If you just got your first tattoo, you may realize its peeling and flaking. So, is it normal for a tattoo to scab? The answer is a resounding yes. While tattoos are not necessarily supposed to scab, it’s completely normal for them to do so. Right now, your new tattoo is an open wound that should heal within the next few weeks. A scab is generally characterized by secretion of a yellowish substance called plasma which is then followed by itching which is part of the healing process.
Why do tattoos scab?
A tattoo procedure usually injures the skin. Basically, a scab offers a protective cover over the tattooed area against bacterial infection. As a cautionary measure, you should let them fall off on their own. However, if your skin is pierced several times, you might end up having a lot of small scabs. No matter how irritating it is, never pick your scabs off. Remember, you have invested your money and time, so don’t wash it down the drain.
What are the signs of an infection?
Your tattoo area may be infected if you notice any puss oozing from the scab, excessive swelling, excessive pain, or redness on the area surrounding your tattoo. In that case, it is imperative that you act quickly. You can try applying a warm compress to the area and you should apply H2Ocean’s Aquatat ointment to help promote healing. If the infection has not shown any signs of improvement within a day or so, you should then seek medical help. While signs of an infection are rare, your health is far more important than protecting your tattoo. Most scabs will often heal naturally.
How long does scabbing last
In most cases, scabbing will occur after three days. It will then flake and peel off after 1 week. By the 10th day, the scab will fall off. The thicker the scab the longer it will take to heal.
How to protect your tattoo scabs
Be cautious when washing and showering. The scabs usually get soft when taking a shower. In fact, they can easily tear when soaked in water. It’s recommended that you try to keep off bodies of water until they dry off. If you must use a towel, pat the area gently. At the same time, avoid engaging in extreme physical activities that can trigger sweating.
Don’t pick or scratch the area
Scratching or picking the scabs can do more harm than good. Your fingers may also be carrying some bacteria which can easily be transferred to the wound.
Selecting the right moisturizing ointment
For your scabs to heal well, you need to strike a balance. This means you don’t want your skin to be too dry or too wet. Ideally, you should apply an ointment to promote healing. The most effective FDA approved healing ointment is H2Ocean’s Aquatat. It contains vitamin A and D which promotes healing, without the pore-clogging capabilities and chemical compounds that irritate the skin. It is one of the only products you can find that is not made with food grade ingredients and is made just for tattoos.
Let’s face it, you can’t avoid tattoo scabbing. Just allow the scabs to heal naturally by applying the above ointment.