Some lotions can help to nourish tattoos and increase healing speeds – but some can do the exact opposite. See which ones you should & shouldn’t use here.
Scroll down to take a look at our huge library of tattoo aftercare articles, detailing every possible piece of information you will ever need to know about looking after a new tattoo, including: important aftercare essentials, tattoo wrapping, cleaning a tattoo, peeling & scabbing, tattoo aftercare products, protecting your tattoo, tattoo healing issues and looking after your tattoo in the long term. We’ll also help to answer the most common questions at this stage of the process.
An extremely in-depth tattoo aftercare guide explaining what to do, what not to do for the important first few weeks after getting your new tattoo.
There are a few things you should do to ensure healthy healing of your tattoo, but there are also just as many things you should NOT do. Take a look here.
Although certain lotions can help a tattoo to heal quicker; applying lotion too often can actually cause problems. We show you exactly how much to use here.
The tattoo healing process contains a few different stages, all being extremely important. We’ll walk you through the whole healing process, day-by-day.
The length of time it takes the average tattoo to heal can be massively cut down by following a few of our great tattoo healing tips and tricks.
While some artists argue that you shouldn’t wrap a tattoo before bed, others actually recommend it. We’ll do our best to give you the most valuable advice.
Are you wondering what a second skin is and how it heals tattoos? Here are the answers to all those burning questions you have about this innovative idea.
Wrapping a new tattoo is an important part of the healing process. This article explains what you should do and not do when it comes to removing your wrap.
When you leave the shop with new ink, you’ll have a bandage covering the area. Learn what tattoo bandages are made of and how they can cause problems.
Cleaning A Tattoo
One of the most critical parts of your tattoo aftercare journey is the correct use of soap to clean the area. Just as important is knowing when to stop.
Cleaning a new tattoo is extremely important. Not cleaning a tattoo correctly can lead to serious issues. We show you how to clean your new tattoo perfectly
Is the thought of cleaning an infected tattoo causing you to worry? With these simple steps, you’ll find caring for your infected tattoo becomes a breeze.
You walk out of the tattoo shop with fresh ink, and now the responsibility of this art is yours. Start correctly by learning how often to wash your tattoo.
Normal everyday soaps can easily destroy a new tattoo. We’ll show you the best soaps on the market for your new tattoo. Don’t take the risk of ruined ink.
Once you leave the studio, the care of a tattoo is in your hands. How well you care for and keep a new tattoo clean will determine how well it heals.
Peeling & Scabbing
Are you wondering how long your new tattoo is going to keep peeling for? Brush up on your tattoo knowledge with this article and put your mind at ease.
Will a tattoo fade or lose color when it peels? This is one of the most common questions we receive. Find out the answers, and more, right here.
Just got a new tattoo and seeing some peeling? Don’t panic; it’s totally natural. Keep reading to find out why tattoos peel, why it’s completely normal.
All tattoos peel during the healing process, but why this happens is commonly misunderstood. We’ll reveal why all tattoos go through the peeling stage here.
Scabbing begins only a few days after your tattooed skin begins to regenerate new healing tissue. It can last for two weeks and requires special treatment.
Seeing your new tattoo beginning to peel can be extremely concerning, but you shouldn’t worry. We’ll explains why tattoos peel, and what to do about it.
After hearing many times that a new tattoo must peel in order for healing to complete, you may become concerned when yours doesn’t do this. We explain why.
Picking your tattoo scabs can have disastrous consequences. We show you how to treat scabbing tattoos properly to ensure that they heal quick and perfect.
Just like ordinary wounds, scabbing is a common sight on tattoos. No scabbing at all can be unsettling. We explain why your tattoo may not visibly scab.
What To Put On A Tattoo
Sometimes as tattoos age they can loose their vibrancy, and certain oils can be applied to help make them look great again. We’ll show you our favorites.
With dozens of new tattoo aftercare products flooding the market these days, it’s hard to choose the best one for you. Take a look at our top three picks.
While there are many creams, lotions and ointments suitable for new tattoos, Vaseline can actually cause various tattoo healing issues. We explain why here.
Many artists recommend Aquaphor for tattoos, and many don’t. Continue reading as we describe the pro’s & con’s of using Aquaphor on a new tattoo right here.
Sudocrem has potent antiseptic and antibacterial agents that are too harsh for sensitive tattooed skin. Find out why, and more, in this article.
