The Do’s and Don’ts of a New Tattoo

Today we share some tips on what to avoid if your tattoo is new and how to care for it during the healing process. 

Follow your aftercare instructions, which the artist will give you, to ensure that the tattoo is moisturized and kept clean for a good few months, and avoid abrasive skin products. 

Avoiding the following behaviors will help make your tattoo look best now and in the future during the healing process and aftercare. 


  • Do not scratch or peck at your new tattoo until it is completely healed or scabs begin.
  • Direct sunlight during the healing of your new rope can have a detrimental effect on your skin and tattoo ink. Summer is the most difficult time of year for tattoos, and the sun can complicate new healing.
  • Do not wear sunscreen while your tattoo heals, as the chemicals and minerals can irritate your damaged skin. After two weeks, the skin heals completely, but the healing of tattoos can take 4-6 weeks. While the skin heals from a tattoo, it is best to avoid intense exercise.
  • It is best not to drink alcohol for at least 2 days after the tattoo and at least 3 days after the tattoo so that the skin can heal. 
  • It is best not to drink alcohol for at least 2 days after the tattoo and at least 3 days after the tattoo so that the skin can heal. Alcohol is a blood thinner and can slow down the healing of your new tattoo and increase the risk of infection. When you get a new work of art that stays on your body, the last thing that you want is to mess with the healing process or the tattoo itself. 


  • Depending on the type of bandage and aftercare you take during the healing process, and your tattooist’s instructions, bandages designed to protect a fresh wound should be removed within 3-24 hours of the ink ending and you should be back in the chair. New tattoos should not be exposed to direct sunlight until the tattoo has fully healed. 
  • Listen to the best practices of your tattooists to ensure that your body art heals properly, and use trusted aftercare products. When people say they are healing well, there is a good chance that they are looking for ways to use natural tattoo creams, balms, and lotions. 
  • Drink plenty of water at night before getting tattooed – you don’t want your skin to repel the ink when you’re dehydrated. And of course, you can shower and wash your new tattoo a couple of times a day, but I would encourage you not to dip it in a bath, hot tub, swimming pool, or saltwater. Water immersion can expose your new tattoos to a lot of bacteria, which increases the risk of infection. 
  • If abrasive or rough jeans are too fresh for a healing process, we recommend comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that lets the tattoo breathe.
  • Apply lotion daily for fast recovery. The best tattoo lotion to use works throughout the healing process not only to keep your tattoo hydrated but also to relieve annoying itching and irritation. This list on tattoolous.com can give a fair amount of hints on which lotion is best effective for you. If used correctly, the lotion should be used right at the beginning of the healing process, as it can help to shorten the healing time and eliminate persistent dryness and scabs.

Many people say they know how to speed up the healing process of tattoos, but they follow the instructions of the artist. Maintain your tattoo to avoid complications and make sure it heals properly. Stay away from mistakes people make during the healing process and do everything you can to ensure that your ink remains intact. 


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