Protect Your Ink July 29 2012, 1 Comment
Lately I have seen so many ladies who are showing off their amazing tattoos. One of our gorgeous models just recently did a photo shoot that sported her beautiful artwork. So I thought I would read up about how to take care of your body and it's art.
Dermatologist Jeannette Graf M.D. explains how to take care of your ink so it doesn't lead you to feeling like you make a big mistake!
"After you’ve been freshly inked, it’s important to take care of the skin for proper healing. "A good tattoo artist will give proper post-procedure instructions, but you’re usually instructed to remove your bandage after a few hours and apply antibiotic ointment." explains Dr. Graf. Be sure to leave the bandage on for at least two hours and then wash the area. "Use your hand to clean the area with a mild, unscented antibacterial soap and water—avoid rubbing the skin dry and pat gently instead," says Dr. Graf. Next, apply a thick coat of vitamin A and D enriched ointment, which will keep the surface moist and protect against infection. After about a week, you can switch to a dye-free, fragrance-free lotion such as Lubriderm or Eucerin. Since you shouldn’t completely submerge your ink in water, avoid baths and swimming pools and stick to showers for two to three weeks. Another important tip? "Wear loose-fitting, soft clothing to avoid rubbing and irritation," says Dr. Graf. Avoid elastics, which can pull and spread the fresh ink.
When you first get a tattoo you’ll notice the skin will begin to flake, peel, and maybe even scab. Do not scratch or pick! This is a normal part of the healing process and will only last a few days. Try to avoid direct sun-exposure for two weeks after getting your new tattoo because the UV rays can fade your new ink. After the initial 14-day shade-a-thon, always apply at least an SPF 30 when you are out and about."
Jeannette Graf M.D.