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Aftercare tattoo

In addition to a fantastic picture on your body, you are probably also a lot richer in aftercare of your tattoo. Of course, all these aftercare methods have the ultimate goal of having your tattoo heal as quickly and beautifully as possible. But what exactly is it all about? Below we explain which aftercare aspects can be discussed in the care of your newly placed tattoo:

Washing is essential for hygienic healing of your tattoo.


Always have clean hands when taking care of a newly done tattoo, so start by washing your hands thoroughly. Then wash the tattoo with a mild, unscented soap (Preferably Unicura) and rinse with lukewarm water. Gently pat it dry with a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel. The first days you wash your tattoo twice a day. If healing continues smoothly, washing once a day is sufficient.

After washing and gently patting your tattoo dry, your skin may feel quite dry.

And too dry a tattoo can cause small tears and cracks which can damage the tattoo.

That is why in many cases it is advised to smear your tattoo with Vaseline (Petroleum) or Bepanthene.

This keeps your skin supple, irritations can be reduced and your tattoo can heal as beautifully as possible.

In any case, lubricate your tattoo after every wash, twice a day for the first few days. If your tattoo has healed a bit, you can still apply twice a day, with an extra application in between if your skin starts to feel very dry. Apply a little sparingly, it is not the intention that your tattoo is constantly covered under a thick layer of ointment.

So apply thinly, so that the product can also absorb well and do its job.

It is normal that after some time black sheets/ink can still wash off the skin. Don't be alarmed. It's part of the healing process.

Fresh Tattoo - DON'Ts

  • Keep your healing tattoo out of the sun or cover it well with a clean, non-fluffy piece of clothing

  • Do not go into the sauna, swim or bath while your tattoo is healing. (Swimming/bathing water contains too many bacteria and can cause an infection. It also makes your skin too soft, which can hinder proper healing)

  • Do not touch that! Do not stub, scratch, or otherwise touch. If it itches too much, you can lightly hit it with a flat hand.

Fresh Tattoo - DOs

  • Lubricate your (newly) healed tattoo with a good sunscreen.

  • Change your bed regularly while your tattoo is healing. 

  • Always keep your tattoo as dry as possible.

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