A very common question after getting a fresh tattoo is ‘how often should I wash my tattoo when it’s peeling? Tattoo peeling tends to occur after day 3 or 4, and typically only the top layer of skin is what will peel. It’s important to fully understand proper tattoo aftercare, so you give your new tattoo the love and moisture it needs to aid in the healing process. Now that you’ve gained that important knowledge, when washing your tattoo, you should use some lukewarm water and some tattoo soap to gently wash the tattooed area. Then you can apply some tattoo ointments as necessary after the area is dry. If you notice some ink coming off during the gentle rinsing process, it’s okay don’t be alarmed. This is also normal when your tattoo is peeling.
How long should I wait to wash my tattoo?
In most cases, you don’t have to wait for an extended period of time to clean the tattoo, but you should wait at least 24 hours before showering or 2 weeks before fully immersing the tattooed area in water. This 1 day window period is known to be more than enough time to wait to shower. Either way, you should always use some good quality tattoo aftercare cream after cleaning the tattoo to make sure the area stays adequately moisturized.
When should I wash my new tattoo?
The first wash of your new tattoo is essential, you are supposed to wait at least 5 hours, and then you can wash the tattoo if you absolutely need to, but 24 hours is the consensus recommended timeframe. After 5 hours, it becomes safe to remove the tattoo bandage and clean it effectively.
How often should I moisturize my new tattoo?
Once you get a new tattoo, adequately moisturizing is just as essential as proper cleaning. Knowing how often to moisturize a new tattoo can be the difference between a long term healthy tattoo and one that fades. Generally, it is ideal to apply a good quality tattoo cream on the tattooed area once every 6-8 hours, or sooner if it’s seeming overly dry. With a brand new tattoo you should aim to apply tattoo cream 2-3 times a day. Using the moisturizer more frequently than this may create adverse effects on the tattoo. If you’ve over-moisturized your new tattoo, no sweat. Here’s a quick guide on how to fix an over moisturized tattoo!
If your tattoo is peeling, should you put lotion on it?
Lightly wash the tattoo, and make the tattooed area is fully dry. Once the tattoo becomes dry, then you can apply some tattoo lotion to it. Do not proceed to apply lotion on the tattoo while it is still wet. If you do, then it can cause tattoo bubbling, and ink can get ripped off in the process. Is your tattoo bubbling? We’ve got you covered, learn how to fix a bubbling tattoo!
All in all, tattoo peeling is a normal part of the new tattoo process. As skin that was damaged from a needle is becoming healthy once again. Inkeeze is here to help you with knowledge about new tattoo aftercare and with products built by tattoo enthusiasts for tattoo enthusiasts. Reach out to us if you have any questions! Much love and congrats on your new ink!