Long story short, light and moderate tattoo scabbing is part of the healing process. However, heavy skin scabbing that is painful and bumpy isn’t normal and should be looked at by your tattoo artist and a medical professional if appropriate.
Accordingly, what do I do if my tattoo scabs?
Many people worry that scabbing means that something is wrong or should be a cause for concern, but have no fear…it is a normal process in the tattoo healing game and means that your body is responding to the open wound and the trauma that the tattooed skin area has just endured.
In this regard, how do I know if my tattoo is healing properly?
Other signs of a properly healing tattoo
- pink or red skin at the site and surrounding area (not a widespread rash)
- slight inflammation that doesn’t extend outside the tattoo.
- mild itchiness.
- peeling skin.
Do tattoo scabs fall off?
Eventually the scabs will crumble and fall off, exposing the freshly healed, healthy skin underneath and your amazing, newly inked tattoo. The size and thickness of your scab will determine the length of the healing process. Picking off the scabs can cause the color to fade and keeps the tattoo from healing properly.
Showering with a new tattoo isn’t only fine; it’s necessary for the sake of good hygiene. As long as you follow the aftercare instructions your tattoo artist gives you, and you‘re careful not to rub or soak your tattoo, showering shouldn’t interfere with the healing process of your new ink.
Scabs are also more prone to forming over the area if the tattoo is particularly large or detailed, as the longer a tattooing session, the more trauma that is caused to your skin, and the more likely it is for certain areas to form a thicker scab compared to the rest of the tattoo.
Shouldn’t Happen: Thick Scabbing
“If thick scabs develop, they can remove the color beneath them.” So remember: don’t pick. “Never prematurely remove a scab, [as] this will lead to damaging the tattoo as well,” he says. Just leave it alone, and if you’re truly concerned, let your tattoo artist know what’s going on.
After about a week, it will begin to scab and become extremely itchy. At this point in time, you’ll start to notice your tattoo peeling and flaking dead skin. Thankfully, this stage usually lasts about a week. Once the scabbing stops, your design may look blurry and silvery while your skin is settling.
The most common symptom of a tattoo infection is a rash or red, bumpy skin around the area where you have the tattoo. In some cases, your skin may just be irritated because of the needle, especially if you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, your symptoms should fade after a few days.
Your tattoo will start scabbing towards the end of week one, and into week two. DO NOT pick at these scabs! These scabs are part of the healing process and removing these scabs can directly effect the outcome of your tattoo.
Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat.
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.