Leave That Bandage Alone!
There is an essential reason why your artist has taken care to make your new tattoo covered up – it was done with the aim of keeping all air – born bacteria from getting into your wound. Unfortunate it is, but yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, there is still a wound. And it is a world known fact, that open flesh is considered to be a breeding ground for all kinds of harmful bacteria and infection. However, the bandage should be left on the wound for no more than two hours. And although this feeling of happiness and excitement of getting some new tattoo will most likely make you want to remove the bandage so, that you would be able to show your friends, however, friends will have to wait up until later.
Therefore, there is an exception to this rule – it is in case if your artist has covered your tattoo with saran wrap or some kinds of plastic. And it should be removed right away, simply because it is considered to be extremely detrimental to a tattoo. And it would be better to have no covering at all, rather then to be suffocation your new tattoo with some plastic wrap.
Wash and Treat
As only you have your bandage removed, you will want to wash your tattoo. For this lukewarm water along with some liquid mild antibacterial or antimicrobial soap should better be used. All the area around your tattoo should be washed gently, and all the ointment, blood and / or plasma are to be washed away in the most careful way. Either washcloth or anything abrasive should be used, and hands would be the best tool for the around the tattoo area washing procedure. In case if you feel your tattoo being slippery and / or slimy, you have probably been oozing plasma. You should try to remove as much of it as possible, because when the plasma gets dried on the surface of the skin, it produced scabs.
After you have washed your tattoo, pat (never rub) the area with some CLEAN towel or with a paper town firmly up until it becomes dry completely. It is important to follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. The best decision here would be A&D vitamin enriched ointment. In case if there is nothing appropriate around, Baciitracin or some similar antibacterial ointment would do it.
However, it is necessary to point out, that Neospirin should never be applied. Although it is truly considered to be the best choice for scrapes and cuts, still, it is not for tattoos. It is possible that a person may have an allergic reaction to the Neospirin, which can result in little red bumps. And when these bumps finally go away, so does the ink, and there is a great chance to end up with a polka – dotted tattoo.
Specialty Products and Lotions
In case if someone wishes, he / she can also apply some specialty products, such as Tattoo Goo or H2Ocean. There are also a lot of different over – the – counter products, which work just fine; however, everything depends on one’s individual opinion. The products should be applied on a regular daily basis for about 3 – 5 days.