Tattoo and Piercing Aftercare Don’ts
What to Avoid After Getting a Tattoo or Piercing?
Getting a new tattoo or a new piercing is an investment and an important decision. After getting body art done to your skin, you cannot go on with life without taking care of your tattoo or piercing. In fact, aftercare doesn’t end after you just had your body art. Caring for your pieces of art lasts for a lifetime! Here is a list of things you should definitively avoid.
- Removing the plastic cover too soon. Leave the cover at least two hours to protect your skin from bacteria and pollutants which may lead to infection.
- Drinking excess of alcoholic drinks.
- Exposing it to direct sunlight or putting it directly into running water will make it lose color.
- Scratching or picking at the tattoo. This will delay the healing process. Pat the tattoo instead.
- Shaving or waxing the area until it is completely healed.
- Applying alcohol, Vaseline petroleum jelly or sunblock to a fresh tattoo.
- Wearing stretch cloth.
- Overcleaning and mixing products to clean it.
- Touching your piercing with dirty hands.
- Replacing a healing piercing with a new piece of jewelry ahead of time.
- Playing with the jewelry before it completely heals.
- Submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, hot tubs, and pools.
- Cleaning with alcohol, Betadine, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, harsh soaps, or ointments.
- Applying beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, makeup, and many others.
For both, a new tattoo or piercing the key to success is regular cleaning. Brand new body art requires proper care. Make sure to follow your professional’s aftercare recommendations for having a work of art you can be proud of for years to come. If you have any doubt about this topic, contact Mantra Tattoo & Piercing in Colorado. Our expert tattoo artists and piercers will happily help you out.