The process of getting a tattoo does not only involve the day of getting tattooed, the materials used and the quality of the tattoo artist, but also the healing period, which will define the success or failure of the tattoo in the long run.

Why is the healing period of a tattoo so important?

The process of getting a tattoo consists of injecting small particles of ink into your skin, and during this process, small holes are made, which is essentially a kind of wound, which needs to heal to the state before the tattoo, with the difference that the ink this time was under the skin.

Stages of the tattoo healing process

THE tattoo healing take a few steps until 100% is inserted into your skin. Let's give you some tips for each phase:

Remember that time can vary from person to person, type of tattoo and location, ranging from 1 to a few weeks.

First care of your tattoo

Your tattoo artist should have cleaned the area with an antibacterial agent and protected the tattoo, as well as given essential tips on how to take care of it (always follow your tattoo artist's tips, our idea and just help understand the process)

The first step right after leaving the studio is to wash the place with unscented/neutral soap and if possible protect the area.
The skin will still be very sensitive and bruised, which increases the risk of infections, so it is also recommended to protect the area with a piece of plastic film or specific bandage for tattoos, for at least 4 hours.

Tips for washing your tattoo

For the washing process, some precautions must be followed:

  • Wash the tattoo with cold water, never hot water.
  • Use neutral soap without perfume
  • Do not use sponges or scrub the tattoo
  • Just dry by applying a towel or paper towel to the skin, without rubbing

After this period it is recommended to remove the protection to avoid humidity (which facilitates the proliferation of bacteria), and wash again. After washing, it is recommended to start applying a healing cream.

During the first few days, you will be able to see that the tattoo is going to be a little raised, and probably sore, similar to a sunburn. The swelling and pain shouldn't last much longer than a week, if they do, consult your tattoo artist or doctor.

Care during the first week after getting the tattoo

This period is considered one of the most boring of the tattoo healing processas it involves peeling and itchy skin.
The skin will have formed some husks, which will be harder and have started to peel, similar to sunburn.

During this period it is important to keep your skin hydrated, and we recommend that you use the cream or ointment indicated by your tattoo artist, which can be used a few times during the day. Be careful to pass just enough, and not overload, as this way the skin can still breathe.
It's common for your tattoo not to look as pretty or interesting these days, but this process is normal and part of the healing process. The skin is being replaced and what remains underneath will be what will remain on you forever.

Final Stages of Tattoo Healing

After this period, your skin should have returned to normal, and will be close to the final result. If there is a need, this is the time to talk to your tattoo artist for retouching if necessary.
It is worth remembering that until 100% is healed, the process can take around 4 to 6 months, but during this period the skin can already be exposed to the sun and does not need protection around it.

It is important to emphasize that when sunbathing, care must be taken and the use of sunscreen to prevent the tattoo from losing its color and to keep the skin hydrated at all times.

What Not to Do While Healing Your Tattoo

  • Do not remove the shells. They can even be attached to deeper layers of skin and damage your tattoo. Let them out normally.
  • No headdress. In the same way that removing the husks can be harmful, you are also risking passing bacteria through contact with the nails.
  • Avoid chlorinated water or chemicals, as they can cause adverse reactions to the tattoo
  • Avoid swimming pool and sea, as they have many bacteria that can be transferred to your tattoo.
  • Avoid sunbathing. The sun's rays can delay the healing process and once healed, fade your tattoo.
  • Avoid using too much cream. Your skin needs to breathe to heal well.
  • Avoid some types of food. Check out our list of foods to avoid while healing your tattoo
  • Take precautions with physical exercise, as sweat can slightly damage the process, in addition to being environments that are likely to cause infection. If possible, avoid.

Care of your tattoo that must be kept at all times

Some precautions must always be taken if you want to have a defined tattoo and with the colors close to the original:

  • Apply moisturizer daily
  • Apply SPF 50 sunscreen when exposed to the sun
  • Drink plenty of water every day
  • Avoid causing physical damage to the tattoo

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