The answer is that coconut oil is absolutely safe to use on new tattoos and offers a wide array of healing and restorative properties to the skin. The oil itself is all natural and works alongside your skin to boost collagen levels, protect against bacteria and infection, and keep the skin moisturized and supple.
In this way, when can you put coconut oil on a new tattoo?
approximately 3-4 days
Similarly, what lotion should you not use on a 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.
Will coconut oil fade tattoos?
The bottom line. Coconut oil is generally safe to use, but a skin patch test is the only way to know for sure. … While tattoos fade over time, coconut oil won’t speed up this process. If you think the coloring of your tattoo is starting to fade, check in with your tattoo artist.
Petroleum jelly products, such as brand-name Vaseline, work by trapping moisture into your skin. These are most useful for extremely dry skin problems, especially if seasonal. However, Vaseline isn’t a good option for tattoos. … You may even be more prone to infections if you use Vaseline on fresh tattoo wounds.
So how often should you be moisturizing your new tattoo? As a general rule, it is recommended that you moisturize your tattoo 2-3 times a day, which is every 8 – 12 hours a day. However, the process of moisturizing is personal to each individual.
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.
When you apply the ointment, use just a little bit. Your tattoo does need some oxygen to heal, and putting on too much Aquaphor can suffocate the skin and clog pores.
Tattoo artists often recommend Aquaphor for aftercare because it’s so good at hydrating the skin — and that’s important when you get a new tattoo. Of course, you can use other unscented moisturizing ointments to care for your tattoo. Look for petrolatum and lanolin in the ingredients list.
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!