Several people out there are still unaware that after you get a tattoo that you have to care for it. You literally have to nurse it back to health to insure that an infection does not set in. After all a tattoo is an open wound on your skin so infection can set in very easily if it is not cared for properly and not kept clean. The are several different methods that are out there to take care of your tattoo. The important thing is that you keep it clean and keep it moist.
When it comes to cleaning your tattoo you just need to wash it with a gentle mild soap, like baby soap. You also need to make sure that whenever you touch it your hands are clean. Do not be rough with it, just gently wash it and pat or air dry. This needs to be done shortly after you have gotten your tattoo and at least once or twice a day while it is healing. Also beware that your tattoo may ooze some puss when you first take your bandage off. This is normal but if this continues you need to contact a doctor because more than likely an infection is starting to take place.
The second important care tip is to keep your tattoo moist. There has been a lot of talk about this one. Some people recommend the following and others don’t. Just go by what you tattoo artist recommends. A lot of people advice against using Petroleum-based products, simply because they don’t help in healing or preventing infection. Neosporin is one of the most common antibiotic ointment that is recommended, some find to preserve the tattoo ink colors well too. Some hold bacitracin as the big thing in tattoo after care. It fights infection and keeps the tattooed skin moist and healthy. Others have found A&D ointment a good alternative. It has vitamins to promote healing though it doesn’t fight infection.
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