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Tattoo Aftercare: How To Take Care of Your New Tattoo

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your new tattoo and thank you for choosing TRUST TATTOO COMPANY in London!

Your trust in us for your tattoo journey is greatly appreciated.

As you embark on the healing phase, it’s crucial to follow proper aftercare to ensure your tattoo looks its best.

Neglecting aftercare can lead to complications like infections, fading, or distorted art.

Let’s guide you through the essential steps.

Tattoo Aftercare: The Essential Guide

Tattoo Aftercare: The Essential Guide

1. Leave the tattoo bandaged for a minimum of 3/4 hours. Normally we recommend to keep the tattoo wrapped until the next morning but if you feel the bandage will come off while you are sleeping, please remove it before going to bed.

2. Gently remove bandage under warm running water to reduce the risk of damaging the tattoo.

3. Once bandage is removed, using an unscented soap, wash away all blood or other liquid from the tattoo using your hand and warm soapy water.

4. When you are done washing the tattoo off, gently pat the tattoo dry with a paper/clean towel and allow the tattoo to air dry for about 5-10 minutes.

5. After waiting 2-3 minutes inspect your tattoo carefully and if you see blood coming out, wipe it gently with paper towel. Do NOT scrub, just wipe

6. Leave your tattoo alone. Do not re-bandage

7. First 2 days after getting tattooed, inspect your tattoo carefully every 2-3 hours, if you see it’s bleeding, wash the blood away.

8. From day 3, apply recommended lotion, taking minimal possible amount. Just few drops to slightly moisturize the tattooed skin. Please make sure the lotion is fully absorbed by your skin and does not leave any residue on the skin surface, it must dry immediately.

9. That’s it. The lotion must be applied to the tattoo 3/4 times daily for about 10-14 days, until the tattoo is finished peeling.

What should you avoid after getting a new tattoo

• Pick or scratch tattoo while it is peeling!

• Soak the tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, baths, hot tubs or saunas for 2 weeks! Regular quick shower is fine.

• Apply alcohol, Vaseline, Petroleum Jelly or sun block until tattoo is completely pealed. NO shaving or waxing area to fresh tattoo.

• Expose tattoo to direct sunlight for first 2-3 months, sunblock after complete healing.

• Listen to friends or so-called “tattoo experts”. If you have questions just email us at ! And especially at the first sign of uncommon body reaction!

Once you leave the shop, proper care of your tattoo is your responsibility.

Complications during the tattoo healing process

During the initial days post-tattoo, it’s common for your skin to exhibit redness, itching, and tenderness.

It’s also normal to see some oozing of ink, blood, and fluid from the tattooed area. These signs are part of the typical healing process.

However, if these symptoms don’t improve or get worse, it could be a sign of a complication, and it’s important to seek medical advice promptly.

Infection Risks

Improper aftercare of a tattoo can lead to an infection. Symptoms of an infected tattoo include persistent redness, warmth, pain, and possibly the discharge of pus.

Allergic Reactions

Some individuals might react to certain tattoo inks, especially red dyes, which a 2019 study identified as a common allergen. These allergic reactions manifest as redness and itchiness at the tattoo site.

Research has also indicated that red, blue, and black dyes may cause nonallergic reactions like photosensitivity, which is a heightened sensitivity to sunlight.


Scarring is another possible complication. It can occur due to damage from the tattoo needle or from picking at the healing tattoo. Scars from such damage can be permanent.

By being aware of these potential issues and taking proper care of your tattoo, you can help ensure a smooth healing process.

FAQs: New Tattoo Aftercare

When to Begin Aftercare?

Aftercare for your tattoo starts immediately after the tattooing process is finished. The artist will apply a layer of ointment and cover the tattoo with a bandage or cling film wrap. You will also receive detailed instructions on how long to keep the tattoo covered and the specific aftercare routine to follow.

Duration of Keeping the Tattoo Covered

The length of time for keeping your tattoo covered varies, depending on the type of dressing used. This could range from several hours to a couple of days. The dressing is crucial for preventing bacterial infection, protecting the tattoo from clothing friction, and absorbing any oozing fluid or ink.

Essential Aftercare Steps

Before removing the tattoo covering, clean your hands thoroughly. Wash the tattooed area gently using lukewarm water and a mild, unscented soap. Dry the area with a soft cloth. After that, apply a small amount of aftercare balm. The tattoo should be left uncovered to allow the skin to breathe. Continue this care routine for the first few weeks and keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight until fully healed. If you need to go outside, wear loose, sun-protective clothing or stay in the shade.

What to Avoid Post-Tattoo

Resist the urge to scratch or pick at the tattoo; lightly patting can alleviate itching. If your tattoo is in an area usually covered by clothing, opt for loose garments to prevent irritation and interference with the healing process. Stay away from water bodies like pools, bathtubs, and hot tubs, and avoid applying sunblock on the tattoo until it has completely healed.

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Carlos AndreoniCarlos Andreoni
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Alex OttawayAlex Ottaway
08:04 22 Jul 23
Last minute plan for my tattoo, Matteo kindly fitted me in. Great communication prior to the appointment. great shop in a great location. Nice smooth tattoo, attention to detail spot on and always checking I was ok. very informative re the aftercare too.100% Recomended
Jonas WosnikJonas Wosnik
10:26 21 Jul 23
nice, clean and cozy studio with talented artists. Had an amazing time and got one of my favourite tattos done :DWill come back for aure when I’m in London!
Sonam BassiSonam Bassi
20:13 17 Jul 23
Matteo is an incredible piercer, and I’ve gone to him multiple times! Will always come back.
Henry GunningHenry Gunning
08:04 04 Jun 23
Brilliant little shop with a great atmosphere and matteo did a fantastic job on my first tattoo. Couldn’t have asked for a better first experience and I’ll be sure to go back to get my next one.
Brogan KulupBrogan Kulup
22:22 19 May 23
This was my very first tattoo and it was a wonderful experience. The guy who did it for me was so informative and friendly, he put me at ease. I love my tattoo and I will defo be getting more done. Thank you so much 😊
Rob BartlettRob Bartlett
16:32 20 Apr 23
My tattoo had faded quite badly, getting old unfortunately! Matteo was very clear and precise on what would happen and was able to fit me in the following day. The communication has been spot on and I am extremely pleased with his work and how it is now looking.

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