Many of us know how beneficial oils can be for the skin. But, can you use olive oil on a new tattoo? If so, is it an effective alternative? We reveal all.
Can you use E45 to heal a tattoo? Is it safe, or will it drain the colors out of your new ink? Come and find out how to best protect your new asset.
What you may not know is that coconut oil is actually a brilliant, cheap and totally natural/organic tattoo healing balm – and we’ll show you exactly why.
Not sure how good or bad Cocoa Butter is for your new or old tattoo? This article will show you the advantages and disadvantages of using it on your ink.
Savlon is a popular antiseptic cream used to treat various skin problems. Many in the tattoo industry swear by it, but is it safe for tattoo aftercare?
hea butter is a natural ingredient with a plethora of benefits. Explore using shea butter for tattoos and find out how you can benefit after getting inked.
A detailed review of all top tattoo lotions & creams to help you choose the very best product for your aftercare & to ensure your tattoo heals perfectly.
What is dry healing and how is it different to conventional tattoo aftercare? We explain each of the pros and cons in this article.
Tea tree oil can be applied topically to fresh tattoos as a wash or ointment to treat/prevent infection. Find out how this anti-inflammatory oil can help.
There are many alternative products out there for tattoo healing. Bepanthen is one of them; but, it shouldn’t be used instead of other aftercare products.
You may have seen all of the specialized tattoo healing lotions advertised, but did you know that natural alternatives like coconut oil can work great, too?
Neosporin can be a useful addition to your tattoo healing arsenal. Read more for tips and tricks on using Neosporin on a new tattoo safely and effectively.
Protecting Your Tattoo
Showering can easily damage a new tattoo if not done correctly. We’ll show you how to shower properly so you don’t cause any harm to your ink.
Getting your brand new tattoo wet may cause it to become infected or lose ink. Learn here how to protect a new tattoo if you do have to go swimming.
Swimming or bathing too soon after getting a tattoo can cause permanent damage to your ink. We explain all of the risks and advice you need here.
Tattoos require a lot more care than we think, and this includes protection during work hours. Here’s how to properly protect a new tattoo while working.
Working out with a new tattoo is incredibly risky. Take a look at our hints & tips to ensure you know what to do to prevent tattoo damage while exercising.
Getting to sleep can be tough with a new tattoo. It can be painful, and you can also worry about ruining your tattoo in your sleep. We’ll show our top tips.
Tattoos In The Sun
It’s OK to spend time outdoors if you’ve got a tattoo. However, if you want your ink to last for decades, you must protect it at all times while in the sun.
What many people don’t know is that sunburn is incredibly dangerous to a tattoo, and can cause permanent damage if you’re not careful. We explain all here.
Exposing your new tattoo to the sun can have disastrous effects. Read our top tips to keep your tattoo looking perfect, even when tanning in the sun.
The sun is very harmful to new and old tattoos alike, but many people are unaware of the dangers of applying sunscreen to new tattoos. We explain why here.
Most people know that too much time in the sun can be very damaging to a tattoo, but how about tanning beds? We reveal why they can be just as harmful.
Tattoo Healing Issues
Getting a new tattoo can be exciting, but not if you wake up to it leaking ink and you’re not sure why. Should you be worried? This article explains all.
Most tattoos are very precious to their keepers, and there are many worries when a special tattoo gets cut or grazed. We’ll try to calm your worries here.
If your new tattoo looks scaly, you might be freaking out and wondering why. Learn more here about the reasons behind this issue & how to deal with it.
New tattoos are very susceptible to drying out, which can lead to scabs, cracking & bleeding. This article shows you how to prevent & treat tattoo cracking.
While rare, tattoo ink poisoning can happen. However, if you follow a few simple pieces of advice, you should be much better prepared to dodge this problem.
Tattoo bubbling happens during the healing process & can easily ruin a tattoo if you’re not careful. We explain how to treat & prevent tattoo bubbling here.
Whilst some redness around a new tattoo is normal – a large rash around the area could be a cause for concern. We’ll show you what’s normal and what’s not.
In this article we discuss what is normal and what is definitely not normal when it comes to tattoo bleeding during & after getting your new tattoo.
Tattoos come with their fair share of challenges during healing. Find out more about the causes of tattoo blisters, and how to manage and treat them.
