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Answer To Some Frequently Asked Questions On Tattoos

Posted by Ann V. On 2018 Apr 13th

Answer To Some Frequently Asked Questions On Tattoos

Tattoos are becoming increasingly famous and in USA, there are at least 21% Americans with one or more tattoos. But does the tattoo process finishes as soon as you step out of the tattoo salon? After choosing the tattoo design and getting the ink done at tattoo salon, tattoo aftercare is one of the most important parts of the inking journey.

Getting a tattoo basically passes through 5 stages: SHAPE

  • S-Selection of design and tattoo artist.
  • H-Healthy diet.
  • A-Aftercare of the tattoo.
  • P-Pain.
  • E-Eagerness of getting a tattoo.

All these five stags play a crucial role to get you a tattoo of a lifetime. Out of all these 5 stages, Aftercare of tattoo is one of the stages that demands proper care of tattoo by following the instructions of tattoo artist strictly.

The article tries to answer the few frequently asked questions on new tattoos that can be beneficial for you.

1. Should You Put Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) On New Tattoos?

A new tattoo is open to many infections and germs. A tattoo takes birth after the design is made by tattoo artists by inserting inks, dyes as well as pigments, both indelible and temporary. All these mentioned ingredients are inserted into the dermis layer of the skin to bring change in the skin pigment. As the tattoo is new, it is advised not to soak it in the water. But is it advisable to use Vaseline on a new tattoo?

Yes, you can use Vaseline on your new tattoo but only on specific occasions. During the time of th shower, it is advised to coat the tattooed area with Vaseline to save the affected area from the water. However, it is advised to use Vaseline carefully, otherwise, it will develop a moist pocket which will become home to air, that will be trapped between Vaseline and skin. Eventually, your tattoo will attract lots of germs and infections which will keep on multiplying.

2. Why Is My Tattoo Bumpy & Raised During Or After Healing?

Earlier the tattoo ink is known to be composed of metal salts, lead cobalt and carbon but with advancements, many modern tattoo inks' composition changed and contains organic azo dyes with plastic-based pigments. Such pigments find their application also in industries like printing, textiles and car paint. So it is still an oblivious fact that how these inks interact with the skin and within the body.
Although a raised and bumpy tattoo is normal during the healing stage it is a sign of infection or some other problem if it persists even after the healing phase of the tattoo. Besides a raised and bumpy tattoo, there are also chances that you may get mild or severe rashes alongside other symptoms. When symptoms are severe, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately.

3. Is Cocoa Butter Good For Using On New & Old Tattoos?

In order to keep the new tattoo moisturized and healthy, many people tend to buy expensive moisturizing and healing products to keep their ink in good condition. But to their surprise, nature has already provided with few alternatives that can perform the same role effectively. One such alternative is Cocoa Butter.

Just like many other natural kinds of butter and essential oils like coconut oil, cocoa butter is great for your skin too when rubbed into an area that requires care and special attention. Thanks to its hydrating and moisturizing properties.

But it is to be noted that the best time to start the use of cocoa butter is when your tattoo has finishes scabbing over and has started to peel. Then is the time to start the use of cocoa butter.

During the first few days of your new tattoo, your skin most sensitive and cocoa, being the strong butter, may result in rash and irritation to the area. So, the perfect time to start the application of cocoa butter is once your tattoo has begun peeling.

4. Tattoo Fading - What You Should Do To Prevent Faded Tattoos

In order to make sure that your tattoo does not fade easily, the foremost instruction is to thoroughly follow the aftercare directions your tattoo artist provided you. Don’t even think to remove the bandage before the allotted time he specified to you and keep your tattoo covered until the given time.

Restrain yourself from picking at or scratching any scabs that may appear on your tattoo during the healing process. You may feel an urge to scratch your scabs but honestly, it is the easiest way to ruin your tattoo. So, let your tattoo heal in a natural way and let the scabs fall off naturally.

Apart from this, colors also play an important role in tattoo fading. Color tattoos tend to fade if you don’t take good care of them. Light colors are likely to fade quicker than the darker colors.

The tattoo is not one man’s job. Together, you and your tattoo artist play an important role to give birth to a healthy and good-looking tattoo. So, choose your tattoo design and tattoo artist wisely and follow all his instructions strictly.