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So last Friday I got my first tattoo so this might be a stupid question. The black has looked real good intill the scabs started to fall off and now the the lines look somewhat dull. Is this still the healing process and when its healed it will look better. Anyone experiance the same thing??????

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So last Friday I got my first tattoo so this might be a stupid question. The black has looked real good intill the scabs started to fall off and now the the lines look somewhat dull. Is this still the healing process and when its healed it will look better. Anyone experiance the same thing??????
If you take good care of a tattoo, scabbing will be a minimum. What aftercare did they recomend? I use lubriderm with no aloe or anything like that. A tattoo will change slightly while healing, but you should not lose a lie or definition. A pic here may be helpful. Where did you go? BTW, my aftercare is washing the tattoo with clean hands (antibacteril soap) within 3 hours of getting it done. Then (sounds gross) I DO NO wash it for at least a week. I use non anything lubiderm on it plenty of times a day, taking care not to peel or wipe any scabs or loose skin off. After the week or so, I wash the area with clean hands antibacterial soap. This works the best for me. BTW, I have a tattoo appt today.
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Keep the tat covered with Antibiotic ointment. Don't let it dry up or scab.

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Are you picking the scabs off? If so, stop doing that cause it will ruin the tattoo. It sounds nasty, but go buy Preperation-H (the hemrroid cream) and put that on your tattoo a few times a day. It will help it heal and helps to keep the color. If the color has faded, then you can just go back in and ask them to touch it up once this tat is healed up. In the future, put the Prep-H on right away and you shouldn't have any scabbing or fading!

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Preparation H or neosporin. Don't let it get dried out/scabby/crusty.

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Preparation H or neosporin. Don't let it get dried out/scabby/crusty.

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I went to Brother E in Downers Grove and I think the guy did a Awesome Job I'm an artist and I'm real picky on my work and he did exactly like I drew it. The scabs are coming off the thin lines and the are dull I've done everthing they said to do I might just be over parinoid
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DO NOT USE Antibiotic ointment, Preperation-H, neosporin.

Also, do not keep the tat covered. The tat needs to breathe & only a thin layer of lubriderm (no aloe or fragrence) should be applied. You can even take a clean cloth and dab the tat to take off any excess.

I am sorry folks but the only one correct on here is Dave13. You never want to put a healing agent on your tat. Horrible idea. Lubriderm (no aloe or fragrence) is the best moisturizer for your skin. Aloe is a healing agent and fragrences are actually alcohol and will dry out your skin. You are not trying to heal your tat, you are only keeping it moist to prevent scabbing and heavy flaking. Your body actually has all the healing agents and you just want to assist with moisturizer.

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No shit huh Wayne. I have a couple of big tats and I used Pep. H and it worked great. It left great color even after 10 years. I know the color is not the reason behind the ointment but i know I never had any problems when I first got it and it healed.

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No shit huh Wayne. I have a couple of big tats and I used Pep. H and it worked great. It left great color even after 10 years. I know the color is not the reason behind the ointment but i know I never had any problems when I first got it and it healed.

Not doubting you just suprised.
Me too... I have always smothered my tats in Prep H and I have a tat that is 10 years old and no one believes me when I tell them that... everyone always asks me if its brand new cause the colors are still so bright! I've heard you aren't supposed to cover it with plastic or gauze or anything, but this is the first time someone has ever sad to not use ointment.

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Rule of thumb is moisturizer only. Everyone heals differently so as a rule to give to everyone don't use bacitracin or any other healing ointment as those can smother the tat and actually cause it to break down.

But hey, if it already has worked for you then awesome. Did not work for me and a few friends and if we would have used lubriderm only would have been fine. I have one tattoo (the one I used bacitracin on) that I have had colored 3 times already and it is only about 7 years old.

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No shit huh Wayne. I have a couple of big tats and I used Pep. H and it worked great. It left great color even after 10 years. I know the color is not the reason behind the ointment but i know I never had any problems when I first got it and it healed.

