It can take up to six weeks for a new tattoo to heal. There are four things that could ruin your new tattoo during the healing phase.
Bad Art by a Bad Artist
Unskilled artists can ruin your new tattoo. Skills do not refer to an artist’s artistic abilities. It would refer to the tattoo artists’ application and procedure skills. Everyone’s skin is different. Skin can be healthy, unhealthy, plump, or loose; it can also be oily and dry. Skin thickness, surface, and tightness can vary across our bodies. These variations can have an adverse effect on the way ink is absorbed into your skin.
This can be further exacerbated by an inexperienced artist.
The post-procedure wrap protects your skin from infection, as we have discussed. After the tattoo is removed, clean your skin and follow proper aftercare instructions. This will ensure that your new tattoo heals quickly and without infection.
Avoid touching tattoo ink during healing. Dirty hands can easily transfer germs and dirt to your new tattoo (open wound).
A Fresh Tattoo
A new tattoo can be infected if it is covered with sheets or blankets. Hidden germs can lurk in the bed, which is why you don’t want them to enter an open wound. As mentioned above, your skin must breathe.
A breathable medical wrap can also be used to help you sleep. It is important to take it off as soon as possible so that blood and plasma don’t accumulate.
Cleaning and Excessive Water Exposure
It is important to keep a new tattoo clean. Never submerge a new tattoo in water. Avoid excessive water exposure when you shower. The skin acts as a sponge and absorbs water. This can cause damage to the tattoo.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.