Tattoo and Piercing Self Care!

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Tattooing and Piercing are an increasingly popular form of self-expression, it is important for young people to carefully weigh the consequences and potential risks associated with such body modifications. Therefore the following selfcare tips should be looked into.

         

 

Tattoo Self-Care:

  • Tattoos take a couple of weeks to heal. They will scab over which will flake off. Apply a thin layer of ointment until scabs flake off. Don’t scratch or pick at it even if it feels itchy.
  • Remove the bandage anywhere from an hour to the next morning after getting your tattoo.
  • During the healing process, gently wash your tattoo with a mild antibacterial soap. Pat dry – don’t rub. Use an ointment like A&D, vitamin E, tea tree or a product recommended by your tattooist.
  • After your tattoo has healed, apply a good quality moisturizing skin lotion to keep it from being infected.
  • Don’t soak in a tub or go swimming until your tattoo is fully healed.
  • Sunlight will damage your tattoo. Apply a SPF to your tattoo for the rest of your life.

 

Piercing Self-Care:

A piercing can take a few weeks to several months to fully heal, depending on where it is on your body.

  • Do not touch/pick on the piercing or jewellery. Your hands carry germs that can cause infection.
  • Use a warm sea salt-water soak or a mild liquid antibacterial soap every day to aid healing and prevent infection.
  • Oral piercings need to be cared for differently than other piercings. Use an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash to cleanse the area in your mouth.
  • Do not use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol on piercings. These products can irritate the healing tissue.
  • Do not use antibiotic ointments, gels, or creams on piercings. They can attract dirt and prevent oxygen from reaching the area.

 

Body Art Self Care is Important!!!

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