Tattoo Fading & Tattoo Peeling
Unfortunately, many people will notice their tattoo has faded
over time and the colors aren't nearly as vivid as they used to be.
It's normal for tattoos to fade some over the years, especially on
areas exposed to a lot of sun. But some people's tattoos will fade
in just a matter of weeks or months. If the tattoo artist applied
the ink correctly, your color should not fade too drastically.
Here are some advices to slow down the fading process:
When you get your tattoo, follow the aftercare advices from your artist. It's very important to develop a healthy skin after the tattoo process. Tattoo artists who suggest specific products usually do so because they already know what kind of results you will get. They have probably tried several different aftercare products before choosing one to offer to their clients.
There are a lot of new different aftercare products that are in use for a lot of different color inks. Your artist will guide you completely with the proper care. Don't hesitate to ask for any alternative way to heal your tattoo if your not completely agreeable. Ask for an advice from a dermatologist. He/She can give you some extra advices according to your skin type.
Keep the tattooed area clean. Remove the bandage the tattoo artist should have covered your fresh tattoo with in the allotted time he specified to you. Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap and then gently wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap and apply a light coating of the aftercare product suggested by the tattoo artist.
During the healing process, the tattoo still needs to breathe. If you overdo the ointment, it can pull color out of your tattoo. You will also want to wash it at least two to three times each day with antibacterial soap to rid it of old ointment and flaking skin and ink. After the tattoo is healed, a moisturizing lotion will help keep the color vivid when applied regularly, or when it feels dry or looks flaky.
Picking at or scratching any scabs that may appear on your tattoo during the healing process is a quick route to completely losing color in the spots that are picked off.
Wear loose clothing while your tattoo is healing. Tight clothes that rub on a new tattoo can irritate and scrape the area to the point of pulling off flakes and scabs that aren't ready to come off.
It's especially important to avoid swimming, whether it's in a lake, ocean, swimming pool or hot tub. Lakes and other bodies of water are full of micro-organisms and germs that will attack an open wound; this is a quick way to get an infection in a fresh tattoo. Chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs and salt in seawater can bleach out your color.
Avoid washing the area with any harsh chemicals or other products you may get on the area around your tattoo. The longer the product sits on your skin the more damage will be done.
Tattoo Peeling - Advice
A tattoo involves injecting pigments into the top layer of the skin using sharp needles. Because these punctures pierce the skin, the skin bleeds in response and it must heal. By following the aftercare advice of your tattoo professional, you can help to ensure that your tattoo heals properly.
The healing process for a tattoo can take up to two weeks and requires constant vigilance and care. Improperly caring for a fresh tattoo can cause fading, uneven colors and can lead to the development of a scab. Large scabs increase the possibility of pulling out sections of ink.
One of the most important things in the tattoo healing process is to stay clean. Wash a fresh tattoo at least three times a day for the first two weeks with warm water and antibacterial soap. Antibacterial Soaps are great products to prevent any possible infections, so do your homework and avoid any risks.
Take a shower 2-3 times a day. After the showering, pat the area dry with a clean towel or allow it to air dry. Do not rub the tattoo.
Apply protective ointment after each washing for the first three days then switch to a regular non-scented hand lotion. Apply a thin layer of protective ointment; don't over-saturate the area. Never use scented lotion because it contains alcohol, which will dry out the tattoo.
Do not react when you see small flakes of dead skin forming over the tattoo -- this means the peeling process has begun. Allow the skin to peel away naturally or during washing. Do not assist the peeling process in anyway. The parts that are ready to come off will do so.
Don't hesitate to contact your tattoo artist if needed. He could guide you in the healing process and give you the best advice. In some cases it's nice to visit your dermatologist. Not every skin heals fast and easy, so be prepared.
Remember: Proper care is vital! Incorrectly caring for a tattoo or assisting in the peeling process can cause scabbing, which could result in ink loss.