Properly Cleaning your Tattoo in Different Scenarios

Getting a new tattoo is not only costly but painful. So, one would not want to let such sacrifices go drown the drain.  Getting the best antibacterial soap for tattoos is a worthwhile step. Nonetheless, without proper cleaning techniques the aftercare cycle will not be complete. Invest time and effort towards aftercare and you will love the end results.

The Process of Healing

For starters, a tattoo is an open wound like any other. Hence, it is prone to scarring, infections as well as fading in the long run. In view of that, immediate aftercare is key but long-term maintenance has a major impact as well. That said, it is important to have it in the back of the mind that various artists do things differently. Due to that, healing times and stages may vary from the conventional expectations. Here is a walkthrough of the expected outcomes.

  • In the first tattoo healing stages, it is quite natural to feel sore on touching. The area could even swell a bit and some minimal-average oozing. With time though, most of these reduce, peeling begins. Do not interrupt the process to avoid scabbing and scarring.
  • It is quite normal to feel itchy during the healing process. To manage such irritation, use recommended moisturizers to be applied sparingly.
  • At the last stages, the tattoo starts to look like you had envisioned. The color vibrance however, may differ depending on various techniques used by different artists.

Details on Tattoo Cleaning

Maintaining cleanliness is non-negotiable as a tattoo is an open wound. Starting from your hands, everything used in cleaning should be totally clean and free of germs. With regards to that, towels are to be avoided as they carry germs with them. As for the soaps used, they should have antibiotics present, and be free of any fragrance or alcohol.

Eight Procedural Steps and Instructions of Cleaning

  • Wet your hands with some lukewarm water
  • Get an antibacterial soap
  • For about quarter a minute, rub the soap in your palms
  • Rinse your hands, ridding them of all soap
  • Let your hands dry naturally or use a paper towel
  • When turning off the faucet, do not use bare hands
  • In case there are no sinks available, you can make use of specific tattoo wipes. Clean your hands with those before proceeding to wipe the tattooed area.
  • When using wipes, it is advisable only to use one side to pat the area.

Cleaning your Tattoo on the Go

For people involved in rigorous activities they might sweat too much. That is not good for newly done tattoos and constant cleaning should be done as a result. The information below works well in understanding how one can clean their tattoos in public spaces.

  • Wash your hands constantly throughout the day. It ensures you do not carry germs with you after various activities.
  • Clean your tattooed area thoroughly, with frequency varying based on level of activities.
  • Avoid areas that are too crowded when cleaning your tattoo. Such areas make your tattoo more prone to germs.


Most people look at the beauty of a tattoo and forget the process it takes to get one. The work of art is an open wound at first, requiring constant and detailed care. The very basic part of that care is cleaning, which could be done right as indicated above. Nonetheless, there are other long-term measures one should undergo in maintaining tattoo vibrance. Before getting there though, it is important to seek medical advice in the early stages, should anything not feel right. That averts any dangers in the tattoo’s foreseeable future.




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