A lot of people think getting a tattoo is a good way to show off their individuality and creativity. But this also includes intensively caring for your tattoo. Today, about every tenth German person in the age between 18 and 29 wears permanent color on their skin.
The tattoo is applied with the help of machines that pierce the paint into the middle layer of the skin with up to 10,000 pinpricks per minute. The skin is injured and a light wound is created, which is comparable to abrasion and therefore very prone to infections. This makes it important
that after tattooing the skin you should neither dry out nor soften the body part and still well care for the tattoo throughout the healing process. A special Tattoo cream is helpful for that.
It is important that the tattoo is washed regularly with lukewarm water. During healing, however, you can take a regular shower. The shower should just not be too hot and time-consuming, as this causes additional strain on the skin. After showering, the area should be gently dabbed with a towel. An important part of the healing process is besides keeping it clean and disinfected to take good care of it. To prevent crusts, experts recommend wet wound healing, which means keeping the wound constantly moist through regular cleaning and creaming.
The permanent skin painting should be regularly creamed with a tattoo cream and clean hands, especially if the skin is tense and dry. It is significant to find the right balance, so the skin does not soften. In the best case, the tattoo should be creamed three to five times a day. From person to person the healing period is different, but on average you should cream and care for the tattoo for about 14 days. A thin layer of a tattoo cream is completely enough, this should cover the whole tattoo, but you should still be able to see the design off the tattoo.
Things to consider in the first few weeks
The healing process takes about 14 days up to a month. Basically, there are a few things that are important during this time. The permanent painting needs, like a wound, air to heal well. To support the healing, it helps to wear airy clothes and spend time in the fresh air. Enclosing the tattoo with a foil can lead to itching, but it is important that you don’t scratch it! This interrupts the healing process and can later lead to scarring or even changes. Most tattoo artists advise their customers to have their tattoo done at the end of the year (autumn/winter), as the sun and general UV are not good. Also not recommended is chlorine and a lot of sweating because it softens the skin very much. In addition, a visit to the gym or general exercise in the first two weeks is not an option. A lot of physical exertion is not good for healing. A fact that many people do not know about is that a balanced diet and sufficient sleep strongly support the healing process.
What should you do in case of complaints?
Due to insufficient care (due to not enough creaming or unhygienic), a crust can form or, other complaints can happen, in which case you should immediately visit a doctor who will take care of it or inform your tattoo artist.