Tattoos use mechanical needles to penetrate the skin and inject pigment directly under the epidermis. Like any surgical procedure, it has a significant impact on the appearance of your skin and its subsequent treatment should be carefully considered.
Post-tattoo skincare can be the key to healthy-looking skin after the procedure. Instead of applying tattoo lotion after the tattoo is done, try a thin coat of petroleum jelly on tattoo.
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It's also non-comedogenic, so it doesn't make oily or combination skin worse. Learn more about the causes and treatments for oily or combination skin.
The next day, remove the bandage and gently wash the tattoo area with mild liquid soap and warm water. Do not scrub with a towel, sponge, or loofah. Dry with a clean, soft cloth and moisten with another thin layer of petroleum jelly. Leave the bandage on to let the skin dry.
Wash and rehydrate 3-5 times a day. Keep the tattoo out of the sun for the next month and resist the urge to scratch and peel the skin. Depending on the size and design, complete healing can take up to four weeks. Keep following the care instructions after your tattoo to keep your skin clean, dry, and hydrated.
When your tattoo is completely healed, be sure to always condition the area hydrated with petroleum jelly and a high SPF sunscreen. Tattoos can also fade in the sun long after they heal.