What Should You Put on a New Tattoo?


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A new tattoo must remain covered by a bandage for at least two hours. Don't use plastic wrap to cover your new tattoo. After the bandage is removed, use an antibacterial ointment, lotion or specialty product such as Tattoo Goo to help heal and protect the freshly tattooed skin.

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After you remove the bandage, wash your new tattoo with lukewarm water and a mild liquid soap. An antibacterial or antimicrobial soap, such as Satin or Provon, is preferred. Use your hand, rather than a washcloth or anything abrasive, to gently remove the slippery plasma to prevent scabbing.

After patting dry, use an A and D vitamin-enriched ointment or an antibacterial ointment, such as Bacitracin. Don’t use Neosporin on a new tattoo, because an allergic reaction can result in small red spots on the skin which can damage your ink.

If you use a lotion to help keep the tattooed skin soft, use one that is free of dyes and fragrances. Eucerin and Lubriderm are two popular options. Specialty tattoo after-care products, such as Tattoo Goo and H2Ocean, are alternative to over-the-counter lotions and ointments.

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