Heal a Tattoo without Scabbing
Fresh tattoos look so amazing. I remember having my third tattoo, I just kept staring at it, amazed by how great my tattoo artist was. But one stage that irritates some people after having a tattoo is the scabbing. It's itchy, even uncomfortable for some.
Scabbing is a natural part of the tattoo healing process, it's technically a wound so scabbing is pretty normal. What’s hard is fighting the urge to scratch and peel it. You may control it during the day, but you might find it hard to avoid when you're sleeping. Another thing that can happen is when your clothing gets caught on the rough edges of the scabs and tears it off. If this happens you might even need to have a tattoo touch-up.
So the question is, what should you do during your tattoo's healing process?
There are a lot of aftercare tips and techniques that may help you speed up and "survive" your tattoo's healing process. Some say bandages keep the tattoo safe, others say the skin should be able to breathe to help it heal faster. Some say using tattoo soap helps, others say it doesn't make a difference. It can get very confusing because you only want what’s best for your skin, right?
When some people feel uncomfortable after they get their tattoos done, they automatically assume it's infected and start taking unnecessary measures. Before you take any action, read through this article so we can give you some advice.
It may differ depending on what your tattoo artist tells you, but here are some ground rules.
• Before touching your tattoo, always wash your hands with soap and clean water.
• Avoid scratching your tattoo.
• Always wear clean and loose clothing
• Stay away from the sun or tanning beds.
Make sure that once your tattoo is finished, ask your tattoo artist to bandage your tattoo. Bandages are a must to avoid infections on your way home from the tattoo parlour. Before going to bed, wash your tattoo with a bit of cool water, try not to rub it yet. You can ask your tattoo artist for some tattoo aftercare products like antibacterial lotion, and mild soap. If your tattoo is located somewhere you can easily reach and scratch, cover it with plastic wrap. Take off the plastic wrap in the morning and rinse your tattoo with cold water. Use a paper towel to gently pat it dry, or you can always let it air dry. Once it's dry, use the antibacterial lotion you got from your tattoo artist. Apply the cream every time your tattoo feels dry and itchy.
After about a week, wash your tattoo twice a day. Rub it with a tiny amount of lotion after your tattoo dries. Be careful not to overdo it.
Continue doing this for the next 2-3 weeks until the initial healing period of your tattoo is over and done with!
Isn’t it fulfilling to see your piece of art heal perfectly? You never need to worry about having to do a touch up!
Follow these simple and easy tips for your road to a happy healing.
- Matthew Nelson