Getting a new tattoo is exciting. Waiting for it to heal can be stressful. In most cases, everything goes well. However, in certain cases, issues such as cracking can occur. If you notice that your skin in the area of the tattoo is getting dry, it’s time to start taking steps to avoid cracking. It’s normal for the skin to dry as your tattoo heals, this is why you have to give it the proper care in order to prevent healing issues.
Why Do Some Tattoos Crack
There are several reasons why a tattoo might crack. Dry skin is usually the culprit. It dries out too much and the cracking begins. It can be due to thick scabbing. Some tattoos have thick scabs and some have thin, this is normal- just pay extra attention if you have thick scabbing. It can also be something that you are doing or more importantly, not doing. For example, not drinking enough water or not applying enough lotion. Also, cracking can be a sign of infection. You will usually know if the cause is infection, since the area will be painful to the touch, you will likely have a fever and you’ll be experiencing chills.
Prevention is Key
Preventing cracking is the best thing that you can do for your tattoo. One of the most important things that you can do is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water during the first couple of weeks after you get your new tattoo. If your skin dries out, your tattoo will dry out too. Use lotion on your tattoo. Make sure that you apply a thin layer, as your tattoo artist should have instructed. For best results, make sure to apply the lotion after your skin is completely dried after your shower. If you apply lotion to scabs that are still wet, it could result in bubbling, which is another issue that can occur during the healing process. Also, make sure that you are only allowing a reputable tattoo artist to give you a tattoo. Clean equipment is essential if you want to prevent infections. The best way to prevent tattoo cracking is by using a specialized kit like H2Ocean’s Ultimate Tattoo Care kit. This 3-step kit uses all natural ingredients to cleanse and nourish a healing tattoo, helping to preserve it for years to come.
How to Care for a Cracked Tattoo
If you notice cracking on your tattoo, take steps to hydrate your skin. Drink water and apply lotion two or three times per day. Before you apply lotion to your tattoo, make sure that the area is clean. Avoid exposing your tattoo to the sun for a couple of days. The sun’s rays can cause further dehydration of your skin. If you suspect that you might have an infection, consult your physician. Just a little bit of effort and care on your part can help prevent cracking. It’s not difficult, just make sure to stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Drinking water is something that is good for your entire body. Apply lotion to keep the tattoo from drying out too quickly. When you apply the lotion, use a thin layer. Finally, only visit clean, reputable tattoo shops.