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All you need to know about your new tattoo


pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow up with a VERY LIGHT application of ointment (A+D lotion / Aquaphor). Apply the lotion to your tattoo 2-3 times per day to keep it shiny and moisturized.

For me, I preferably like to "dry heal", which means exactly how it sounds like; dry all the time. Apart from keeping it clean by washing with non-scented soap 2-3 times a day, I do not lotion after. I find that my skin tends to stay damp after lotioning which results in slower healing. This is subjective as everyone's skin type is different. It might work for me, but not for you. It is good to understand your skin type and serve it to its needs. 

** Do not use vaseline or aloe vera on your new tattoo. Vaseline blocks out oxygen penetration from your skin, causing blurriness whereas aloe vera detoxifies the body by flushing foreign matter, including ink, from the skin, resulting in some fading. **

** Avoid body oils on tattoos during the healing process.**

After that, continue to keep it clean.

DAY 2-4

Your tattoo should be starting to dry up now. Be sure to only handle your tattoo with clean hands. Apply a thin later of lotion and rub it into your skin so that it absorbs it, leaving almost no trace of lotion on the surface.


continue to keep it clean.

You will start to notice some peeling going on. You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch! You can soothe the itch by applying a thin layer of lotion to moisturize it, or slap it.


Continue to keep it clean.

DAY 4-7

Your tattoo healing process should have 2 layers of scabbing :


The first layer, which is a thicker layer of flaky scabs with full-on ink color on them. 


The second layer, which are super dry, scale-like thin flaky translucent scabs.


Both of these layers are crucial; DO NOT pick at them ever. 


Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it.


Continue to keep it clean.

DAY 7-14

Your tattoo would be flaky and appear a little shiny. Continue with light lotion as per needed until completely healed.


Soak your tattoo in water for extended periods of time


Cake your tattoo with lotion


Expose openly to sun for long periods of time


handle your tattoo without washing your hands first


Scratch or pick at your tattoo

** For people with sensitive skin, avoid consumption of shellfish until your tattoo is healed. **

Happy Healing

Dr. Ink Staff


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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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