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How to Clean a New Tattoo?

Proper Tattoo Aftercare Cleaning

Supplies You’ll Need
When caring for a new tattoo, having the right supplies on hand is key. Be sure to have fragrance-free anti-bacterial soap, fragrance-free moisturizer, paper towels or soft clean cloths, and non-stick bandages ready before starting the healing process. Gathering supplies ahead of time makes tattoo aftercare a breeze.

Gently Remove the Original Bandage

After leaving your new ink bandaged for the first few hours, it’s time to let your tattoo breathe! Slowly peel back the bandage, trying not to tear off any scabs in the process. Take your time and be gentle – no need to rush this step. Reveal your beautiful new artwork and get ready to see it sparkle after its first cleaning.

Carefully Wash the Tattoo

Roll up those sleeves and lather up with a dime-sized drop of fragrance-free anti-bacterial soap, then slowly and gently clean the tattoo. Let the water flow over your ink lightly, without directly rubbing. You’ll want to wash away any excess ink and plasma, but harsh scrubbing can damage healing skin. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat dry with a paper towel. Repeat this cleansing ritual two to three times a day as healing continues.

Moisturize to Hydrate

After patting your tattoo dry, apply a tiny amount of fragrance-free moisturizer. Unscented lotions free of lanolin or petroleum, like those from tattoo shops, work wonderfully. Delicately smooth the moisturizer over the tattooed area in a barely-there motion. The goal is to provide much-needed hydration without irritating the skin. Reapply whenever your tattoo feels a bit dry. If you have concerns about your tattoo, including why it might feel raised, you can also find more information here.

Bandage and Protect

Once cleaning and moisturizing is complete, cover your tattoo with a non-stick bandage or plastic wrap. This protects it from clothing, sweat, pets, and anything else lurking about. Bandages should be breathable and changed daily. Leave them on for about 3-5 days after getting inked, then air exposure can begin. Enjoy showing off your body art sans bandages!

There you have it – a simple, step-by-step guide to caring for and cleaning new tattoos. Follow these tips as directed by your artist for best results. With proper aftercare, your ink will stay eye-catching and vibrant for years to come. If you’re looking for tattoo ideas or inspiration, check out our article on how to get tattoo ideas.

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