Inked Studio have provided some Tattoo Aftercare advice to help you maintain a good quality tattoo. Please dont be scared to ask your artist if you are not sure.
Many tattoo artists can be accused of being incompetent because a customer may not carry out tattoo aftercare in the correct way. This is why it is vital to follow your artists tattoo aftercare instructions.
• Ensure you leave the covering on the tattoo for the first 2-5 hours, then carefully remove it and gently wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and mild liquid soap, like Carex. You should then apply a thin layer of an unscented moisturising cream like Bepanthen – which we keep on stock. You can either then recover with clingfilm/gauze, or leave it open to the air, Generally, we advise you to repeat the cleaning process 3-5 times a day.
• Keep the tattoo clean and dry, and avoid soaking it in water for at least a month (showers are ok, baths are not). If your clothes are likely to rub on it, keep it covered with gauze/clingfilm and medical tape.
• Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight unless necessary. Healed tattoos, especially coloured ones, can fade in the sun – so when it’s completely healed, make sure it’s covered in a high SPF if you’re going to be catching some rays.
• Healing times depend on how well you heal and the size of the design. This can range anywhere from around a week for simple, small line designs, to several months for complex, larger designs. Keep following your aftercare instructions for as long as the artist told you to, and make sure the tattoo is kept well-moisturised and clean for a good few months after that, avoiding abrasive skin products.
• As the tattoo heals, it may scab or flake slightly. Avoid picking at it, as this may remove the ink in that area and lead to patches fading or being removed altogether. If it itches, don’t scratch – slap it lightly instead. This should only last for the first few weeks or so – if it stays raised, itches uncontrollably, is red around the design, keeps bleeding for more than a day or so after having it done, or is continuously hot to the touch, go back to your artist or seek medical advice. Infected tattoos are very rare but can happen, and it’s always worth getting it checked out if you’re worried about it.
• If you do lose ink which is not common, we will retouch it for free – After about 6 weeks, come back to us if you need touch-ups on any area of the tattoo.
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