How to heal a tattoo: care and home remedies for the wound

Tattoos are, rather than ornaments, a way of understanding life, in the most superficial, it is still a wound. Therefore, we show you how to heal a tattoo.

When we get a tattoo we have to be aware that the tattoo artist has been introducing different inks into our skin with very fine needles, therefore, the healing and healing process will take time.

Do you remember when we talked about the different ways to heal a navel piercing? Well now we will see how to heal a tattoo.

Tattoo care

First of all, it is essential to follow the instructions of the tattoo artist to the letter. We must know that it is important to go to a Tattoo Ointments, with proven hygiene and professionalism, because true tattoo artists are professional and serious people, and with them you can be sure that you will not be in any danger.

When we leave his study, he will have cleaned the area well and will have applied an antibacterial ointment, to avoid infections. And then, we will have covered it with a dressing that should remain on our tattoo for at least two hours.

A tattoo can take about a week to heal, although there will always be a series of cares that we must take into account for the future, especially if we do gymnastics, and also if we like to sunbathe or bathe on the beach.

How to care for a tattoo: first cure

Once we have removed the dressing, we will let the Tattoo Aftercare cream be in the air for the next 24 hours, and we will only cover it to shower and that the skin does not come in contact with the water.

For the care of the tattoo we must be very attentive to cleaning and healing at least 2 or 3 times a day, that is, every 8 hours, for at least the first week, until we see that it is healing.

For cleaning, we will first wash our hands very well, and proceed to wash the tattoo with cold water and a neutral soap, without any smell or perfume, rubbing gently with the fingertips, without using sponges or cloths. We will feel a great relief with wet and fresh skin. We then dry with a soft cotton towel, without rubbing, simply placing it carefully on top of the tattoo, to let it absorb the water. Then we will apply a healing ointment that the tattoo artist has recommended. We must apply a very thin layer and let it dry in the air, so that it penetrates well into the skin. Afterwards, we will cover the tattoo with a dressing to protect it.

How to cure the tattoo: the first 7 to 10 days

To cure the tattoo we must repeat this operation every 8 hours for at least a week. We will notice that like any wound that heals, it will itch because the skin is regenerating, but we must avoid scratching to avoid damaging ourselves.

Among the care for the tattoo, we must know that if in three days it bothers and the inflammation does not go down, it is important to go to the tattoo artist. Maybe she's gotten infected, and we need to go to the doctor. The safest thing, if this happens, is that they prescribe antibiotics, but the care of the tattoo in the first weeks will always be neutral soap and healing cream.

During the following days (at least twelve) we will continue with the same procedure, and we will leave the tattoo in the air more and more frequently. We must bear in mind that the tattoo creams will be those that the tattoo artist tells us, since not all creams are worth it. The creams based oil such as petrolatum are too thick and can clog the pores of the skin or cause ink ejection before the tattoo can be cured, and in addition it may discolor.

After 10 or 12 days, we can wash the tattoo directly with the shower water, and keep it in the air. We can now wear it without problem and without the need to cover it to protect it.

Tricks and home remedies to care for a tattoo

In addition to the care already mentioned to know how to care for a tattoo, there are a series of tricks and home remedies, as well as warnings, that we must follow to the letter so as not to damage our tattoo and that it always looks beautiful:

• Although we may be tempted to scratch when it is healing, we should not. When it heals, scabs will form, which is normal, and if we scratch them, we can create holes or spots and we can infect it. It is best to use a moisturizing cream that refreshes us and combats persistent itchiness.

• When the tattoo is freshly done, we must avoid bathing in beaches or swimming pools, because water can damage its appearance due to salt and chlorine. Once the tattoo is settled on our skin, we can bathe and wet the tattoo without any problem.

• We must protect tattoos from the sun, when they are new. To take care of a tattoo in conditions, we must not let the sun shine, nor expose ourselves to it because it can cause blisters on the skin. Also, ink is a chemical product, and the tattoo can fade. In the first months, and if it coincides with the months of sun and beach, we must keep our tattoo covered.

• If we practice sports or some type of gymnastics, nothing happens if we practice daily and regularly. But if we do bodybuilding sports, we must know that, at first, we would have to do a very mild sport, since muscle development can negatively affect the tattoo being slightly deformed and not keeping the desired proportions.