Tattoo Scabbing – Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Scabbing – Tattoo Aftercare

There are a lot of different methods given for the aftercare of your new tattoo regarding the tattoo scabbing that takes place, but the tattoo healing process for your new tattoo and for tattoo scabbing are the same.

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Helpful Hints for tattoo healing process:

The First Day:

Your tattoo artist, and each has their own tattoo aftercare instructions, but they will cover your new tattoo with a non porous material such as saran wrap or a non absorbent gauze bandage right after the tattoo has been applied for the time being. This is done to promote faster healing by creating a “second skin” and to keep the tattoo healing process from forming too many tattoo scabs as possible.

Removing the Bandage:

The bandage can be removed as soon as one hour or as late as the next morning. Your tattooist will usually have a recommendation for you. Remove the bandage gently using water if necessary, but do not rip the bandage wrap off in case there is some dried blood sticking to the bandage. The most important thing for you to do after the bandage is removed is to WASH the tattooed area.

Washing Your New Tattoo:

The best suggestion for the first day is to gently (set the shower to a low pressure rinse) run water over your tattoo and wash your skin gently with the fragrance-free, non perfume soap of your choice without using a sponge or cloth.

Yes… this may feel a little unpleasant, but the first 3 days are the prime time for scabs on tattoos on your body to start, so it is important to wash your tattoo 3 to 5 times a day for two to three solid minutes or until it feels like a slimy film has come off of the tattoo. Then you gently pat your skin dry using soft paper towel without lint, and afterwards you should notice that whatever tattoo scab was forming is now gone or lessened and that the tattooed area is more smooth.

Tattoo Aftercare Products:

Do Not Apply Any Product that has been previously opened, or if the safety seal is broken. Do NOT share tattoo aftercare products, or use a product given to you from a friend.
Immediately after washing your tattooed area gently apply at light film of Emu Oil which is the most often recommended product. Emu Oil is available for purchase at this link below.

Wash, Rinse & Repeat:

Repeat the process of gently washing over any scab on tattoo areas & applying Emu Oil until the tattoo peeling looks like a sunburn or until the tattoo scabs.

Tattoo Scabbing:

Tattoo Scabbing is common. Redness and swelling are common. Don’t freak out. Just repeat the washing and application of oil as outlined above. Actually you can apply lotion as often as you like, however be sure to only use enough to thoroughly penetrate the tattoo.

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There’s not too much that can go wrong with your tattoo. Some people experience heavy and prolonged tattoo scabbing while I know some who experienced next to nothing at all.

If there is some fading of color this is normal. Most artists will go over a tattoo in 4 to 6 weeks to brighten or darken your tattoo art if need be.

If you have any metal allergies you should have a spot test done by the artist of your choice before getting your tattoo done. Please keep in mind that you should research your tattoo shop for cleanliness. It is OK to ask if they are inspected by the health department.

Department for both tattooing and piercing.

Some artists like to set up by themselves before a tattoo to get centered and plan their approach. Remember tattooing is an art and your tattooist is an artist for tattoo designs.

As with most personal services, its good to have a relaxed and comfortable service provider. However if you need to watch the sterilized packages be opened in front of you, feel free to ask.

Its next to impossible for the transmission of disease to occur during your tattoo if you are in a good tattoo parlor, owned and staffed by trained professionals.

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More Tattoo Aftercare Tips:

Too much lotion, sweat, or submersion in water for over three minutes could cause your tattoo to fade or, if there are scabs on tattoos, the scabs may come off prematurely. If your tattoo is scabbing and the tattoo scabs come off before the tattoo ink heals into the skin you’ll have a spot of color missing.

Please do not tan before your tattoo appointment, as your color will fade and if you are very tan your color might not show up at all.

If you have to tan, put sun block on the area that you’ll be tattooed in, or better yet, protect the area (cover the area) from the sun.

Foot tattoos are beautiful. If you’d like a tattoo on your foot, please be aware that for the first three or four days afterwards shoes, sweaty feet and water will fade your tattoo. So wear Crocs, flip flops, or better yet, go barefoot please!!

Remember, a lot of how your tattoo looks is in your hands!! Once you leave the tattoo parlor your tattoo is your responsibility.

Aftercare is just as important as the tattoo procedure itself.

Most tattooists will give free touch ups about one month after the tattoo has been applied. So with the natural tattoo healing process, your Tattoo Scabbing should be at a minimum if you follow the tattoo aftercare instructions properly and don’t do anything stupid to mess up your new tattoo.

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Tattoo Scabbing – Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Tattoo Scabbing – Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Tattoos are considered to be a minor medical procedure and Tattoo aftercare instructions for tattoo scabbing are of the utmost importance.

The natural defense process for the protection of the skin to the tattoo ink is the forming of scabs on tattoos much like a severe sunburn.

