Types of Tattoo Aftercare Products
Listed below are a few of the most commonly recommended types of ointment used on new tattoos:
Diaper Rash Ointment
Originally formulated to prevent diaper rash, this ointment contains lanolin and Vitamins A and D which should be gentle enough for everyday use. Some products contain Pro-vitamin B5 which aids the natural recovery of the skin by sealing up the open tattoo wounds, providing a thin protective layer on the sensitive area.
Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil
Cocoa butter contains Vitamin E which promotes healthy skin growth. Coconut oil is an even more organic option as compared to others as it contains natural ingredients necessary for skin repair.
Healing Ointment Skin Protectant
Uniquely formulated to restore smoothness on cracked or dry skin, this provides a protective and breathable layer and is often used as a moisturizer to heal and treat minor skin irritations.
Tattoo Aftercare Salve
Known to contain all natural ingredients, this aftercare ointment – as what the creators claim – is specifically “developed to provide the best possible aftercare for your tattoos”. Its special formulation is known to heal and protect new tattoos.
Primarily used on cuts and wounds to prevent infection, the zinc ointment is used after cleansing to treat tattoo wounds and has antibacterial properties to keep open skin from getting infected.
Consists of the active ingredient hydrocortisone, this topical corticosteroid cream is an alternative solution to reduce skin inflammation, relieve itchiness and prevent redness and irritation.
How to Select a Tattoo Ointment?
Choosing a good tattoo aftercare product is just as important as choosing the artist and finding that one great design. Learning about various tattoo aftercare myths and practices from several resources, however, can be quite overwhelming and coming up with a decision on which product to use may just be as confusing at times.
It is important to invest in a good product that would ensure proper healing rather than spend more for touch ups as a result of poor aftercare.
Pay close attention to what your tattoo artist tells you
After several years of tattoo experience, your artist should know what’s best and it’s imperative that you pay close attention to what they tell you to do, what products can they recommend and what you should avoid doing on your new tattoo. They wouldn’t want to mess with their reputation by giving you a tattoo that doesn’t end well.
Avoid Using Petroleum Jelly
Though petroleum jelly has excellent moisturizing properties for healing cracked and dry skin, these products are never advisable as they tend to pull the ink away, clogs pores and may eventually lead to bacteria buildup and infection as it traps dirt on the surface.
Find the formula that works best for you
Do you prefer a product that’s hypo-allergenic? Are you looking to ease the redness and itchiness on the tattooed area? Are you concerned about the ointment’s anti-bacterial properties? Always consider these things when choosing the right product.
Some may be after a product’s moisturizing and healing properties while others may find the consistency of these products too thick and greasy. Depending own your preference, however, a lot of options are available and it’s just a matter of finding out what works for you.
How to Apply a Tattoo Ointment?
Wash Your Hands
Always bear in mind to wash your hands thoroughly before letting it anywhere near your tattoo. Your skin is vulnerable to contaminants when it’s new and may get irritated at the slightest touch. It’s important that your hands are always clean to avoid infection.
Clean up your tattoo
Use a mild, antibacterial soap and make sure to remove excess plasma to prevent scabs from building up on the surface. Cleansing often is vital for the healthy healing of wounds as it allows the skin to heal faster and it prevents bacteria buildup.
Dab, Don’t Rub
Gently pat your skin dry with a clean, dry piece of cloth or paper towel but avoid wiping it dry. Just a simple dab would do. The skin already sensitive and may only get irritated when rubbed.
Less is More
Avoid applying a thick layer of ointment over your tattoo. Just gloss it over with a thin coat on the surface, just enough for your skin to absorb. Should you notice that you applied too much, just simply dab the surface to take out the excess product.
Massage your skin gently when applying the tattoo ointment. Doing this enables your skin to absorb the product better. Just make sure not to tug on the skin too much.
It is advised to repeat the process every few hours within the first 3 days. This period is critical for the healing process of your tattoo. You may then switch to using an unscented lotion or moisturizer in place of the tattoo ointment when the critical period of intensive care ends.
How Does a Tattoo Ointment Work?
Like any other minor wound, a tattoo would pretty much just heal on its own if we let nature take its course.
It does, however, tend to dry up the skin along the process and this can turn bad in some cases for it results to scabbing, flaking and itching, and this can be barely tolerable for most.
The aftercare plays a vital role in protecting the artwork, enhancing the ink and preserving the look of your tattoo from the day you got it until such time when it’s totally healed.
Tattoo ointments are used to prevent irritation by trapping moisture into the topmost layer of the skin and as well as to minimize swelling and redness around the area where the tattoo is placed.
It gently heals the wound and prevents infection as it leaves a light protective layer on the skin without clogging the pores. This allows the skin to breathe, letting the oxygen to freely pass through.
Depending on your own preference, you can use a specialty product specifically designed to aid the healing process of tattoos but in reality, just about any product recommended by your tattoo artist would work fine.