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Can you use too much lotion on your tattoo? - April 29th 2010, 01:45 PM

So I was wondering how often you should be washing and putting lotion on a new tattoo. My artist told me once or twice a day, but I've heard so many different things that I'm now confused
Right now I'm following my artist's directions, washing and cleaning it two times a day, but I was wondering what those of you with tattoos did when you got yours.
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Re: Can you use too much lotion on your tattoo? - April 29th 2010, 02:39 PM

I actually was told to use baby lotion twice a day for a couple of weeks.

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Re: Can you use too much lotion on your tattoo? - April 29th 2010, 04:14 PM

When I first got my tattoo, since it is small, i was told to put A&D ointment on it (stuff used for dipper rash and burns). after about a week then I was told to use cocoa butter a few times a day.
i know that for the first week or so that you have a tattoo, you dont want to put too much on it because you want the skin to be able to breath still.
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Re: Can you use too much lotion on your tattoo? - May 1st 2010, 05:17 AM

Yes it is possible to use too much lotion. You just want to lightly lotion the tattoo not smother it in lotion, so if your tattoo has a glossy glare to it after youre done rubbing the lotion in, then you have too much and need to dab some off with a paper towel. Otherwise twice a day is normal, you don't want to put too much on and have any scabs become soggy.
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Re: Can you use too much lotion on your tattoo? - May 1st 2010, 10:34 AM

Its really easy to put too much lotion on a tattoo, and doing so causes the tattoo scabs to bubble and lift the ink.

I always advise baby nappy rash cream twice a day (a tiny amount, to create a film over the tattoo but not smoother it) do this until the scabs have completely gone...

if its all loverly and sunny where your at (not normally an issue where I am) once the scabs have gone make sure you put sun lotion on around the tattoo (again little bits no smothering) This way the colours wont fade to quickly.

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Re: Can you use too much lotion on your tattoo? - May 1st 2010, 11:09 AM

But if it feels dry and tight, put a little more cream on it.
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