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Some things you really need to know about tattoo scabs before you get your tattoo and what to do regarding aftercare for tattoos:

  • Wash your hands with non perfumed soap and water. Copy the doctors you see on the TV shows how to wash your hands, scrub finger nails, etc. and make sure they are clean, really clean and sterile.
  • Remove the bandage of the tattooed area with soap and water gently. Do not rip bandage off in case dried blood has stuck to the bandage and you risk the chance of pulling off skin with it.
  • Wash off the tattooed area gently with soap and water with your hands, not a sponge or rag as you do not want to remove any of the skin that may be forming scab on tattoo area.
  • To dry the tattooed area, gently pat with a clean dry paper towel. Do not use any towel that will have lint or bacteria on it.
  • Then let air dry for about 15 minutes. Letting the tattooed area get some air is good for the tattoo healing process.
  • Apply a thin layer of a natural oil like Emu oil to the tattoo scabbing area and be sure to cover the entire tattoo. Emu oil will relieve discomfort and reduce inflammation and redness. Emu oil helps set colors and reduce plasma oozing. Using Emu oil on the clean tattoo will help keep artwork moist and reduces or eliminates the flaking and/or scabbing that often occurs.
  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a day until your tattoo healed is complete.
  • Continue to use a natural oil like Emu oil so the colors of your new tattoo will remain vibrant and luminous.

Some more Do Not instructions if your tattoo is scabbing:

– Once the bandage is off, do not re-bandage the tattooed area.

– No direct sunlight for 2-3 weeks.

– No swimming or soaking in tub as this will soften any scab on tattoo areas and cause them to come off prematurely.

– No picking or scratching of tattoo scabs while your tattoo healing or even for tattoo peeling is taking place.

– No shaving or waxing the tattooed area until healed.

– Do not apply alcohol, petroleum jelly,or sunblock to a fresh tattoo.

Be sure if you have any questions about your tattoo or tattoo scabbing and how it is healing, go back to your tattoo artist and ask him/her. Do not take advice from so-called tattoo experts that may be misleading for your circumstance.

Some extra stuff about tattoo aftercare:

– Your tattoo is your responsibility once you have left the tattoo parlor.

– For the first few days small amounts of color may appear on your clothing or sheets.

– If you find your tattoo peeling, color will appear in pieces of dry skin.

– If the tattoo scabbing is in an area where it can be exposed to the open air, allow it to breathe. Allowing it to breathe will help the tattoo healing process. Your body and oxygen are going to help the tattoo healing.

– If possible, wear loose fitting clothing over the tattoo and be careful not to suffocate tattoo with socks or pantyhose.

If your tattoo starts to peel after 3-6 days and you see color in the dried skin that comes off, don’t worry, this is just the top layer of dead skin coming off. The ink is still in your skin and your tattoo is NOT disappearing. Using a natural oil like Emu Oil will reduce the amount of tattoo peeling and tattoo scabbing that occurs naturally as your tattoo healing takes place.

If you think there may be something wrong with the tattoo healing process and the tattoo scabbing does not look as it should look, be sure to go back to your tattoo artist for advice. However, if you need medical attention, your tattoo artist should then refer you to a doctor that will understand your problem.

Good luck with your new tattoo and remember, your tattoo is for life. Think before you ink!

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Tattoo Scabbing – A Natural Healing Process

Tattoo Scabbing – A Natural Healing Process

A natural reaction of the skin to getting a tattoo is the tattoo scabbing that takes place during the healing process. A tattoo healing process takes place each time a tattoo is applied to the skin and the tattoo healing process includes tattoo scabbing over the tattoo area.

The trauma to the skin from the reaction to the needles repeatedly penetrating the top layers of skin down to the deep dermis layers, starts swelling as a reaction to the intruder, in this case the tattoo ink, and is the beginning of the scab formation to protect the deep layers of skin.

The natural protection of the skin to the tattoo is scabbing.

This tattoo scabbing is a natural healing process as the tattoo scab forms and the tattoo healing process begins to take place. In most cases the scabs on tattoos are similar to a scab that may occur from being badly sun burned. The skin becomes a little crusty and forms over the entire area just tattooed. This scab on tattoo areas should be thin and flaky if you have followed the tattoo aftercare instructions  properly.

It is at this time that tattoo aftercare is so important. The right tattoo aftercare instructions will ensure that your new tattoo healing will allow your tattoo to heal properly and your tattoo ink remain looking bright and new after the tattoo healing process is complete and you are left with a good looking tattoo.

Tattoo scabs must not be removed before that come off by themselves, in other words, do not pick the tattoo scabs off. When the tattoo peeling of the scab begins, resist the temptation to scratch or pick at it.

This is why aftercare for tattoos during tattoo scabbing is so important, to insure that the ink under the scab does not come away with the scab, and that the scab on tattoo areas hold as much ink under the top layer of skin to ensure the tattoo color is permanently stable.

So now that we have thought about the importance of tattoo aftercare before you get your tattoo, lets go ahead and get the tattoo of your dreams.

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