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What NOT to do after you get a tattoo

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

So you've finally gotten your tattoo, and you've moved on from the tattoo artist and their tattoo shop Fort Worth, Tx. What next?

Now it's time to take care of your new skin-based investment in body art!

Tattoos can be ruined in the very first month after they are gotten by doing any of the behaviors

discussed below.

In order to maintain your tattoo looking its best for as long as possible, you should avoid the following

six common mistakes.

1. Observing No Tattoo Postcare

It's startling how often individuals fail to follow the standard precautions for proper tattoo aftercare

after the tattoo artist's sterile bandage and any remaining ink have been removed.

Even if you choose the dry healing method of tattoo aftercare, you still need to wash your tattoo with

soap 3 times a day to clean the wound and observe additional care to make sure that it heals properly.

The discomfort and expense of obtaining a flash new tattoo may not be worth it to some people, who

disregard the possibility of infection, discoloration, and color dropout when the bandage is removed.

2. Exposure to Direct Sunlight

Your skin and the tattoo ink can be damaged if you expose them to direct sunlight while they are


In some cases, it may be difficult to cover up your body art or keep it away from sunlight because of

factors like your career, educational background, or the climate in which you live. Be sure to use a small supply of tattoo-specific 30+ SPF sunscreen and always carry it in your pocket or purse so that it may be reapplied when necessary.

3. Touching, Picking, Scratching, and Rubbing

You'll witness the most tattoo scabbing and peeling towards the end of the first week after getting it


It's critical that you refrain from picking, poking, prodding, or scratching at your skin during this phase of the healing process, when your tattoo feels and looks its worst.

If you make a mistake during this step, you run the risk of destroying the ink and causing scarring,

discoloration, or even infection.

Whenever it comes into contact with water, use a soft cloth or fresh paper towels to clean it off and pat

it dry completely. If you want to obtain the best results from your healing ink, you should treat it


4. Shaving

Depending on the placement of your new tattoo, this advise may not be applicable. However, you

should generally avoid shaving in areas where you've recently had a body art, such as beneath your arm or on your face, neck, scalp, legs etc.

It's never a good idea to use a razor on a fresh wound, no matter how sharp it is. It's possible that while the wound is healing, you could cause further irritations by scraping off the healing scabs too soon.

After roughly a month of healing, you should be able to shave again once the scabs have come off and

the linework has also shed completely.

5. Excessive Water Exposure

During the tattoo aftercare process, you can get your tattoo wet, but don't soak in any water for at least 3 weeks or until the tattoo is fully healed.

The tattooed region can become infected or the healing process becomes slowed down as a result of

water entering the wound. By implication, this could lengthen the time it takes for the tattoo to heal or

require the ink to be corrected or treated.

Swimming pools typically contain chemicals, and a large number of people use them. People who swim in chlorinated water and the toxins they carry can have serious effects for the wound.

Bacteria and other impurities in natural water sources (both salt and fresh water) equally increase the

risk of infection. You should avoid them for the same amount of time as you would stay away from a

chlorine-based swimming pool after getting a new tattoo.

6. Don't wear tight-fitting clothing that doesn't allow for good ventilation.

You need to allow your tattoo to breathe. Tight clothing can cause chafing, rubbing, and sweating by

clinging to your skin or reducing ventilation, which can lead to discomfort.

Do your best to steer clear of clothing that uses technology to keep you dry during exercise and other


In hot climates, loose-fitting clothes that doesn't restrict air movement and your limbs should be worn.

But if you reside in an area that has cold weather, make sure that the clothing you wear next to your

skin is made of a fabric that is breathable and allows better moisture flow.

As A Concluding Note

While following the tips in this article will increase the likelihood of your tattoo healing well, it is

important to remember that risk cannot be completely eliminated. Even if you follow all the instructions carefully, you may still have issues with your healing tattoo.

Your tattoo artist or the shop where you got inked should be your first port of call if you have any issues during the healing process. Any concerns you may have about the healing process can be addressed by them, and they can also refer you to the doctor for medical intervention if necessary.

At Lotattoo, our fort worth tattoo artist well definitely have a personal stake in seeing your finished

tattoo come to life. Why don't you contact us today?

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