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January 8th, 2008, 08:00 AM
c'est_la_vie's Avatar Is it nap time yet?
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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:


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.

Thats all I can think of for now, hope it helps!

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January 8th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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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.
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January 20th, 2008, 07:17 PM
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The easiest way to ruin your tattoo!

Especially during the peeling process, let the skin come off naturally, if needed, gently peel bigger, bothersome, ready to flake pieces.

And when it itches, resist temptation!!
Scratching fresh tattoos can cause the ink to smear and blur underneath the skin, completely ruining the artwork.

Keep freshies balmed up until fully healed.
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June 7th, 2008, 06:15 PM
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I found a product that I bought when I got my last tatoo called H2Ocean... they make a lotion and foam. They BOTH work as good, but WOW, it feels them MUCH faster then the ole A&D every did
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July 14th, 2008, 07:06 AM
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Here is some healing times, just "typical" ones, but true to most of my piercings.

Ear lobes - 6 to 8 weeks
Cartilage - 4 to 8 months
Eyebrow - 6 to 8 weeks
Nostril - 3 to 4 months
Septum - 6 to 8 months
Labret - 2 to 3 months
Tongue - 4 to 6 weeks
Nipple - 4 to 6 months
Navel - 5 months to 1 year
Genitals - 6 weeks to 6 months
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August 24th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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A&D was actually causing issues with my upper back tat... I was breaking out, badly, which was messing up the tat...

I ended up using fragranceless moisturizing lotion...

And when it itched, I'd very gentle slap it.. didn't make it completely go away, but it certainly helped..

My lower back tattoo I got from a Marine when I was in Afghanistan in 2002... so I didn't put anything oni t.. and it soaked through a set of my uniforms LOL
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February 19th, 2009, 12:41 AM
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Wow! I never thought a tattoo "in the field" could look so professionally done! Great job.
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April 24th, 2010, 02:09 PM
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April 24th, 2010, 02:21 PM
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I have to say the H2Ocean spray is the best thing I've found for piercings, I swear by it...
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