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    How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    I am running into a pretty serious dilemma. My tattoo is drying out really fast with the winter's dry weather. At home I just keep lotioning up like usual but all week I am stuck in a suit at work and it is simply crazy to keep disrobing myself constantly to keep this sucker hydrated. Any options other than keep taking my jacket and shirt off every few hours?

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    I wouldn't worry too much. I don't think any great harm is going to happen to your tattoo if it gets a little dry. It's part of the natural healing process.

    I use a very small amount of Aquaphor the first few days then I switch to E45 cream. I tend to put a little bit more cream on the tattoo after it has "flaked" to counter the itchyness, caused by the tattooed area drying out. From what I've been told and through personal experience lotions do nothing to aid the healing process, your own body will take care of that part.

    Basically I look at a tattoo as an open wound. Now if I had an open wound due to an injury the last thing I would be doing is constantly putting lotion on it. The wound has to dry out, to a certain extent, in order to heal.

    Personaly I use creams and lotions to make the tattooed area feel a bit a little more comfortable during the healing process. If you are sufffering like crazy from itchyness you are probobly stuck with the stripping off every so often to put on some lotion as your clothes will absorb most of it during the day.

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Quote Originally Posted by jade1955 View Post
    I wouldn't worry too much. I don't think any great harm is going to happen to your tattoo if it gets a little dry. It's part of the natural healing process.

    I use a very small amount of Aquaphor the first few days then I switch to E45 cream. I tend to put a little bit more cream on the tattoo after it has "flaked" to counter the itchyness, caused by the tattooed area drying out. From what I've been told and through personal experience lotions do nothing to aid the healing process, your own body will take care of that part.

    Basically I look at a tattoo as an open wound. Now if I had an open wound due to an injury the last thing I would be doing is constantly putting lotion on it. The wound has to dry out, to a certain extent, in order to heal.

    Personaly I use creams and lotions to make the tattooed area feel a bit a little more comfortable during the healing process. If you are sufffering like crazy from itchyness you are probobly stuck with the stripping off every so often to put on some lotion as your clothes will absorb most of it during the day.
    Yea I've found Aquaphora for the first 48-72 hours then straight to Luberderm (normal as possible lotion). I normally wouldnt care much but it is getting crazy dry as with the rest of my skin due to all this dry air. It is dry enough to start drying out my cigar humidor!

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    say fuck it and quit your suit and tie job?

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Funny, had a similar worry with my arm filler but I treated it the same as any other time and it all healed fine. And this year I've noticed my arms and legs getting crazy dry.. like ashy dry. But unless you're scabbing really bad and it's cracking, I wouldn't worry too much. Otherwise, treat it like any other tattoo. And if you're nervous during the day, find a stall, disrobe, lube it up and don't worry about it.

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Quote Originally Posted by JAllen View Post
    say fuck it and quit your suit and tie job?
    Oh how I would love to do that! I have been trying to get the hell out of the business but I keep getting more money. I would love to drop the suit and tie, I even promised myself back in my punk days that I would rather die than wear a businessman's noose around my neck, but I guess I lied to myself. I still laugh when people at work talk about all those "tattooed punks", and how they will never get a <job, girl, etc, etc>. Maybe I can do some good as a tattooed executive type, break the mold a little and open some eyes!
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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Quote Originally Posted by gougetheeyes View Post
    Funny, had a similar worry with my arm filler but I treated it the same as any other time and it all healed fine. And this year I've noticed my arms and legs getting crazy dry.. like ashy dry. But unless you're scabbing really bad and it's cracking, I wouldn't worry too much. Otherwise, treat it like any other tattoo. And if you're nervous during the day, find a stall, disrobe, lube it up and don't worry about it.
    Right now I'm just dealing with the outline but it is scabbing a bit more than I have had before (could be the tattooist has one hell of a heavy hand!). It is also my first traditional tattoo with a nice big, fat outline!

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Well I'm hardly an authority on this subject having been tattooed for the first time this week, but my attitude to this (and healing generally) is to just allow my body to do what it does so well whenever I am cut, burnt or suffer any other trauma. Keep the area clean and dry, let air get onto it, drink plenty of water and eat well. The only issue I have is that central heating will probably dry mine out worse than regular summer weather. I have stopped with the Bep as of yesterday and now I will apply E45 only if it is obvious that the tattoo is too dry.

    I am firmly of the belief, having researched this for the best part of 3-years, that fucking about with a wound by applying various creams, tinctures and lotions is just getting in the way of nature, and could possibly exacerbate the problems of healing.

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Just put a big fucking blob of vasoline on it. hehehe What I have done in the past in similiar situations is put a thick layer of lotion on it. I know you're not icing a fucking cake but this seems to help me when I'm in a situation where I can't "lube up" every few hours.

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    Re: How to keep tattoos hydrated!

    Quote Originally Posted by johnmc View Post
    That’s why it’s important to take some time to think things over. Going through tattoo designs and catalogues is always worth the time and effort, especially if you are getting it with someone you love. Some couples get infinity symbols or each other’s names tattooed while others even get wedding ring designs inked to their fingers. So you want to make sure your design is unique because you don’t want to end up with the same wedding ring design as the next random guy you see.
    @johnmc I think you've posted this in the wrong thread.

    This thread's about tattoo aftercare.

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