What is Tattoo Aftercare and what do we recommend?

– As it reads, Tattoo aftercare is the process of care you need to take as soon as you get your tattoo. As far as my experience goes, after-care varies from country to country, city to city, it also depends on what kind of climate you live in, what’s the weather like, humidity, hot/cold, etc. Your tattoo artist knows the best so it is important you listen to him/her carefully while he/she is explaining the tattoo aftercare process, probe him/her if you don’t understand it, but make sure you get it all right.

Following are the 2 different aftercare processes which I recommend, which are quite generic and works in all climatic condition most of the time.

(RECOMMENDED) Tattoo After Care – First one consist of the use of An’D This is the best and most effective way of tattoo aftercare and works in all climatic conditions (excluding extreme ones).

  1. As soon as you get your tattoo done, wash it with cold water and put a thin layer of petroleum jelly or An’ D Ointment over it and let it be open for few minutes (at least 20 mins).
  2. Clean it again with mild soap, let it dry for a few minutes and apply An’ D.
  3. Keep the A n’D on for 5 to 7 Days.
  4. Remove it carefully. If you find it hard to remove the wrap then please consult your tattoo artist and get it removed by him/her.
  5. Wash it with mild soap and let it be open without applying anything for a few hours.
  6. If your tattoo feels mild itchiness, do not scratch, gently pat on the itchy area till the itching subsides.
  7. Keep away from swimming pool, sunlight and beach water for the first 4 weeks ( also read Life Time After Care)
  8. No exercise or gym activity for the first 2 weeks, avoid sweating as much as you can.
  9. Eat good food, add more protein in your meal. Avoid food which may cause stomach/digestion issues. Green veggies are the best for good healing of tattoos.
  10. Keep yourself hydrated, it keeps your skin moist and healthy.
  11. Avoid alcohol and stay away from recreational drugs for at least 3 days, first 3 days are very crucial for better healing.
  12. Considering the climate of Punjab, India and the lifestyle of Indians we recommend anti-biotic medicine twice a day for 5 days with the consultation of your doctor.
  13. If you feel that your tattoo is infected, consult your tattoo artist and a doctor.