After you have received your new tattoo, the best treatment to give it is to treat it the way you would treat a bad sunburn.
- Leave the protective dressing on the tattoo for the first few hours at or even overnight
- Remove the dressing and rinse the area gently with cold water and a mild soap (Johnsons Baby Soap) and blot dry.
- Apply a thin film of antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin or any of the triple antibiotic ointments available over the counter) 4 x a day and blot out the excess.
- Keep the tattoo fresh and open to the air. Do not bandage. After the first three days you can probably just keep the area clean on a daily basis and if you wish, lightly lubricate the area with some vaseline to minimise the crusting and itchiness.
- For the first week, avoid swimming or long soaking in the water.
- For the first month, avoid too much exposure to the sun.
- Do not pick or scratch scabs
- Itching is relieved by slapping or a light application of alcohol or vaseline.
- Keep tattoo covered with loose clothing.
Plastic surgeons often recommend that you keep a wound clean and moist (but not wet) to minimise the scar formation