Aquaphor is a commonly recommended part of a tattoo aftercare regimen. It has hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties that can speed healing and make the process more comfortable. If you’re getting some new ink, or have just gotten a tattoo, you may want to consider using Aquaphor.
Similarly, why you shouldn’t use Aquaphor on tattoos?
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.
Secondly, when should I switch from aquaphor to lotion on my new 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.
How do I get rid of Aquaphor?
How To Remove Aquaphor Or Other Ointment Stains From Clothes
- Blunt edged knife or credit card-shaped piece of plastic.
- Soft-bristled brush.
- Washing machine.
- Soaking bowl or bucket.
- Vacuum cleaner.
- Laundry detergent.
- Stain remover.
- Cornstarch or talcum powder.
Aquaphor is not technically a moisturizer. It will only trap the water already on the surface of your skin. You may need to wash or dampen your skin before using it.
To help it heal correctly, “you should continue applying the ointment after each time you wash the tattoo and only after it has completely dried; at least twice a day, for three to five days or until the tattoo starts to peel. Then, you can switch to a regular, fragrance-free lotion.”
The takeaway. Aquaphor and Vaseline are both brand names synonymous with petroleum jelly products. … Vaseline contains 100 percent petroleum jelly, while Aquaphor includes other ingredients like mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, glycerin, and bisabolol.
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!
- Cetaphil. Cetaphil is a dermatologist-recommended skin cream that is an Aquaphor alternative. …
- Zinc Oxide. For a baby who is suffering from diaper rash or minor burns and cuts, an alternative to Aquaphor is zinc oxide ointment. …
- Petroleum Jelly.
Avoid sleeping directly on your new tattoo, at least the first 4 days. The goal is to try your best not to put any pressure on your tattoo and to keep it from touching anything, at least as much as possible. A healing tattoo needs lots of fresh air and oxygen, so try not to smother it while sleeping.
Whatever you use, never slather your ink with A&D or Aquaphor, both petroleum based products, because they block the air-flow that injuries need to heal, trap nastiness and hold it on to your wound, and draw ink from the skin because the skin is too moist.
Despite being a tremendous product for tattoo aftercare, there a couple of drawbacks to using A&D Ointment. Potential issues can include: A&D is petrolatum based, so not efficacious for the entire tattoo healing process and can clog pores if applied too thickly or too often.
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.