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.

    New Lower Back Tattoo

    New Lower Back Tattoo

  • 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.
  • Covering New Tattoo with Dressing

    Covering New Tattoo with Dressing

  • 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