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.
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 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.
WHEN TO WORRY
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.
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.