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Why Does Ink Come Out of a Tattoo
Protecting New Tattoos
Ink left on the surface of your skin will transfer to the bandages of a fresh tattoo but will not impact the tattoo’s color. Too much healing ointment, however, will draw some of the ink out of your skin. Antibacterial ointment is an important part of the healing process, but don’t use more than your tattooist instructed you to use. Scabs pulled prematurely from your tattoo may take some ink with them, so avoid picking at them and let them fall off on their own. Cover the tattoo if need be to prevent clothing or bed sheets from disturbing scabs prematurely.
Although you paid a lot to have it put there, ink is a foreign substance and your body’s natural response is to try and remove it. The pigment breaks down over time and the immune system then carries it away through the lymph nodes. Your body won’t be able to remove all the ink, but it will get some. The natural process of renewing and sloughing off dead skin cells will also remove some of your ink as you age. The sun’s ultraviolet light speeds this process, so cover your tattoos with SPF 45 or higher sunblock.
How to Take Care of a New Tattoo
Tattoos are one of the hottest fashion trends out there. It seems everywhere that you look that people are getting tattoos in record numbers. You can see the amazing art of tattoos gracing the red carpet of the to celebrity events. You can even see tattoos on the soccer mo sitting next to you. The decision to get a tattoo is not one that should be taken lightly. This will be an amazing piece of artwork that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Once you have made the decision to get a tattoo and have sat through the time it takes to have it applied to your skin, you need to think about caring for your new tattoo. Follow these steps to care for your new tattoo and keep it looking new and fresh. Step One
When you get home from getting your tattoo you will want to wait an hour before you remove the wrap that the tattoo artist applied to your artwork. The wound is fresh and needs time to heal a little before you start to take care of it. Carefully remove the wrap. Your tattoo will be sore and can hurt if you pull the wrap off too fast. Use this technique to clean your new tattoo daily.
Wash your tattoo with antibacterial soap. This is an open wound and you need to make sure that you kill any bacteria that may be present. Bacteria will cause your tattoo to become infected. Use a soft washcloth to wash your tattoo. Your tattoo will be tender and needs to be treated with items that are as soft as you can get.
Pat dry you tattoo after you have rinsed off the soap. Take a vitamin E capsule and break it in half. Rub the content of the vitamin E capsule over your tattoo. Use as many capsules as needed to completely cover your tattoo. The vitamin E will help to moisturize your skin and promote a healthy scar free healing of your tattoo. You can use a moisturizer that has vitamin E in it. Stay away from anything that is scented. This can cause a reaction with your open wound and destroy your tattoo. Reapply the vitamin E 3 to 4 times a day while your tattoo heals.
Keep your tattoo out of the sun. The sunlight can fade a tattoo. If you can not keep your tattoo covered by clothing when you are out in the sun, you will need to apply a sunscreen to it. Use at least an SPF of 15 to protect your tattoo from the sun.
Do not scratch your tattoo. As your tattoo heals it will become very itching. This is a sign that it is healing. Any wound that you have will go through this process. Scratching can cause the tattoo not to heal correctly and to possibly get infected. Single mother of one, she uses many of her own experiences to fill her writing. View profile