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Tattoo Timeline: First 48 Hours with a Tattoo

So, you got your tattoo, now what? The excitement of getting a brand new tattoo - the planning that goes into it, the research on the best tattoo artist in your area, and then finally, being able to see your vision come to life as body art. So now, you enter into the healing phase. The first 48 hours with your tattoo are critical - learn why and how to best care for your new art.

Getting a tattoo is no easy feat, and involves the literal wounding of your skin. Tattoo aftercare begins from the moment that your artist completes your ink. Your licensed tattoo artist likely gave you instructions, these are key to follow to ensure your tattoo stays healthy, heals properly, and avoids a nasty infection. At the tattoo shop, the artist may put ointment on your tattoo and wrap up the tattoo with a bandage. Your tattoo is susceptible to infection in the healing phase, so it’s important to keep the bandage on for the time your artist recommends, typically 3-5 hours.

After the allotted time has passed, you can take the bandage off. Make sure your hands are clean, then you can wash your tattoo with fragrance-free soap and water. It’s normal for your skin to be sensitive around the tattoo, so be gentle and have patience. After you’ve washed your tattoo, you can let skin have some air, no need to put the bandage back on. To assist in the healing process, apply Mad Rabbit’s soothing gel, safe to use in the initial 48 hours of getting your tattoo.

After those initial several hours, here are some key things to remember in those first 48 hours with your new ink:

Avoid the itch...to itch

Although your skin may feel irritated around your tattoo, stay away from the temptations of itching, scratching and picking at your tattoo. This can lead to unwanted scarring and further irritation to your new art. Be patient here, we know you can’t wait to show off your tattoo, but trust us, it’s worth the wait.

Protect your tattoo from the sun

We all know that the sun can damage our skin and cause tattoos to fade, so make sure your clothes cover your tattoo if you go outside. Don’t put sunblock products on your tattoo until it’s fully healed. For now, just do your best to keep that ink away from those harsh UV rays. 

Stay away from submerging your tattoo in water

In the first 48 hours, try to avoid too much contact with water. Showers are fine, but avoid going for a swim in the ocean or pool. Need to relieve the pain or itch around your ink? Repair your skin with our soothing gel to promote wholesome healing of your tattoo, while maintaining proper airflow to your tattoo.

Good things come to those who wait

We all know the saying...but when it comes to tattoos healing, this couldn’t be more true. Your tattoo needs a chance for a breather, or it may not heal properly. In the meantime, our gentle soothing gel can be used on new tattoos to aid in the restoration process. Be patient, healing times differ with every person, each tattoo has its own timeline depending on size, detail, and how your body heals.

But why stop here? Yes, it’s true that the first 48 hours with your new ink and the following first week are key to having a successful healing process, but tattoo aftercare doesn’t stop here. In fact, we can all care for our tattoos as a part of our daily routines. And that’s where Mad Rabbit tattoo balm comes in - safe to use after your ink is fully healed. Mad Rabbit offers the perfect all natural tattoo aid for your aftercare needs, formulated with all natural and organic ingredients, sourced from the greater Los Angeles area. Our tattoo aid revitalizes old tattoos and prevents new tattoos from fading.

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