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The bandage is off my new tattoo. How can I help it heal?

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To help your tattoo heal after the bandage is off:

Do this for 2 to 4 weeks. Avoid very hot water, swimming, and the sun for about 2 weeks. Wear a physical blocker sunscreen with at least 7% zinc oxide sunscreen during the daylight hours and/or cover it up (with clothing, a bandage).

It’s normal for a tattoo to scab. But never pick, scratch, or peel it. You could get an infection or remove the color. If you think your tattoo isn’t healing properly, see a doctor.

  • Wash your tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently pat dry
  • Reapply an antibacterial/Vaseline ointment. 
  • Apply a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tattoos: Understand Risks and Precautions.”

Inked Magazine, “9 Essential Tips for Tattoo Aftercare.”

JAMA Dermatology : “The Need for Greater Regulation, Guidelines, and a Consensus Statement for Tattoo Aftercare.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tattoos: Understand Risks and Precautions.”

Inked Magazine, “9 Essential Tips for Tattoo Aftercare.”

JAMA Dermatology : “The Need for Greater Regulation, Guidelines, and a Consensus Statement for Tattoo Aftercare.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 6, 2019

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