The main thing to do is keep it moist and not to let it scab over, bepanthen is really good for keeping moist aply every 2 to 3 hours and stay out of swimming pools and direct sunlight how it helps
If you get your tattoo after 5 p.m., then keep it covered overnight. When you wake up, take your bandage off and then take a shower. After you shower, wash your hands with PROVON Antimicrobial soap and then apply a thin la<x>yer of Bacitracin to your tattoo. The shop I go to sells both for $5 each. Keep applying a thin la<x>yer of Bacitracin 2-3 times a day for 3 days after you get the tattoo then switch to a unscented lotion like Lubriderm for the next 10 days. Keep your tattoo moisturized for two weeks by following these instructions and you'll be fine. Best of luck to you!
**Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**
If it is a fresh tat you shold keep it covered for an hour or so. Rub some cream into it daily to assist healing. Try to avoid direct sunlight on it because it will fade.
ICY HOT works good.<br />
Just kidding. Everyone else has said what I would say.
my answer's pretty much the same as all the others. i used neosporin. and i uncovered mine about 3 hours after getting it. mine took about a week to completely heal (ie, stop flaking), and i only used the neosporin when it was a little sore.
Here's what I did with my tattoos (I have 6 and three of them are pretty large):<br />
-Keep it covered only for an hour or so after you get it.<br />
-Use some kind of special tattoo moisturizer ONLY when it gets dry and itchy and you need it. Don't over do the lotion, either, you just want a nice, thin la<x>yer, not all glopped on heavily.<br />
i really, really have to regulate the specialty tattoo lotions, since they are specially formulated. I have loads of bright color and they didn't fade a bit. I would worry that Neosporin or A&D might fade it.<br />
-Keep it out of the sun and soaking water (i.e. a bath or swimming pool). Even after it heals up, use sunscreen.<br />
-Oh, yeah, almost forgot, do NOT scrub it in the shower or anything. I just draped a warm washcloth with a gentle soap on in and rinsed it off. Do not pick at it!<br />
This is just what I did, so take it with a grain of salt.
To add to Eric's: <br />
If it's causing you some pain, they have topical pain reliver/antibiotic ointment as well. I used Lanabiotic and it worked great.
My husband was told to apply that ADE stuff for the first couple days. After that he was instructed to put lubriderm or some other unscented lotion on it.
A perfume free lotion is the best thing to use. Tattoo goo is great too. I would not recommend anything with Petroleum in it like Vaseline or Neosporin.<br />
You only need it covered for the first hour or two.<br />
Most important, don't pick at it or get it wet until it heals. Keep it nice and lotioned up as it starts to flake off.
I don't think you should keep the tattoo covered all the time. Let it air. I use Neosporin on mine. Make sure you wash it gently with a mild soap. Lots of Neosporin. Good luck.
I believe I was given Neosporin. Be sure to stay out of the sun with it, or it will fade. My advice is to call one or two tattoo parlors in the area and see how they advise you. Not all piercers or tattoo artists are as knowledgeable as they should be. After following a piercer's instructions exactly, my piercing became horribly infected. I went to a different tattoo/piercing place and was advised on the correct way to care for the piercing. Apparently, my piercer was a total idiot and advised me incorrectly. The place I consulted with saved my piercing and probably my life, as infections can enter the bloodstream and cause serious problems. I was already showing some symptoms. Anyway, as I said, ask the experts - call a couple places and make sure their answers agree. Best wishes to you.
Here is what you need to do: Keep it covered for the first 12 hours or so. Clean it with warm water and a very mild soap. Pat it dry, do not ever rub, scratch etc! Put a Non-scented lotion on it to keep it moist. Do not cover it back up! It needs to heal and air is a main part of the healing process. Limit exposure to sun, chlorine etc, as the ink will fade or come right out. Pretty simple huh? Repeat process for 10 days to 2 weeks. WARNING: You are going to read on the net, and probably now on here some dumbass ways to treat your tattoo. Do the above and you will be good to go. Promise.