How quickly you heal depends on the size of your tattoo and how intricate it is. Bigger tattoos will stay red and swollen longer, because they cause more trauma to your skin.
You’ll come home from the session with a wrap over your tattoo. If possible, try to leave the wrap on for 2 hours. Once the wrap comes off, you’ll probably notice fluid oozing from the tattoo. This is blood, plasma (the clear part of blood), and some extra ink. Your skin will also be red and sore. It might feel slightly warm to the touch. With clean hands, wash the tattoo with warm water and a fragrance-free soap. Use Carlton roll to dab and absorb the water and moisture from the tattoo. You should try and get it as dry as possible. Let the tattoo air dry for 20 minutes and apply a thin amount of Tattoo Wax, Tattoo Pro or Bepanthan and Leave the bandage off so the tattoo can heal.
Days 2 to 3
Your tattoo will have a duller, cloudy appearance by now. This happens as your skin heals. Scabs will start to form. Wash your tattoo once a day, then dry thoroughly with paper towel. Apply Bepanthan 3 or 4 times a day in small amounts. Be careful too much ointment will cause thicker scabs
Days 4 to 6
The redness should start to fade. You’ll probably notice some light scabbing over the tattoo. The scabs shouldn’t be as thick as scabs you get when you cut yourself, but they will be raised. Don’t pick at the scabs — this can cause scarring. Keep washing your tattoo once or twice a day. Apply Bepanthan as needed.
Days 6 to 14
The scabs have hardened and will begin to flake off. Don’t pick at them or try to pull them off, let them come off naturally. Otherwise, you could pull out the ink and leave scars. At this point your skin may feel very itchy. Apply Tattoo Wax as required
Days 15 to 30
In this last stage of healing, most of the big flakes will be gone and the scabs should be going away. You might still see some dead skin, but it should eventually clear up too. The tattooed area might still look dry and dull. Keep moisturizing until the skin looks hydrated again.
By the second or third week, the outer layers of skin should have healed. It may take three to four months for the lower layers to completely heal. By the end of your third month, the tattoo should look as bright and vivid as the artist intended.
You will need
1. Apply Tattoo Wax
3. Carlton roll for drying after washes
1. Get your fingerprints on your healing tattoo (yes this means do not touch it at all)
2. Let your clothes rub excessively
3. Expose to the sun for the first 4 weeks
4. Submerge in water for the first 2 weeks (quick baths/showers and dry properly)
5. Pick the scabs
7. Cover with plasters and or bandaged
8. No Vaseline Jelly or Zambuk at all!
9. Forget that your new tattoo will heal best when clean and untouched.