The truth is that all new tattoos bleed out some excess ink. It’s nothing to worry about, and your tattoo is still going to have plenty of color when it heals. It’s just that the thick texture of Aquaphor captures some of that leaking ink, and it may look like you’re losing more than you actually are.
Subsequently, what is the best thing to put on a new tattoo?
Be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. 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.
One may also ask, is aquaphor better than ad for tattoos?
No. The best thing you can use to heal a tattoo is an oil. … When I use pure oil on a fresh tattoo it doesn’t burn when I apply and my tattoo doesn’t itch during the healing process. Ointment (both a&d and aquaphor) is usually applied too thickly to let the tattoo breathe and heal properly.
When should I switch from aquaphor to lotion tattoo?
Anywhere from 2-4 days your tattoo will start to react similar to a sunburn, which is when you’ll want to switch from using the Aquaphor ointment to using lotion.
There are some things you can do to speed up the healing process.
- Wear sunscreen. Sunlight can cause your tattoo to fade, and fresh tattoos are especially sensitive to the sun. …
- Don’t re-bandage after you take off the initial dressing. …
- Clean daily. …
- Apply ointment. …
- Don’t scratch or pick. …
- Avoid scented products.
Your tattoo is an open wound and vulnerable to infection during the healing process. Let the scabs fall off by themselves or gently wash them off in the shower. … If you must be outside, find a tattoo-specific sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Don‘t swim, soak, sweat, or sauna for at least 6-weeks after your tattoo!
It looks nothing like it will look in 3 more weeks when the surface skin is fully grown over, replacing the pealing skin; you’re seeing new skin growth over the tattoo which is why it appears cloudy. It takes a couple of months for a tattoo to fully heal and the macrophages that keep the ink in place to do so.
Without moisturiser, there’s a risk that healing skin will get very dry, tight and itchy, and itchy skin that you can’t scratch – that in fact you shouldn’t touch at all – is not much fun! If you do itch then you risk damaging the new tattoo.
Never use the petroleum based products A+D Ointment, Bepanthen, Aquaphor, Vaseline, Bacitracin, and Neosporin on your tattoos. These products all have a purpose, and it’s not tattoo healing.
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