Washing the tattoo in the morning and at night before you go to bed is sufficient. For the first day, the tattoo will “ooze” clear plasma. This is completely normal. There is NO NEED to use any ointment on your tattoo.
Thereof, what should you put on your first day of tattoo?
For the first day or two, use an ointment like A+D Original Ointment or Aquaphor Healing Ointment or the product recommended by your tattoo artist to help the tattoo heal. It’s best to avoid products that are 100 percent petroleum-based, like Vaseline.
Also, how long should you keep a new tattoo covered?
Keep your tattoo wrapped for 2 – 4 hours.
Your artist has already rubbed anti-bacterial ointment and wrapped it up, in order to keep your new tattoo from airborne bacteria and avoid infection. The bandage should be left on for a minimum of two hours before you remove it.
Can I shower the same day I get a tattoo?
So, Can you shower after getting a tattoo? If you are looking to shower without washing your tattoo, you can do it 3-4 hours after the artist has wrapped the tattoo. It’s important to avoid soaking the area for at least 2 weeks, and remove any soap immediately.
Use lukewarm water, at least at first, because water that is too hot will be painful and could open your pores and cause ink to leach out. Do not stick your tattoo directly under the faucet, instead cup your hand and gently pour water over it. Gently wet the entire tattoo, but do not soak it.
Vaseline isn’t the best choice for tattoo aftercare. Petroleum jelly traps moisture and bacteria, which can lead to infections and scarring if your tattoo doesn’t get enough air while it’s healing. You may be able to use Vaseline on old tattoos if your skin is dry.
Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and be sure to pat dry. Apply a layer of antibacterial/Vaseline ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage. Gently wash your tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently pat dry before reapplying the antibacterial/Vaseline ointment.
Believe it or not, tattoos do require ongoing care and maintenance… not tons, but some. Think of your tattoo as a lifetime investment. It’s a part of your body now, so if you want your ink to go the distance, you have to put some time and energy into keeping it looking shiny and new.
If you don’t moisturize a new tattoo, there are chances it won’t heal properly. Moisturising keeps it safe from infections and allows the quality of the tattoo to be preserved. It’ll also prevent you from itching, which will stop the area from healing.
However, over moisturizing can cause problems as well. Over moisturizing during tattoo care can lead to clogged pores break outs in the skin that can ruin your tattoo. Over moisturizing lotion can also cause oozing and discomfort.
Takeaway. Tattoo dry healing is an acceptable part of a tattoo aftercare routine as long as you follow all other aftercare instructions closely. Not taking extra care of your tattoo can lead to scabbing or scarring.