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What should I do in the first 24 hours after getting a tattoo?

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Follow these steps while your new tattoo heals:

  • Be sure the tattoo has a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage.
  • Remove the bandage after 24 hours, wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water, and pat dry.

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 06, 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 06, 2019

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