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What Do You Do if Your Tattoo Is Peeling?

Eddie Kolos and Horiyoshi

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When someone gets a tattoo for the very first time they may get a little concerned if they begin to see their tattoo peeling or flaking. However, there is no need to worry abut tattoo peeling since the peeling process is a normal part of getting a tattoo, in fact, you should expect it to start peeling since your tattoo is an open wound. Your tattoo artist will probably explain that tattoo peeling is part of the process, and during this time following a proper tattoo aftercare routine is very important to keep your tattoo healthy and intact.
Since you have managed to bear that tattoo pain, handling the peeling stage won’t be that difficult. Just make sure to follow the dos and don’ts in the list given below, and very soon you will be ready to show off your healed and beautiful tattooed skin to the world.

What you should not do:

1. Do not pull off the scabs

During the first few days of the peeling stage, it’s important to never pull or pick at your scabs from the tattoo. Even though the peeling layer of skin may appear to be coming off, it’s still attached to your skin. It is very important to wait until the tattoo peels off on its own. If you pull on it before it is fully ready then the unsettled tattoo ink will also likely come out with it which will make your tattoo look patchy in those areas.

2. Do not scratch the tattoo, even if it itches

If you scratch at the peeling tattoo because it is itchy, it will rip off the area prematurely and the unsettled tattoo ink will come off along with it, creating patches. Also during the peeling stage your skin is prone to infection. Your fingernails may be home to germs and if it comes into contact with the peeling skin, it can cause an infection.

What you should do:

1. Moisturize your tattoo well

If you moisturize your healing tattoo properly it will help ease the itching you may be experiencing and it will make the tattoo healing process much faster because of the various minerals and vitamins that the moisturizing ointment has. A good moisturizing ointment can even make your tattoo appear better during the peeling stage. One of the most popular and most effective tattoo aftercare products that you should consider using is H2Ocean’s Aquatat. This product has been created to help keep your new tattoo protected. It’s also one of the only products on the market that was created SPECIFICALLY for tattoos. It helps prevent premature tattoo peeling, pimples, drying, and cracking skin. It also contains anti-aging ingredients, keeps your skin protected and promotes healing.

2. Keep the tattoo clean

If you keep the tattoo clean during the peeling and healing stage, which should be about 2 weeks, it will help prevent infections. When the tattooed area is clean from oil and dirt the tattoo healing process will also speed up to shed dead skin cells more easily.

3. Be patient

You have to accept the fact that your tattoo looks imperfect for a couple of weeks. It will look dry and flaky but this is normal. You need to understand that you cannot do anything about this, it is a part of the healing process and you just have to wait until the area fully heals. So, you must be patient.

3. Wear loose clothing

Wearing loose clothing during the tattoo healing process can help you to avoid an allergic reaction which can affect the healing process. Since new tattoos peel, it will also help the tattoo to heal on its own instead of rubbing against tight clothing and flaking off prematurely.


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