Tattoo Aftercare To Prevent Infection

If you're looking forward to getting a tattoo, then you need to know how to take care of it properly to prevent infection.

If you're looking forward to getting a tattoo, then you need to know how to take care of it properly to prevent infection. However, the prevention of infection from a tattoo needs to start before you get poked with a needle!

The shop and artist you choose will have an impact on preventing an infection. The shop should be smoke free, have a biohazard container and disposable germicidal wipes handy. Their guns, power cords and power boxes should all be covered in plastic sleeves.

Sterilization of tools is very important in preventing infections. A good tattoo shop will use what is called an Autoclave. Needles, tips and tubes will be sealed in a pouch and placed in the Autoclave for sterilizing. The pouch has a color-coded indicator to let you know it has been sterilized. These pouches will be dated and will stay the specific color until opened. The artist should put gloves on and open these pouches in front of you.


The tattoo artist should wear Latex gloves and never touch anything barehanded from the time they put the first gloves on. They should not touch two different items wearing the same gloves and should always change gloves after touching an item before touching you again. This will prevent cross contamination.

Before you receive your tattoo the artist should use a "green soap" sponge to clean the area where the tattoo will be. As soon as the tattoo has been given, the artist should wash the area with an anti-bacterial soap, such as Dial. After washing the tattoo, the artist you should put a thin coat of ointment over the tattoo and bandage it. An average shop will use vitamin A or D ointments.

The bandage should be removed after for hours. The reason for the bandage is due to some customers bleeding during their session and within the 4 hours your body may produce a clear fluid and form a scab. Within those 4 hours you are most prong to infection. After 4-6 hours your body will produce a thin layer of skin to help prevent infection.

After you remove the bandage wash the area with an anti-bacterial soap and warm water using your hand. A rag will irritate the area and tear the skin. Make sure you do not soak or submerge your tattoo in water for a long period of time. This will slow the healing process. You will need to wash your tattoo 3-4 times a day for 3-4 days.

Dry the area by blotting with a soft clean towel. Add a small amount of ointment after each cleaning. Rub the ointment in thoroughly and wipe the excess off. Do not use an excessive amount of ointment. You can use vitamin A and D ointments are you can buy the special ointments sold at tattoo shops. The ointments sold at tattoo shops are specifically designed for tattoos. They're 100% organic herbs. They promote fast healing, relieve itching and fight infection. Do not use Vaseline! Some of their ingredients can actually cause infection.

Within 2 days a protective scab will form over the area. Do not scratch or pick at it. Scratching can re-open the wound making it an easier target for infection again. The healing process will be complete within a week to 10 days.

If you notice any of the following signs, please seek medical attention.

1. Red and/or swollen.

2. Oozing Puss.

3. The ink begins to fall out.

4. The area doesn't form a scab.

5. The area turns black, blue or purple, resembling bruises.

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