Not doubting you just suprised.
Ya, if you look up tattoo care on google or yahoo most links tell you to just use a moisturizer. But if it worked for you then great....I was not so lucky

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I dunno... I've had four tats from four artists over a 10-year span. All recommended keeping it moist/not allowing it to scab, 2 recommended Prep-H, 2 recommended Neosporin, one suggested keeping it covered, most did not. All healed quite nicely and were it not for the fact that my tats are on my ass (which has grown/shrunk repeatedly over the years), would probably still be pristine (I don't do swimming pools or nude sunbathing, so fading wasn't an issue).

Are there any actual practicing tattoo artists in the house? Maybe we would all be best served by getting advice from an expert.

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I heard if you stand on your head and clap your feet together 50 times while patting the area of the tattoo, it will cause it to heal perfectly and you will never have to go back to get any touch ups. Well thats what the one tattoo artists told me to do.
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everyone will tell you something diff. but from my experience with tattoos. Is do not use anything that is petroleum based. use plain old lotion. you want to apply it many times a day as to not let the area dry out. you want to keep it moist, but you also want to let air in. petroleum based products will not allow that, and will usally call for a longer healing time due to it.. Just from my experience. but as you have seen in this thread, everyone has something diff to say. So give the head stand a shot, it may work

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I ran a search on yahoo and found 3 different links telling 3 different things. One said moisturizer, one said bacatracin and one said a&d ointment but all 3 said no neosporin....I just know from my experience that ointment bad and lubriderm good (for me)...

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I ran a search on yahoo and found 3 different links telling 3 different things. One said moisturizer, one said bacatracin and one said a&d ointment but all 3 said no neosporin....I just know from my experience that ointment bad and lubriderm good (for me)...
I agree, anything that will cover your pores up is not good.

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i believe that different types of ink require different aftercare. i used Lubriderm only and i didn't have any problems. call up whoever gave you the tat and ask him

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I use preperation H on my asshole, but my tatts I used lubriderm and some other mosturizer that the tattoo shop gave me. They told me not to use P H, neosporin, and most other lotions.
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Rule of thumb is moisturizer only.
i have this stuff, forgot the name, i can check when i get home, my work healed quicker, and stayed sharper.

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I got my tattoo about 2 months ago, I was told to not touch it for a day then keep a layer of A and D lotion on it for a week then use unscented lotion for another week. It looks fine today
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My wife is a body piercer and has owned her own tattoo studio. She agrees with the way I do my aftercare. Pepration H is oil based, not allowing the skin to breath. I think it is kinda like putting butter on a burn. Alot of people/artists still recomend prep h, but I do not. I have put neosporin on a few spots that have healed hard (scabing really bad, ect) but I mainly use lubriderm. I just got back from getting my leg worked on, and the artist actually said he is close to being done. I started it about two and a half years ago. Kinda cool, but depressing

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I used neosporin... until I broke out in a head to toe rash due to an allergic reaction. Turns out that many people are allergic to neosporin, and that many people recommend polysporing instead.

Last tattoo I had I used Tattoo Goo and Lubriderm and had no problems.
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I have a sleve and many others on my body. I always use Eucerin, which DOES NOT contain alcohol. The first night I sleep with it wrapped with saran wrap. I clean with mild soap and do not scrub, just pat it. I follow with a layer of Eucerin. I do this for about 7 days and have never had a healing problem and very minimal scabbing.
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I have a sleve and many others on my body. I always use Eucerin, which DOES NOT contain alcohol. The first night I sleep with it wrapped with saran wrap. I clean with mild soap and do not scrub, just pat it. I follow with a layer of Eucerin. I do this for about 7 days and have never had a healing problem and very minimal scabbing.
Read your ingredients again, mine says lanolin alcohol. If you like eucerin than try the aveeno sensitive skin. A littler thinner and easier to apply. Also has oatmeal in it, stops itching. Walgreens makes a good generic of it.
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Your right i just checked mine.The tattoo shop says to stay away from alcohol though,but tells me to use eucerin.Been working fine for 13yrs.I guess i will stick with it.I think everyone heals different too.Different skin types and such.
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