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Post-infection cracked and bleeding mess

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Hey, guys!

The last tattoo I got is a bit of a roller coaster. I got a sort of allergic reaction to Dermalize glue and the tattoo got incredibly inflamed, hurting a lot and bad looking the next day (you can see pictures attached of day of & day after), plus all the area where the Dermalize touched my skin directly (no plasma underneath) is still red and sensitive even 4 days after removing it. I made a big mistake using the Dermalize, when I saw how much plasma was accumulating, I didn't change it in the evening, so the seal broke during the night letting bacteria in. I don't know yet if it was the Dermalize allergy or if I got an infection, but the pain for the first 3 days was quite tough.

However, I went to the doctor and they prescribed antibiotic cream which helped with the perhaps-infection or whatever it was, but now the tattoo is incredibly dry and cracking. The first few days I could not tolerate putting anything on top of it. I tried with SorryMom Tattoo balm and pure Shea butter but the skin was getting incredibly sore and red when I tried, so I had to leave it just with the antibiotic cream for the first 4  days and starting 5th day I could apply Shea Butter. Now it's day 6 and the whole area is a tight, cracked mess (some cracks looks so deep) and starts bleeding all the time. I am trying to keep a sterile dressing on it while at work but that gets stuck to the cracks that occasionally leak plasma and even removing it under warm water make it starts bleeding.

Any advice in how to help with the cracking scabs problem? By this point I know I will need to get the tattoo done again. I can see the antibiotic cream took a lot of the color away so I just want to help it heal and not leave any scars. The whole area feels so tight and still so so sore.

It might be relevant that it was a coverup so the artist had to be quite heavy handed in some areas to try and cover the old tattoo and I had never used Dermalize or any other of this stick-on films before.

 

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I agree, you've applied 4 different products already and have irritated the hell out of a fresh tattoo.

You're best bet is to tough it out and dry heal it.

Don't lose hope, I've had waay worse looking scabby heals (with no product, strictly dry) and nothing was lost. If the tattoo was done well and packed in, that ink is in there good. Doesn't look too bad or anything that a light touchup can't fix.

 

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Hey, guys! Thanks for the tips. I actually bought aloe vera and have been using just that yesterday.  Applied it in the evening and in the morning and I think it made a big difference. It's still dry but not cracking so much anymore. I also got some non-sticking gauze to use at work so hopefully in a few days the tightness and cracking will resolve itself.

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On 5/3/2018 at 2:27 AM, poopsiekittens said:

Hey, guys! Thanks for the tips. I actually bought aloe vera and have been using just that yesterday.  Applied it in the evening and in the morning and I think it made a big difference. It's still dry but not cracking so much anymore. I also got some non-sticking gauze to use at work so hopefully in a few days the tightness and cracking will resolve itself.

Don't put anything on it. You are smothering it. Just let it heal.

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