How Do You Take Care of a Tattoo?

The first step in taking care of a tattoo is to leave the bandage on for at least two hours after it's finished. This is essential because bacteria in the air can cause an infection. Saran wrap should be removed and replaced with a breathable bandage. After removing the bandage, it's important to wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and a gentle antimicrobial or antibacterial liquid soap.

Clean and rinse the area thoroughly to remove any blood, plasma and ointment. Avoid using any sort of washcloth or sponge. After washing, use a clean towel or paper towel to gently pat the area until it's completely dry. Next, apply a thin film of ointment, ideally an ointment enriched with vitamins A and D.

After five days of applying ointment, it's safe to use a dye- and fragrance-free lotion to keep the tattoo moist. Be sure to clean the tattoo on a regular basis. Scabbing is normal, as long as it's not excessive. Apply a clean, warm, moist washcloth to the scabbed area one or two times per day to make the scabs fall off naturally. Showering with a tattoo is safe, but avoid submerging the tattoo in water for the first three weeks.