How to Care for a New Tattoo

newtattoo Getting a permanent tattoo can be an enthralling experience. But after getting a new tattoo, you would want it to look good always. Hence, it is important to take proper care of your newly acquired tattoo in order to avoid infection and keep its color and shape intact. Take a look at few of these tips on how to take care of a new tattoo.

You need to care for a new tattoo in the same manner as you would for any wound. Here’s how you can take good care of the tattoo.

Step 1: Make sure the tattoo remains bandaged for at least 2-3 hours after it is made. Keep the bandage for even longer if advised to.

Step 2: After the stipulated hours, leave the tattoo open so that the tattoo starts healing and the skin keeps breathing.

Step 3: You may wash the tattoo gently with 1-2 drops of mild soap. Pat it dry softly without rubbing.

Step 4: Gently apply antibiotic ointment onto the tattooed area once it’s cleaned.  Take care not to any ointment with zinc content because it can damage the tattoo.

Step 5: Gently apply antibiotic ointment on the tattoo everyday for the initial few days. After that, keep applying a plain skin lotion to the tattooed skin until it heals completely. Make sure the lotion does not contain any dye, perfume, alcohol, aloe or Vitamin E.

Step 6: Keep the tattooed skin exposed to air for the most part, but avoid exposing it to the sun for long hours.

Step7: Don’t get too much of water on a new tattoo for the first few weeks. You can take showers, but keep away from swimming.


1. In case you experience immense swelling, extreme itching, rashes or excruciating pain on the tattooed area, consult a physician immediately.

2. Do not scratch a newly tattooed skin even if it itches a lot.

3. As for clothing over the tattooed area, make sure you wear clean, loose fitting and comfortable clothes.


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