No matter how good the hygienic conditions of a tattoo studio are, the person getting the tattoo must comply with certain precautions to avoid infections. Tattoos are wounds on the skin and could be the entrance door for germs. Tattoos must receive exceptional care; one care method would be using an antibiotic ointment.
What is Polysporin?
A combination product used to treat minor wounds and to help prevent or treat minor skin infections. Minor skin infections and wounds usually heal without treatment, but some minor injuries may recover more quickly if an antibiotic is applied to the affected area. This product contains antibiotics that work by slowing or stopping bacterial growth.
Polysporin cream and ointment products are for skin use only. Before using the product, it is advised to look through and follow the directions labelled on the product packaging, or you can consult a doctor and use it according to their instructions. Always wash your hands before use, and avoid getting this product in your eyes or inside your mouth. In the event that the product has made contact with your eyes or mouth, remove the excess product immediately and rinse with plenty of water.
Can I put Polysporin on my tattoo?
Like any antibiotic ointment, Polysporin can prevent infections in tattooed areas. However, like other ointments, it may lift the ink and affect the drawing. But not to worry; this only happens when a heavy or excessive amount of ointment is applied.
For this reason, it is recommended that the artist apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment over the tattoo and then cover the area with a bandage or plastic wrap. Having a bandage or plastic wrap helps prevent bacteria from entering the skin. Make sure you keep the bandage on for as long as your tattoo artist recommends, which may be only a few hours. It is always advisable to follow the tattoo artist’s instructions and have the tattoo artist apply both the ointment and the bandage on you before you leave the studio.
What other ointments can I use for tattoos?
Any antibiotic ointment that does not irritate the skin can be used after tattooing. It is essential to stick to familiar products, as it minimizes the chance of receiving rashes. Another element to consider is if the ointment causes any additional irritation or if it is likely to damage the tattoo’s ink. These are all crucial points to consider, and you should always consult with your tattoo artist first before the day of your tattoo appointment. Our tattoo artists can provide product recommendations if you are sensitive to particular products or ingredients.
What other care should be taken with a newly performed tattoo?
The care of your new tattoo depends on the type and extent of the work performed. Usually, you will need to take the following maintenance steps:
Keep the tattooed skin clean. Use ordinary soap and water gently. While showering, avoid direct jets of water on the newly tattooed skin. To dry the area, pat gently, do not rub.
Use moisturizer. Apply a mild moisturizer to the tattooed skin several times a day.
Avoid sun exposure. Do not expose the tattooed area to the sun for at least a few weeks.
Avoid swimming. Stay out of pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water while your tattoo heals.
Choose your clothes carefully. Do not wear anything that could stick to the tattoo.
Please wait up to 2 weeks for it to heal. Do not remove scabs; this increases the risk of infection and can damage the design and cause scarring.
Should I talk to a tattoo artist?
It is best to consult a tattoo artist if you are considering getting a tattoo. A tattoo artist can advise you on the pre-and post-care you should take, and this will help you prepare yourself and know which is the best type of antibiotic ointment for you.
The Tattooist will also help you choose what type of tattoo to get and design it to be creative and unique. Hon Tattoo offers free consultations, where you can talk to our tattoo artists and clarify your doubts, which will allow you to have more knowledge about the tattoo you want.