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This section will be for everything aftercare! Be it tattoos or piercings. Give your advice on what worked for you, and what you've heard/been told works.
Heres my tattoo aftercare advice:
CARING PROPERLY FOR YOUR TATTOO FROM THE MOMENT YOU GET IT DONE HELPS THE INK LAST LONGER, LOOK BETTER, AND HEAL FASTER!!
If bandaged, when you get home simply wipe off any excess blood or ink. (don't wash it!)
Put a layer of A&D ointment or something similar, just a small amount to coat. (make sure the layer is even and there is no water or fluids trapped under the ointment)
After the first 8-12 hours, wash with an anti-bacterial soap, no fragrances. Pat dry immediately!
When showering, put a layer of Vaseline over the tattoo, especially if its color. This keeps it from getting too wet!!
After 2 days of using ointment, start up a lotion regiment. I suggest Luberiderm. Its high quality, and helped my work heal perfectly (at least 3 to 5 times a day!)
*check for Lanolin & Bees wax in products! These can cause irritations & clog pores!*
Things to avoid during the healing process:
THE SUN!! No good for fresh ink!
Avoid scratching or pealing. If you get the urge, just apply some lotion.
No pools, jacuzzis, river water, anything that has or could have chemicals in it, again you don't want to soak a fresh tattoo!!
Depending on where you have it, avoid shaving it while its healing.
When I got my tattoo I was told to wait 24 hours and from then on clean it with a gentle bar soap and wash cloth 2 times a day for the first 2 weeks and not to take a bath or go swimming (no submerging it in water). Showers were fine.