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The comprehensive guide for tattoo aftercare: Weeks 6-10


Congratulations on your new tattoo! You've successfully navigated through the initial stages of tattoo healing and are now entering a crucial phase of aftercare. Weeks 6-10 are pivotal for ensuring your tattoo not only heals properly but continues to look vibrant for years.

So, in this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the specific aftercare measures you should take during this period to keep your fresh tattoo looking its best.

Weeks 6-10: A crucial time for tattoo healing

By this stage, you may have noticed that your tattoo has fully settled and appears healed. However, it's important to remember that tattoo healing is a gradual process, and the deeper layers of your skin are still regenerating. Here's how you can ensure the long-term health and vibrancy of your tattoo during weeks 6-10:

Moisturise regularly:

  • Continue your daily tattoo care routine by applying a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion to the tattooed area. Adequate moisturization is key to keeping the skin healthy and preserving the tattoo's appearance.
  • If you're looking for the perfect tattoo aftercare lotion. You can apply a thin layer of the Tattoo Goo Aftercare Lotion. It's fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and can help maintain your tattoo's vibrancy while keeping your skin healthy.


Tattoo Goo Aftercare Lotion


Protect from sun exposure:

  • Shield your tattoo from direct sunlight and UV rays, as prolonged sun exposure can lead to ink fading and potential damage. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on your tattooed skin, even on overcast days. Consider wearing protective clothing or specialised tattoo sunscreen for added protection.
  • I recommend using the Dermalize Pro Total Black Sun Block - Protective Tattoo Film. This specialized film provides an extra layer of defence against UV damage, helping to prevent ink fading and maintain your tattoo's vibrancy.

Avoid swimming in chlorinated water:

  • Chlorine in hot tubs and swimming pools can be harsh on healing tattoos and may cause fading or irritation. We recommend waiting until your tattoo is fully healed before taking a dip.

Stay hydrated:

  • Drinking enough water not only benefits your overall skin health but can also indirectly support your tattoo's appearance by keeping your skin well-hydrated.

Resist scratching or picking:

  • If you experience residual itching or flaking, continue to resist the urge to scratch at your tattoo. Instead, gently apply moisturiser to alleviate itching and maintain the healing process.

Monitor for infections:

  • Be vigilant for any signs of infection, such as excessive redness, pus, or unusual swelling. If you suspect an infection, I advise you to seek prompt medical attention to ensure the safety of your tattoo.

Maintain good hygiene:

  • Continue practising good hygiene by gently cleaning the tattooed area with mild soap and warm water and patting it dry with a clean towel. Make sure to avoid abrasive scrubbing or using harsh chemicals on the tattoo and also wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
  • For an all-in-one tattoo care solution, consider the Tattoo Goo Tattoo Care Kit (3 in 1). This comprehensive kit includes 1 x Tattoo Goo Lotion, 1 x Tattoo Goo Soap, and 1 x Tattoo Goo Balm (21g). It's designed to help you maintain proper hygiene and keep your tattoo in excellent condition. Keep your ink looking its best with this convenient kit.



Tattoo Goo Tattoo Care Kit (3 in 1)



Consult your tattoo artist:

If you have any concerns or questions about the healing process, don't hesitate to reach out to your tattoo artist. Tattoo artists possess valuable experience and can offer personalised advice based on your unique tattoo and situation.

Stages of tattoo healing

Immediate aftercare (day 0-2)

Immediately after getting your tattoo, your tattoo artist will clean it thoroughly and apply an ointment or a protective film to seal the tattoo.

You might leave the studio with a bandage or plastic wrap to cover the tattoo, typically removed after a few hours to allow the tattoo to breathe.

During this initial stage, the primary goal is to control any bleeding, seal the tattoo, and prevent infection. It's crucial to follow your artist's aftercare instructions diligently to keep the tattoo healthy in the healing process.

Oozing and redness (days 2-7):

In the couple of days following your tattoo session, you may notice the tattooed area oozing a clear or slightly coloured fluid. The surrounding skin might appear red and slightly swollen, which is a natural response to the tattooing process.

Some ink may also "weep" from the tattoo. This stage usually lasts about a week, and it's vital to maintain proper hygiene. Just wash your tattoo gently and free from potential sources of infection.

Itching and flaking (days 7-14):

Around the first and second weeks, you might experience itching as the tattoo begins to heal. The tattooed area may start to itch and flake, akin to how a sunburn might peel.

It's essential to resist the temptation to scratch the tattoo, as this can harm the healing skin and affect the tattoo's appearance. Applying a thin layer of the recommended ointment or lotion can help alleviate itching and moisturise the skin.

Peeling (day 14-30):

During the second and third weeks, the tattooed area will continue to peel and flake. This is a natural part of the healing process as the body sheds the top layer of skin. It's crucial not to forcibly pick at or peel the skin; instead, let it come off naturally. Understand that the tattoo won't flake off, as this peeling is superficial and unrelated to the ink.

Settling and maturation (week 4 and beyond):

By the end of the first month, your tattoo should look vibrant and mostly healed. However, the full maturation process can take several months, during which the tattoo will continue to settle. To ensure your tattoo remains clean and retains its appearance, continue to practice proper aftercare.

This includes gentle washing, moisturising, protection from excessive sun exposure to prevent fading, and avoiding swimming in chlorinated pools or hot tubs during the healing process.

Following these guidelines will surely help your tattoo heals properly and maintain its quality over time.


MTS Tattoo Balm


Wrapping it up - Your tattoo's continued care

Proper tattoo aftercare is not confined to the initial weeks after getting inked. Weeks 6-10 represent a pivotal phase in the healing journey, with a significant impact on your tattoo's long-term appearance and health.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your healed tattoo remains a beautiful and lasting work of art that you proudly display for years. Remember that every tattoo is unique, so consulting with your tattoo artist for tailored advice is always a wise choice to maintain the best possible outcome.


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  • Mark Joshua Luz