Tattoo Aftercare



To get the very best results from your tattoo, it’s critical that you take the very best care of it in the days, weeks and months after having it done. A tattoo is an open wound, which means it’s open to infection and – if you get home and get straight in the bath – open to warm water soaking into it and affecting the ink.

While you’re sitting with Adam, our artist, he’ll give you some clear advice on the do’s and dont’s for taking care of your new piece of art, but the guidelines below can be used as a general reference. It’s important to note that everybody’s skin heals and reacts slightly differently to being tattooed so, if you’re ever concerned or just want to check you’re doing the right thing, get in touch.

We recommend and sell ‘El Gato Negro’ 100% organic Healing Balm as aftercare which are proven to speed up the healing process and do not contain any harmful ingredients such as Petroleum or Paraffin. We stock 15g and 50g tins which are £2 for the small and £5 for the large! It is also Vegan tattoo aftercare.

  • Keep your new tattoo clean by washing it 2-3 times per day with antibacterial soap and warm water until it is fully healed
  • Do not have a bath or go swimming until your tattoo has healed – this will probably be at least 2 weeks
  • When you shower, try to avoid running the hot water directly on to your new tattoo
  • Do not cover your tattoo with cling film or similar after you’ve gone home – air and oxygen aids the healing process
  • Use Healing Balm 3 times a day for at least the first week, and 1-2 times a day after that until healed.
  • Do not irritate the tattoo by picking or scratching – if after 24 hours your tattoo is still ‘weeping’ then use Savlon twice a day for 2-3 days to kickstart the healing process and then resume using Healing Balm
  • Do not expose the tattooed area to any UV light such as direct sunlight or tanning beds until fully healed

Once your tattoo is fully healed, it’s important to remember that it will still be damaged by direct sunlight or other sources of UV light so, if you’re heading out on holiday, make sure you apply a decent suncream. We don’t recommend heading to the beach while the tattoo is still healing, as this will invariably lead to your tattoo being damaged in some way – whether it’s premature fading or discolouration.

If you have any concerns about your tattoo and then healing process then contact us on 01254 775 204 or info@inkversion.com

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