There are a lot of people who have tattoos. Tattoos are not just for bikers anyone. Anyone from young teenagers to old grandmothers can be found in the tattoo polar getting some new ink work. Tattoo may be cool to look at but they do have an affect on the skin. Tattoo needles are burning this coloring and the design into the skin. There are some important skin care tips that a person needs to know before they get the tattoo and how to take care of both their skin and the tattoo once they get it.
Take Care of Redness and SwellingAfter a person gets a tattoo their skin is going to be red and swollen around the site of the tattoo. If a person has sensitive skin the redness and swelling can last for several weeks. There are some things that a person can do to reduce the redness and speed up the healing process. A person keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight until it is completely healed. Exposure to the sun can increase inflammation around the tattoo. Depending on what part of the body the tattoo is on it can be covered with protective clothing. If it is the summer a person will have to stay out of the sun and stay in the shade as well. If a person is outdoors a lot they should wait until the weather is cooler so they will not have a problem covering up.
Stay HydratedA tattoo is going to be dry and itchy. As it heals the body will produce scabs over the tattoo. When the body is healing the tattoo and the area around it the skin will become very dry and itchy. A person should never scratch the area of the tattoo. This can do a lot of damage. They may end up remove some of the color or the fine detail that has went into the tattoo. What a person can do is to keep the tattoo and the skin around it hydrated. The tattoo artists will often recommend an antibacterial cream that should be applied to the tattoo. This will reduce the chance of an infection and give the healing skin the moisture it is going to need. When a person is finished getting a tattoo the artist will put this cream on and cover it. A person should keep the tattoo covered for the specific amount of time they were instructed to. While the tattoo is healing they should contain to apply the antibacterial cream at least twice a day. When the tattoo is healed a low moisture cream can be applied to keep the skin hydrated.
Keep and Eye out For InfectionsEven after the tattoo is healed keep an eye on the skin to make sure infections do not develop. Common infections are redness, puss, and small red bumps on the tattoo. If the tattoos has yellow or red in it pay close attention for these red bumps as they more likely to develop on this area. If a person feels they have an infection or are having pain around the tattoo once it is healed they should contact a doctor. The doctor can give them medicine or creams to treat the infection. They can also rule out more serious health conditions that may be showing up. To avoid the chance of developing an infection even after the tattoo is healed be sure to wear sunblock over it when heading outside. Also avoid tanning beds. They can increase the chance of an infections.
Many people enjoy tattoos and want to get at least one. While this is fine make sure the tattoo shops is reputable. Be sure to ask if they use new needles on every customer and check the place out to see how cleanly. Be sure to get references of now only how their work is but how they operate as far as safety standards. Be sure to follow the skin care directions from the tattoo artist to make sure it heals correctly and with the least amount of skin problems. Following these tips can help reduce the chance of infection and keep the skin and the tattoo looking great over the year.