Getting a tattoo is exciting, but it’s important you know how to clean a tattoo so it heals properly and looks great for years to come!
A new tattoo is a permanent work of art that requires diligent aftercare, that work of art at first is essentially an open wound and should be treated as such. Tattoo aftercare sounds fairly easy but it can be confusing as well, so we thought we’d help get you started with a few tips. Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of the steps you need to follow to ensure your tattoo heals properly and looks great for years to come.
Understanding the importance of taking care of a fresh tattoo. Not only does the proper care reduce the chance of infections, scarring, fading, etc. It also helps ensure the quality of the new tattoo to look just how it was first applied for a long period of time! That’s the real goal here, not just getting through the healing but making sure it heals right so it looks the best it can for many years! Great tattoo aftercare practices could be the difference between a permanently faded tattoo or a vibrant masterpiece!
Keeping up with general Tattoo Care is different than Tattoo Aftercare and will be covered in a separate post.
Let’s get to it!
HOW TO CLEAN A TATTOO
First and foremost, you should know the stages of tattoo healing but keep in mind the healing of tattoos can be significantly different between artists and styles of application, for the sake of keeping this post to the point, we’ll cover this topic in general terms. Understanding the tattoo healing process is very important, let’s recap.
- The first stage of healing lasts throughout the first 3-4 days of receiving a tattoo. This is when a new tattoo could be sore to the touch! It could slightly ooze and potentially have a bit of swelling. Redness could appear from the initial day but will gradually dissipate as the healing progresses, any redness or swelling will typically be gone by day 4. The tattoo will begin to form a minor scab or a light peel much like a sunburn on the 3rd or 4th day. The first 3-4 days of a fresh tattoo are most crucial and that’s when washing it properly is key!
- The second stage of healing starts to happen on the 3rd or 4th day. (dryness, scabbing, peeling, itching) Around day 5 is when you’ll find that the peeling will continue to linger and itching occurs due to being dry. The tattooed area will become flaky and the peeling of skin will begin to flake off between the 5th and 10th day. This is where lotion or tattoo aftercare ointments come into play.
- Finally, two weeks into the healing process, the final stage is when the tattoo begins to look as it is supposed to, though it can heal slightly duller and faded or brighter and darker, these outcomes are completely normal depending on the tattoo artist and their application techniques combined with good tattoo aftercare practices.
But, all of this really doesn’t matter much if you don’t clean the new tattoo appropriately. So if you want a new tattoo to heal great, then you will need to know how to clean a tattoo.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Washing your hands before cleaning a new tattoo is perhaps one of the most important steps. Think about it — hands are filthy and carry a ton of germs. Yes, even your hands. Choosing to omit this step only means that you will be putting the new tattoo at risk of all that is living on your unwashed skin.
The soap that’s chosen to wash your hands shouldn’t be just any ordinary soap. You are trying to kill the bacteria and therefore should only choose to use an antibacterial soap. It may sound like a basic step, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t effectively clean their hands. To ensure that you are properly washing them, you should follow these steps.
Wipe Outz™ 1-count single tattoo wipes have a custom formulated antibacterial wash that smells amazing!
- Wet your hands with water.
- Use an antibacterial soap.
- Lather the soap together in your hands for at least 15 seconds.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Dry your hands.
- Turn off faucet using a towel – not your hands.
- No Sink? No worries! To wash your hands, you can use Wipe Outz™ single tattoo wipes to clean your hands before using another Wipe Outz™ single tattoo wipe to clean your tattoo.
- Simply use Wipe Outz™ to clean the fresh tattoo, we recommend if your hands are not clean, use only one side of a Wipe Outz™ cleansing tattoo towel! Wipe or pat clean! Use that method if your hands are not clean or you didn’t have a chance to properly clean hands. Of course, there are times when you have been at home and not out and about to have acquired germ-filled hands, use your judgment on gauging where you have been and what you have touched to possibly have a significant amount of germs on your hands. *Be Mindful. This is a much safer method rather than cleaning your fresh tattoo in a public bathroom. Yikes!
CLEANING ON THE GO
A new tattoo needs to be cleaned throughout the day, which can sometimes be a challenge if you’re not at home. Here are a few points to consider when cleaning on the go:
- Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day to ensure you’re not carrying germs around with you
- Clean your tattoo thoroughly each and every time
- Bring a pack of sterilized Wipe Outz™ Personal Tattoo Aftercare Towels whenever you leave the house
- Avoid public restrooms when cleaning your tattoo
In addition to being a permanent work of art, a tattoo is also an open wound that requires your attention to ensure it heals properly.
By following these steps, you can help rest easy knowing your tattoo has everything it needs to heal. These steps are crucial to avoiding infection and other complications resulting from incorrect tattoo aftercare.
Listen to your tattoo artist and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Wipe Outz™ is here to help if you have any questions feel free to contact us! No question is a dumb question!