Wet Vs Dry Healing For Tattoos

It is a common misconception that a scab is a healthy part of the wound healing process. This actually slows down the formation of new healthy cell growth and gives a higher risk of scar tissue.

Keeping a tattooed area completely dry during healing can cause a thicker scab and longer healing times. If the tattoo is on a crease or line in the skin the scab can crack and take it all the way back to the first stage of the healing process, risking ink loss, scarring and infection.

Equally, keeping the new tattoo continuously moist may also be detrimental and begin to attract bacteria and risk the chance of infection.

Finding the correct balance is an individual art for creating the perfect conditions for healing skin and healing a tattoo to perfection. The implementation of the correct nutrients at the right stage is imperative to the outcome. This can be generalised but some require a tailored aftercare regime to suit their skin.

The skin responds best to an environment similar to it’s own so being moisturised and warm assists with triggering the healing response required for cell regeneration. This doesn’t mean by keeping it covered for lengths of time with the original film used to protect it, nor does it mean the over use of creams and it is vital to not over soak in a bath or extreme sweating. As recommended by surgeons, wound healing needs particular care. This means keeping the area clean, and free from unfriendly bacteria and applying the correct nutrients to keep the scabbing to a minimum, feeding the skin with the essential vitamins for an ideal heal.

At An79 we tailor an aftercare plan for each person to optimise the healing of their tattoo depending on their skin. We always give at least a days rest between having the tattoo and starting aftercare application to ensure the body has the chance to begin the healing process.