All new tattoos need special care during the first few weeks. In order to properly care for your new tattoo you need antibacterial soap and water, a vitamin-enriched or antibacterial ointment, and 30 SPF sunscreen.Continue Reading
If your tattoo artist has put a bandage on your new tattoo, leave it alone for a minimum of 2 hours to help prevent infection.
Don't use a washcloth or abrasive material to clean your tattoo. Use your hand and antibacterial soap. Don't rub to dry the area. Pat dry with a clean towel.
Warm compresses can be used to soften scabs and reduce peeling. In addition, antibiotic ointment can be used to help reduce peeling and scabbing. Neosporin, however, is not recommended for tattoos.
It's okay to take a shower or get your tattoo wet, but don't submerge it in water for prolonged periods of time. Do not take baths or go swimming for 2 to 3 weeks.
From here on out, use sunscreen to protect your tattoo during long periods in the sun. The minimum protection recommended is 30 SPF.