No matter how many tattoos you’ve got, you may have noticed that the skin around it starts to peel off and flake during the healing process. With so many recommendations around, it’s difficult to realize how we should take care of it.
Whether you’ve had plenty of tattoos or you’ve just got your fist, it can be scary seeing chunks of skin and pigment peeling away of it –but fret not! This is a sign of your skin healing but, can we avoid it?
Peeling is the reaction of our skin barrier to the needles penetrating and causing trauma to the topmost layers of the skin. to heal, your body creates a thin layer over the tattoo that will naturally flake off to reveal a fresh layer of healed skin. If you don’t want your tattoo to appear patchy, you have to avoid picking at your tattoo during the peeling stage.
As soon as you uncover your tattoo, you may notice that it looks dull and this is because dead skin cells accumulated on top of your tattoo and will later peel away. This process is likely to happen by the end of the first week. You should also expect some redness and slight itchiness, however, if you observe a sudden rash or parches of redness, you might be experiencing some allergic reaction to the pigments or the beginning of infection –if you notice any of this, contact a medical professional.
How to treat tattoos
Tattoo artists normally cover the tattooed area to ensure it stays clean –check the exact amount of time you should keep the bandage on with your artist. It is also important to wash it twice a day with antibacterial soap to ward off bacteria and moisturize it after each wash and a couple of times more every day.
Under no circumstances should you expose your tattoo to sunlight until it has fully healed and avoid swimming, sweating and wearing tight clothing during the healing process.
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