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Tattooed Skin: Tips for Taking Care of your Skin After a Tattoo

Now that you have a tattoo, you want to make sure you take good care of your skin so that it heals properly and so that the tattoo design stays intact, as beautiful as you envisioned it. Follow these steps for tattoo skin care and things to keep an eye out for if trouble arises. 

Taking care of your new, tattooed skin.

The nature of tattoos cause trauma to the skin. The dermis has many nerves and some can be injured too, so tattooed skin usually becomes more sensitive until it is healed. Tattoos also interfere with the normal skin secretion of natural skin moisturizers from the sebaceous glands, and it is important to use skin moisturizers plus avoid dry exposure. Dye (especially red dyes) can become toxic to skin when exposed to ultraviolet light, which is in sunlight. Stay out of the sunlight for several weeks. Use a plenty of sunscreen, before going out into the sun. Using a long-lasting, broad-spectrum SPF 30 or 50 and reapplying it often is more effective than paying extra for SPF-100 or 110.

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Possible tattoo problems you should be aware of:

The pigments, metals and chemicals in tattoo ink, and the tiny holes in the skin from needle punctures can promote skin infection even under most sanitary conditions.

Some people experience allergic reactions after tattooing, including red, blue, yellow and green dyes. The reaction can occur soon after the tattoo or years later. An inflamed spot (granuloma) or focal scar (keloid) may appear on the skin; luckily this is less common.

A tattoo can flare up or worsen skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. The skin artistry may take longer to heal in those with autoimmune disorders or taking immunosuppressive medication.

Some pigments (especially some red dyes) can be phototoxic, resulting in skin irritation when people are exposed to the sunlight. After skin recovers from the tattoo its sensitivity can decrease, so you don’t feel light touch as well as before the tattoo.


Tattoo inks rarely complicate MRI imaging tests, yet can act up right away or years after getting tattoo. The reaction of tattoo inks (especially dyes with iron) to MRI pulses can rarely cause a burning sensation in the tattoo area for a little while, skin swelling, and very rarely cause a skin burn. The dye does not have to be magnetic to cause imaging problems, paramagnetic dyes can interfere with the medical images of MRI.

Before: Ask your tattoo artist about what to expect in your skin. Talk about the process, the needles, their effects, and if they are sterile. To get an MRI safe tattoo: ask if the dye contains iron or causes problems with having an MRI scan.

After: Follow the instructions of your tattoo professional. Moisturize the tattoo skin several times a day to keep the epidermis smooth and clear to show the bright pigment artistry in your skin. Tattooed skin requires extra care. Liquid Skin Salve for Dry Skin is a perfect fit to replenish the natural moisturizing factors and your skin will recover faster. Tattooed skin get sunburn easier, don't forget to cover your tattoo, if you plan to spend the day on the beach.Sutton Family After Sun Solution will provide cooling relief to the skin, overexposed to the sun.

If your skin is having an abnormal reaction then contact your doctor.

Go for the tattoo design you relish and keep enjoying it for years to come!




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