How To Take Care of Your Scabbed or Scabbing Tattoo

Basic Care of a Tattoo

So, you got a tattoo. Are you wondering things like when to take the gauge off, is it OK for clothes to rub against it, or maybe what can I put on it. I'm hear to help you and give you some information on what to do from start to finish. I have four tattoos myself and have had different experiences with each one. I even had one get infected and I will address that problem as well. An infected tattoo can catch you off guard because it's something that most people don't talk about when talking about getting a tattoo. So just be patient, it does take awhile to heal and it will be painful. That's just part of it.

So first, basic care of your new tattoo. You can take the gauze off after about an hour. Keep your new tattoo out of the sun and don't take a bath. The first day you won't notice a whole lot of discomfort. When you wake up day two though you'll notice when you move your tattoo will hurt. Depending upon where you got your tattoo it will hurt if you lay on it. More so, you will notice pain when you move because of your tattoo having scabbed up in the night. If this is your first tattoo it is surprisingly uncomfortable and more painful than what you thought it would be

painful burning tattoo infection

Basic Care of a New Tattoo

 So first your basic care of your new tattoo. You can take the gauze off after about an hour. Keep your new tattoo out of the sun and don't take a bath. The first day you won't notice a whole lot of discomfort. When you wake up day two though you'll notice when you move your tattoo will hurt. Depending upon where you got your tattoo it will hurt if you lay on it. More so, you will notice pain when you move because of your tattoo having scabbed up in the night. If this is your first tattoo it is surprisingly uncomfortable and more painful than what you thought it would be.

Scabbed Tattoo

How to Take Care of a Scabbed Tattoo

 First of all don't worry, your tattoo will get nice looking again once the scab falls off. The first thing about a scabbed tattoo is NEVER pick or scratch at your scab, it will pull the color out of your tattoo. Second put A&D Ointment sparingly 3-4 times a day on it to help keep it moist. Do not put it on thick. Your tattoo needs to get air to it to heal. What works better than A&D is an unscented lotion.

Beginning of a Tattoo Infection

How to take care of an infected tattoo

Do you think your tattoo is infected, here's how to take care of it. The signs are red around the tattoo itself, this is how it usually starts. Another telltale sign is if you touch your tattoo and it feels hot, then you have an infection. Some people also experience bumps. Pour peroxide on a clean paper towel, squeeze out the excess and lay it onto your tattoo and leave it there for several minutes. Repeat this several times throughout the day.

Really Bad Tattoo Infection

Tattoo Scab is Falling Off

 Once your scab starts falling off your almost done with the healing process. Just know it can take several weeks to get to this point. Just keep applying your A&D ointment or unscented lotion. Wear loose clothing so the scab won't get pulled off. You may also want to use old sheets because you'll probably have blood spots.

Red Bumps Tattoo Infection

Tattoo After Care

 After your scab is off you still want to keep applying lotion of some sort. This will keep the color/black vibrant. Continue doing this on a regular basis to keep your tattoo looking fabulous.

Pretty Anklet Tattoo

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

what a useful article thank you!!


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

I'm glad you found it useful, thank you :)


Leo 5 years ago

i just got my 1st tattoo 6 days ago, i xperienced scabbing and it all fell off within 5days? is that normal?


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

There's no set time frame for when a tattoo falls off. Usually it's the larger tattoos that take longer to heal. A smaller tattoo can heal pretty quickly. Enjoy your tattoo !


Tony 4 years ago

I've had back to back sittings within a 12 hr period, day 1 after wasn't to bad, day 2 different story. Infection has set in to the point of my leg and ankle swelling, redness, and it started to ooze. I hadto see my family doctor and get some antibiotics...the oozing stopped and it's now scabbed over but the redness, swelling, and severe pain remain...Monday it will be 7 days of this....what else should I do?


Bethany Nolen 3 years ago

What if my tattoo is dry and cracky looking after 4 months? I got 3 symbols on my ankle and two of them look fine but the top one is very dry and kind of scabby. I did used to scratch it in my sleep in the beginning.

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