo, until you get home and start to have many doubts about: Can I eat meat? Can i drink alcohol how do I take care of my tattoo?
Let's start with the simplest. When finishing work, your tattoo artist will let your new tattoo drain a little yellowish liquid, it is normal, do not panic. This fluid is serous - serum - and it is a component of the blood that is present when you have a wound. The goal of this liquid is to heal your body as quickly as possible. You have to keep in mind that, during the tattooing process, the first layer of the skin is torn, so in itself, your new tattoo is a wound and your body will try to heal it.
Finishing draining -for about 5 to 10 minutes-, your tattoo artist will clean your tattoo and place a plastic bandage on it, which can be of 2 types:
A thin plastic attached to your body with adhesive tape: This plastic should be left until the day after your tattoo is
A transparent medical patch: This patch is similar to a sticker. It is used by doctors to cover scars from surgery or healing. When you get this plastic patch you should leave it for 3 days, do not try to remove it before or you may damage your tattoo Once you remove it, you will see that your tattoo
has a kind of transparent slime with a bit of pigment -black or colored-, it is NORMAL, do not be scared, it is part of the healing process of your body, clean it with a neutral soap. NEVER scrub it, the only thing you will do is damage the skin, delay the healing process and lose parts of the pigment of your tattooFrom the moment you remove the plastic covering your tattoo
, you should keep it constantly moisturized. During the first 3 days I recommend that you use Bepanthen ointment, applying it 3 to 4 times a day, this ointment will help you speed up the healing process.
After 1 or 2 days of freshly done your tattoo , you will see that it begins a peeling process, similar to when you tan and your skin begins to peel off, only this time it will have a little color. This process occurs when the skin begins to regenerate and cover your new tattoo.
During this time you have to be very careful about your new layer of skin. It will itch very much, but do not scratch as you can hurt the new layer of skin, do not tear off the skin that is shedding as you can hurt your tattoos and cause holes in the ink.
As I mentioned above, you should use an ointment that takes care of your tattoo during the first 3 days, after this time you can use a body moisturizing cream again, preferably a neutral one that does not contain perfume or alcohol as it can irritate new skin. I recommend using Avenel Aerate, which is a dermatological body cream for sensitive skin without harsh chemicals.
This peeling process can last from 3 to 7 days.
If you go outside and expose your tattoo to the sun, you should use a sunscreen. New skin is especially sensitive and can burn very easily; this can cause the colors of your tattoo to fade. I recommend Avenel 50+ sunscreen spray, which is also a dermatological inkeeze products for sensitive skin.
Neutral soap: You will use it to wash your tattoo
during the first weeks after it is done. I recommend using Dove Baby, as it does not contain added perfumes or chemicals.
Moisturizing ointment: You will apply it 3 times a day during the first 4 days after you have just done your tattoo
This ointment will help keep your tattoo
to the sun or the elements, you have to protect it very well from the sun. If it hits it directly, it is 100% likely that it will burn the new layer of skin on your tattooand it will end up dulling its colors. This you have to do not only when you are healing your tattoo.
but whenever you go out and your tattoo isexposed to the sun for a long time. I recommend Avenel Sun Blocker Spray.
Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, gentian violet or methylate: Apart from the fact that it will hurt you a lot to apply these products, the only thing you will get is to hurt and irritate your tattoo.
4. - NORMAL aspects:
Colored oozing: During the first days of your tattoo.
you will see that it oozes a kind of colored drool. It is normal; it is part of the healing process. Clean the area with warm water and mild soap. NEVER carve the area.
Flaking: It is similar to when you get sunburned and burned skin begins to peel off, only in this case you will see that this peeling skin has a bit of color and is very itchy. It is 100% normal, it is part of the skin's regeneration process. NEVER scratch or tear loose skin, otherwise you may hurt your tattoo
Bleeding: A tattoo
should NEVER bleed, neither freshly done nor during the healing process. If your tattoo.
bleeds during its completion it is because your tattoo artist.
is hurting the skin, that is why it is very important to look for a professional studio certified by COFEPRIS.
Sores: The presence of sores represents that your tattoo
was poorly done. The skin does not have to break during tattoo.
but these should not last more than 5 days. If more days go by and they are still very dark or grow in size, you should visit the dermatologist immediately.