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How can you prevent problems from tattoo?

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You can lower your chances of a bad reaction to your tattoo:

  • Choose a professional tattoo parlor with the correct licensing for your state.
  • Ask to see the equipment and make sure everything is in sterile packaging.
  • Talk to your dermatologist first if you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching your new tattoo or the bandage the artist will use to cover it. Leave that bandage in place for 24 hours.
  • Don't scratch or pick at your tattoo while it heals.

From: Help! My Tattoo Has Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for tattooed skin,” “Dermatologist warns consumers about complications linked to newer tattoo inks.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Tattoo-associated skin reactions.”

FDA: “Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?”

The New England Journal of Medicine: “Tattoo Ink -- Related Infections -- Awareness, Diagnosis, Reporting, and Prevention.”

HealthGuidance: “Tattoo Ink Poisoning Symptoms.”

San Mateo County Health System: “Tattoo Aftercare.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tattoos and Piercings.”

Free Tattoo Designs: “Tattoo Care.”

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open: “Squamous-cell Carcinoma Arises in Red Parts of Multicolored Tattoo within Months.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 04, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for tattooed skin,” “Dermatologist warns consumers about complications linked to newer tattoo inks.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Tattoo-associated skin reactions.”

FDA: “Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?”

The New England Journal of Medicine: “Tattoo Ink -- Related Infections -- Awareness, Diagnosis, Reporting, and Prevention.”

HealthGuidance: “Tattoo Ink Poisoning Symptoms.”

San Mateo County Health System: “Tattoo Aftercare.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tattoos and Piercings.”

Free Tattoo Designs: “Tattoo Care.”

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open: “Squamous-cell Carcinoma Arises in Red Parts of Multicolored Tattoo within Months.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 04, 2019

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