Tattoos have become very fashionable in recent years, to become a true art without any doubt away from those tattoos that were usually made in the eighties and nineties, and that had nothing beautiful. In fact, today it is very common to see great works of art on the skin, and large not just because of the size but because of the care and care with which the tattoo artist worked on it.
If you think about tattooing the skin, it is very important to keep in mind some questions or basic elements beforehand. And it is that tattooing can become an extremely dangerous task for our health, especially if we do not worry about doing it in a safe place and if above all we do not take the most appropriate precautions. Did you know that if we do not tattoo in a safe place, that we follow all the precautions and hygienic and health care required by law, we run the risk of catching infectious diseases as serious as hepatitis or AIDS ?.
For this reason, it is fundamental to first tattoo our skin in a tattoo shop authorized by the different sanitary authorities, as well as to verify by ourselves that the appropriate measures are taken to avoid the contagion of infectious diseases: to make sure that new and disposable needles are used , that the tattooist washes his hands with antibacterial soap and in turn uses disposable latex gloves and that in turn disinfects the work surfaces and cleans them before and after use.
But once we have made the tattoo it is important to know how we should take care of the skin, to avoid possible infections and help our skin to heal better, and as it should properly and correctly.
Tips for skin care after having a tattoo
After having made a tattoo it is essential to maintain a series of basic care, given that being a wound on our skin it must heal properly so that the ink is "trapped" inside once it has finished healing completely. In this way we will avoid the discomfort -and the pain- of having to re-tattoo ourselves again.
Keep the tattoo bandaged and covered for at least the first 24 hours
One of the main recommendations is try to keep the tattoo covered and bandaged during the first day , especially during at least the first 24 hours. It can be with a bandage or a large band-aid. The objective is to keep the skin well covered and protected from sunlight, dust and bacteria. Of course, you should clean your skin well and wash it conveniently at least two or three times a day.
It is convenient - and better - that it is thick, absorbent and non-stick material. For the rest, as we will see in a next section, it is appropriate to keep the bandage at night until the skin heals well, to avoid staining the sheets or blankets on the bed while we sleep.
Clean and wash the tattoo several times a day
After 2 or 3 hours have elapsed after having the tattoo done, it is time to Clean and wash your tattoo well to remove the ink that has left the skin. For this you can use neutral soap and warm water, and use your hands to clean the entire area well, removing traces of blood and ink.
Then, once you have finished, dry the skin with small taps with the help of a gauze or a towel. It is very important that the skin is completely dry.
Apply a moisturizer or natural antibiotic
After you have removed the bandage and cleaned the skin well it is time to apply a cream as natural as possible. For example, among the tattoo industry, a moisturizing cream made by several tattoo artists has been very fashionable, and it stands out for containing only natural ingredients. It is ideal because helps moisturize and heal the skin better . You can also choose Bepanthol, another of the most popular creams because it helps with scarring.
On the other hand, Antibiotic creams help prevent infections , but only the tattooist should advise you as it can cause reactions. In this sense, in most cases it is enough just to be very careful and clean it well, using only the moisturizer.
Leave the tattoo on the air
It is not advisable to cover or bandage the tattoo after having spent the first hours after doing it. Being a wound is very important leave the skin outdoors , very useful to avoid infection by microbes that multiply in poorly oxygenated wounds.
You will see how little by little the tattoo will heal and in just a few days it will not release blood or ink. Then, in about a month the tattoo will have completely healed.