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How to care for a tattoo

Getting inked can be compared to having an open wound. Therefore, it is important that you let it heal properly.

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Once your tattoo is done, your arm or any part of your body will be bandaged. The tattoo artist would have applied an antibacterial ointment to prevent the area from getting infected.

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Leave the dressing on as instructed by your tattoo artist. The purpose is to prevent airborne substances from landing on your fresh tattoo and avoid an infection.

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Leave the dressing on as instructed by your tattoo artist. The purpose is to prevent airborne substances from landing on your fresh tattoo and avoid an infection.

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Non-stick dressings and plastic wraps are examples of different types of bandages used by tattoo artists. Although there are different views as to how long dressings should be kept, the duration will be anywhere from 4 to 24 hours.

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When it is time to remove the dressing, it is recommended to soak the area in warm water to loosen the bandage and prevent it from sticking on your skin. Wash the affected part with an antibacterial soap to remove all traces of blood and ink.

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You can also go under the shower if your tattoo covers a large area. Do not, however, expose the area to the strong water flow.

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You can also go under the shower if your tattoo covers a large area. Do not, however, expose the area to the strong water flow.

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Do not rub with a towel to avoid irritation. Instead, pat dry to remove moisture. Air dry your new tattoo to let it breathe.

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Apply ointment as recommended by your tattoo artist to ease the tightness of the skin. There are also commercial creams that will help in healing your tattoo.

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Continue to keep your tattoo clean and dry in the coming weeks. On average, healing will take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks.

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Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight during this period. In addition, you should not soak your tattoo in water or scratch it.

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Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight during this period. In addition, you should not soak your tattoo in water or scratch it.

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