How to take care of Tattoos

So you just got a tattoo, spent 2 months of saving your money and now have no money to buy the ‘specail’ lotion ‘required’ to take care of your tattoos. I’ve been there, done that. And trust me you don’t need to spend anywhere from $10 to  $30 on lotion that you ‘need’ to heal your tattoo with.

If you jump down below I’ll tell you how to take care of your new Tattoo! 

So between myself, my father, my brother, and my sister-in-law/best friend there’s been a lot of experience healing tattoos in this family. All of us used the same product. I swear to you that you could buy no better product to heal your tattoo. Aquaphor  Healing Ointment is a miracle! When you get a tattoo they say it’ll take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to heal, mine healed a little after a week! 

Items you need to take care of your tattoo: Purpose soap, and Aquaphor Healing Ointment. 

Here’s how you need to take care of your tattoo. I’m going to explain it from the beginning because sometimes Tattoo artist feel that if you came in with someone who already has a tattoo they don’t need to explain how to take care of it but that’s not the case. This is how I took care of my tattoos from the beginning. 

An hour or two after you get your tattoo remove the covering and gently wash your tattoo to remove the dried up blood. DO NOT pick at it. When you wash your tattoo you should use purpose. Purpose is the most gentle soap, it’s like washing your skin with water. It’s not drying at all.

 After you wash it pat dry then put on enough Aquaphor  that the skin is shiny. A little goes a long way with Aquaphor  After the initial cleaning you should then get into a pattern of when you reapply the Aquaphor. 

You should apply it three times a day, and wash it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before you apply the Aquaphor. 

Tips for taking care of a Tattoo:

  • NEVER, NEVER, NEVER,  pick at your tattoo, you will ruin it. 
    • Yes the tattoo will be itchy, that means it’s healing. Yes it will peal, let it flake away on it’s own, that way you won’t damage your tattoo. 
  • Don’t over apply the Aquaform, two to three times a day at the most, it still needs to be able to breath to heal. 
  • Don’t keep touching it, your hands have germs on them, your tattoo is essentially an open cut you don’t want germs in it. 

Now one last piece of advice before I leave you guys to take care of your shiny new tattoos; just remember you’re stuck with that thing for forever, put a little thought into it before you get it. You don’t wanna regret that star you got tattoo on your finger that you can’t hide on a job interview. 

Purpose can be found for around $8, and Aquaphor for $7. Both products are useful for everyday so once your tattoo is healed you can continue to use these products. Do you have any tattoo healing advice? What do you think of the expensive lotions tattoo parlors try to get you to buy? 


  1. Anonymous
    October 4, 2011 / 2:40 am

    ah i know all too well, lol I'm a tattoo artist 😉

  2. Beauty on a College budget
    October 4, 2011 / 4:16 am

    @cottomcandyINK That's so awesome you're a tattoo artist. If I wasn't a business student I'd seriously get a sleeve!

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