Artists create tattoos by injecting ink into a person's skin. To do this, they primarily use an electrically or pneumatically powered tattoo machine, or via bamboo tapping techniques. The machines move a solid needle up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. The needle penetrates the skin by about a millimeter in depth and deposits a drop of insoluble ink into the dermis layer of skin with each puncture. Naturally, with the creation of a wound, the body needs to heal that wound. As with any wound, there are steps that you should take in order to make sure that the wound can properly heal without any infection. Additionally, with the tattoo, there is the chance that the healing process of the wound could reject or alter the tattooed ink and ruin your artwork.
There are a number of products that one can apply to the affected skin in order to help with the healing process and also to alleviate any pain or itching that may follow a tattoo procedure. One of the first important things to consider is that anything that touches the wounded area must be clean to avoid infection. This means that you need to apply a disinfectant to your hands before applying any type of healing cream, or before rubbing in any sort of healing spray. This also means any other item that is used to touch the skin besides your hands also needs to be clean (e.g. no used towels). Air drying is best, but if something is needed, a new paper towel that has been stored in a clean environment works best.
There are a number of healing creams and sprays that can be used for the tattoo healing process. They are commonly known as “tattoo aftercare” products. Some are co-opted from other industries or other uses, and some are specifically made for the tattoo industry. Most artists have their personal preferences of what they are used to, or what they have had experience with in terms of what has worked the best with their clients. In general, artists tend to stay away from scented products, and from products with aloe. Some artists also steer clear of products that contain petroleum, and some artists only use vegan products. Also, some people can have allergic reactions to certain products, and the chemicals that they may contain, so often times clients try different products until they find the one that best fits their particular skin.
The Ink-Eeze brand has developed both a cream and spray, both of which are unscented, non-aloe, petroleum-free, and vegan. It remains a personal preference as to which format (cream or spray) to use. The products were specifically designed with the input of tattoo artists, tattoo collectors, and skin care specialists. They use a unique combination of natural botanicals, vitamins, moisturizer, and other ingredients to accomplish the best natural healing results.
The exposure of a healing tattoo is also an important aspect to consider. The new tattoo should not be exposed to the sun at all during the first week, and then only minimal exposure (e.g. still no going to the beach for the day, or being out by the pool) until it is fully healed. In the weeks following the healing of a tattoo, it is important to use a sunscreen. There are tattoo-specific sunscreens available, such as one created by the Ink-Eeze brand, that are made to allow a tattoo to appear robust without the sheen that occurs with many sunscreens. The Ink-Eeze sunscreen was also designed to provide a moisturizing element that prevents the tattooed skin area from drying out. It also offers the extra protection for both UVA and UVB broad spectrum. A daily moisturizer, specifically made for a tattoo, is another great way to provide for ongoing protection. Currently, Ink-Eeze has the only moisturizing product with anti de-oxidization ingredients and natural ingredients known to provide a level of sun protection specifically made for tattooed skin.
Until a tattoo has healed, you should also avoid going in a hot tub, swimming, or otherwise submerging the tattooed skin, or any rough physical activity that could impact the healing area and dramatically increase the chance for infection and ultimately ruin your new tattoo.
Proper care of a new tattoo is very important. Your tattoo is something that you have probably invested a lot of thought, time, and money into, and you want to make sure you see the process all the way through after you leave the care of your artist.
The Ink-Eeze brand is happy to answer questions related to tattoo healing, as well as provide referrals to a local tattoo artist that is familiar with the brand and good tattoo healing practices.