Things you shouldn’t do after getting a tattoo

Some of these can lead to dire consequences..

Keeping your wrap on for too long

Your tattoo artist may cover up your fresh tattoo to help with the bleeding. The wrap is not supposed to stay on for too long though as it has to come off within two hours.

Keeping them on for too long does not allow your skin to breathe.

Also do not re-bandage your tattoo.

Moisturizing too much

While applying the grabacin/cream to help heal your tattoo is important in helping your tattoo heal, over-moisturizing your tattoo could often be a cause of infection.

Apply it at regular intervals so that you can allow it to work and heal your wound.


When showering avoid using hot water but instead opt for lukewarm water as hot water may open up the pores on your skin and could also cause some discoloring of your tattoo giving a bad end product.

Do not rub your tattoo to hard though.

Do not scratch your tattoo

Irritation is bound to occur when your tattoo is healing therefore avoid scratching your tattoo when it gets a bit itchy.

Try an ice pack to help with the itchiness.

Do not peel off the scabs from your tattoo

A fresh tattoo peels when it is healing so avoid picking at the scabs when this happens as it may cause infection.

Going for swimming

Unless you want to develop a nasty infection, stay away from the pool. The chemicals used to treat water in swimming pools can be extremely painful and can cause a really painful reaction.

You can show it off while basking at the beach though.

Also try staying away from strenuous activities such as working out at the gym for about three weeks.

Over-exposure to the sun

As much as you want to bask in the sun, do not take too long basking in the sun though as the rays from the sun can cause a lot of damage to your tattoo and cause it to fade.

Apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.


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