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How to take care of a tattoo without the aftercare product

Updated on December 17, 2015
Tattoo After Care
Tattoo After Care

What Worked For Me

As soon as I turned eighteen I headed to the nearest tattoo parlor. I went to All About Ink in Pensacola Florida. My tattoo was already one hundred twenty and that's expensive for a student. After that I really wasn't ready to pay for the aftercare. They told me to keep it moisturized and air it out.

I went to the closest Walgreens and bought a simple scent FREE vitamin E lotion. I took the cling wrap off my wrist and washed the tattoo with an antibacterial soap. Then I patted it dry and applied the lotion to it. So for a week every three to five hours I applied the lotion to the tattoo or when it was just itchy. DONT SCRATCH. And if it scabs dont peel it! Because if you peel it then some of the ink can come away with the scab, and then you will have to get it retouched up. Which is annoying.

My tattoo is in fantastic shape now. This worked for me. If you are interested in a tattoo but don't want to buy the aftercare maybe this will work for you as well!!


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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Vitamin E lotion -- that's a great idea. Now that my painterly tattoo is healed, I'm going to use vitamin E oil to keep is soft and shiny.

      Why no picture of your tattoo?