Tattoo swelling can be completely normal, but it can sometimes be a sign of more serious problems. We’ll show you what swelling is normal & what is not.
Although rare, ink allergies can cause havoc with tattoos. Learn more about each of the signs & symptoms of an allergy, as well as the best treatments.
Although rare, tattoo infections can be extremely dangerous. Not only for your tattoo but also your general health. We reveal everything you need to know.
Getting a new tattoo, only for it to scar up afterwards, can be extremely disappointing. We describe what tattoo scarring is, how it happens, and how to fix it.
It’s a common surprise for many new tattoo wearers to see their black tattoo changing color as it heals. Here are a few reasons why this happens.
Tattoo blowout can have devastating consequences on the appearance of your ink. Click here to find out what tattoo blowout is and what causes it to happen.
Whilst redness on a new tattoo is normal, it can sometimes be a cause for concern. We’ll show you what’s normal what’s not when it comes to tattoo redness.
Have you got bumpy and raised areas over your new tattoo? We’ll show you what causes this and what you should do treat the problem.
Ever wanted to know if getting acne, spots or pimples on a new tattoo can cause problems? We’ll explain what to do and what not to do in this article.
It’s not uncommon for a new tattoos to bruise slightly, but excessive bruising could mean a problem. This article describes everything about tattoo bruising
Getting ingrown hairs on a new tattoo is relatively common – but do they cause damage and what should you do about them? Continue reading to find out.
A small, firm lump under your tattoo might mean you’ve developed a cyst. We discuss why cysts occur, and how you can treat them without ruining your ink.
Getting white spots and bumps on your tattoo can be very concerning. We’ll show you what can cause these problems and what you should do to treat them.
Tattoo Aftercare - FAQs
Tattoo itching can be extremely annoying during the healing process. We’ll show you the best tips available for preventing your tattoo from itching.
Are you feeling curious as to what effects sweat has on a new tattoo? There may be more to this than you think. Keep reading to learn more.
Do you feel like you have an overworked tattoo and are wondering what to do about it? Take a look here to know what to look for and see what can be done.
Goodbye, dry tattoos! If you’ve just been tattooed and need some guidance on moisturization, you’re in the right place. We tell you how to get the job done.
Are you worried about how a tight bra might affect your new tattoo, and whether wearing a bra will rub and damage the ink? We have the answers.
Tattoos can appear shiny during or after healing for a few reasons, but this phenomenon is usually completely harmless. We explain why it happens here.
Has your new tattoo become hairy, resulting in you wanting to shave it? How soon is too soon? Are there any downsides to shaving over your tattoo? See here.
There’s a chance that a tattoo will become lighter after healing. To avoid this from happening, come and discover the causes and likelihood of this issue.
To dry or not to dry? Join us as we find out what happens when you dry your new tattoo. We offer some tips on whether it may or may not be a good option for you.
A well-executed tattoo can be a thing of great beauty, but not everyone gets the tattoo they ask for. We reveal what you should do if you dislike your ink.
Clothing rubbing against a new tattoo can cause irritation and delay healing, but does this mean that all tight clothing is out of the question? We explain.
Coconut oil is becoming an increasingly popular tattoo aftercare product, but does it negatively affect tattoos by fading them prematurely? Find out here.
Keep feeling the urge to scratch your tattoo but not sure if it’s healed enough yet? We reveal the moment you can start scratching your tattoo right here.
Moisturizing a tattoo is crucial for faster healing. Thinking of skipping this part or not a fan of lotions? Learn more about why moisturizing is so vital.
After getting inked, correct aftercare can help to keep your tattooed skin healthy. Learn if you can ice a new tattoo and what to do about any swelling.
Long-Term Tattoo Care
Everything you need to know about cover-up tattoos, including why people get them, what type of tattoos are easy to cover, and how to find the right artist.
Are you utterly confused as to why your old tattoo still feels raised? Should it not have settled by now? Continue reading to ease those worries.
Wondered what’s involved in a tattoo touch up, or when a tattoo touch up might be required? We explain all in this article.
With enough fading, a great tattoo can end up looking like a cheap one. The good news is that you can slow down the rate of degradation. It’s in your hands.
An unfortunate reality of having a tattoo is that it will, at least somewhat, fade throughout its lifetime. We reveal how much a tattoo might fade, and why.