The pain associated with a tattoo varies among individuals, parts of the body, and the size of the design. To get a tattoo in the best possible conditions, it is better to avoid sunburn, alcohol, illicit substances and aspirin, which thins the blood. Also, choose areas that are less sensitive than others, such as the shoulders, back and pecs. You should also be aware that your body may change over the years with weight loss or gain and ageing of the skin. Choose an area less exposed to variations in weight, where the skin is less likely to stretch.
The tattoo is, above all, a wound that requires healing time and rigorous care. A good professional always takes the time to give recommendations to someone who has just had a tattoo, and most of the time gives them a summary sheet. Right after the act, the tattoo artist applies a layer of healing ointment on the tattoo and then covers the skin with a transparent film. This film must be removed several hours later to clean the tattoo with cold water and a neutral pH soap.
After cleaning, always dry the tattoo by dabbing with absorbent paper, then apply a layer of healing ointment by massaging gently. These points must be renewed two to three times a day until complete healing of the tattoo (about ten days depending on the nature of the skin and the tattooed surface). It is imperative to have clean hands to touch and clean the tattoo. During the healing period, it is normal to observe the formation of scabs and dead skin: these should not be scratched or torn off. It is better to leave the tattoo in the open air as much as possible and, if necessary, favour loose cotton clothing. Sun exposure, baths, swimming pools and sea water are prohibited for at least three weeks.
Temporary Black Henna Tattoos: Avoid!
It is advisable to avoid temporary black henna tattoos, which last around four weeks before fading naturally. Natural henna causes few contact allergy reactions, but a black dye, Paraphenylenediamine, is added to this henna. The risks of becoming allergic to PPD are high: after a few days or weeks, the tattoo causes eczema that will leave an indelible scar. On new contact with this substance in hair dyes, leather, dark clothing ... eczema will reappear. So be careful!
It is important to take care of a tattoo even long after it has healed so that the design retains the most aesthetic appearance possible. Like all of the skin, the tattoo should be moisturized daily with cream or milk. Before any exposure to the sun, it is advisable to systematically protect the tattoo by applying a total screen.