Over Moisturised Tattoos
We all know by now that taking good care of your tattoo is crucial to ensuring the healthy longevity of your artwork. And, as we’ve outlined, a good aftercare routine is key. One of the most prominent parts of an aftercare routine is ensuring that your tattoo is properly moisturised. Moisturising your tattoo is a sure fire way to prevent itching, redness, scabbing and cracking in the artwork. Going without the use of a tattoo aftercare moisturiser during the healing phase will run the risk of infection and damaging the tattoo design, leaving you with a final result far from what you had in mind. However, as much as we emphasise a consistent aftercare routine, it is important to note that it is, in fact, possible to over moisturise your tattoo. Over moisturising your new ink can occur from excessive moisturising or if the tattoo hasn’t properly dried after getting wet, causing the water to get trapped between the ink and the moisturising lotion. When this happens, gooey scabs of fluid can develop, causing aesthetic changes to your design. So, what are the signs that your tattoo is headed to over moisturised territory and how can you avoid the nasty side effects?
How long do you moisturise a new tattoo?
The length of your aftercare routine is usually dependent on the size of your tattoo, and this can be anywhere between 2 weeks to 3 months. Most professional tattoo artists will recommend moisturizing the fresh ink once or twice each day to give it the best chance of healing. The best way to ensure you adequately hydrate your tattoo is by applying an after care moisturizer every morning and night, particularly after showering to ensure it doesn’t try out.