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Basic care when getting a tattoo

Are you planning to get a tattoo or have you already done it? The basic care that you maintain afterwards is essential for a good healing and a better result. We discover them for you.

More and more people are betting on getting a tattoo in different areas of their body. If we refer to the definition of tattoo, it is about drawing on the skin through punctures with which color pigments are introduced into the dermis, the layer that is under the epidermis.

Therefore, it must be taken into account that the tattoo is an open wound on which special attention must be paid in order to avoid infections in the short or long term.

What to consider before getting the tattoo:

Caring for a tattoo begins long before you actually get your tattoo. A series of tips must be evaluated so as not to endanger health.

In the first place, it is essential that you choose the appropriate establishment where you are going to do it; it is important that it complies with the minimum hygienic-sanitary requirements, as well as that the facilities have the necessary equipment and that it is clean. With the rise of tattoos, many “pirate” establishments have appeared, so we recommend taking special care with them.

Second, if you have any type of skin injury such as a scar or mole, it is best to avoid these areas when getting a tattoo.

And finally, we advise you to think carefully about the area of ​​the body where the tattoo will be done. There is a tendency to think that the same drawing remains the same regardless of the area in which it is tattooed, but this is not the case. For example, if you bet on the neck, where the skin is more elastic, it is very likely that over the years the pattern will deform. As for the hands, they are continuously exposed to natural light and friction, so the tattoo tends to wear out quickly.

As for the areas of the body, it must also be noted that there are some more painful than others. Generally, the pain when getting a tattoo is more intense in those areas where there are bones such as the ribs; On the other hand, others like the forearm hardly hurt at all.

Tattoo care

Once you have taken into account all the above points, the subsequent care of it is very meticulous. Here are some of the things you have to keep in mind the most:

  • Washing: Once the tattoo is done, it is important to wash the area daily two or three times with warm water and mild soap. It is essential that the soap is neutral, that it does not contain perfumes or alcohol as they can irritate the wound. Wash it with your hands and, to dry it, just pat it gently with kitchen paper.
  • Healing cream: In all tattoo establishments they recommend a certain healing cream to heal the wound during the first days. You should apply it after each cleaning and massage it gently in circular movements.
  • Baths: During the first month of life of the tattoo, bathing in the pool, the river or in the sea is totally prohibited. When showering, do not get it too wet and above all try not to get any gel or shampoo on it.
  • Sun: In the same way as with the baths, it is advisable that during the month following the tattoo you do not get the sun; then, whenever you do, protect the area with a factor 50 cream. Therefore, the best time to get a tattoo is fall or winter.
  • As you can see, the care that a tattoo requires is not too complicated, but it must be taken into account and applied to the letter to avoid possible future complications, such as infections. The most common symptoms of these are: inflammation of the area, itching, bad smell and even pain.
  • Of course, you should go to the specialist, tattoo artist, and the doctor in the event that the tattoo causes an annoying wound that does not heal over the days.

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