Tattoo Aftercare FAQ

1. How long should I keep the initial bandage on my new tattoo?

Keep the initial bandage on for at least a few hours after getting tattooed. It's best to follow your tattoo artist's specific advice, as the time may vary depending on the size and location of your tattoo.

2. Can I use any soap to clean my tattoo?

It's important to use a specific tattoo cleaning soap to avoid irritating the tattooed area as much as possible. Look for soaps labelled as gentle or for sensitive skin. YAYO tattoo soaps gently cleanse with natural ingredients and keep the area clean.

3. How often should I moisturise my new tattoo?

Apply a thin layer of your favourite YAYO tattoo butter to your tattoo 2-3 times a day with specific tattoo butters. If the tattoo feels dry or tight, you can apply the butter more frequently, but avoid over-moisturising.

4. When can I start exposing my tattoo to the sun?

Wait until your tattoo has fully healed before exposing it to direct sunlight. This typically takes about 2-4 weeks. Even after healing, use a high-SPF suncream to protect your tattoo from fading.

5. Is it normal for my tattoo to peel or scab?

Yes, peeling and some scabbing are normal parts of the healing process. Avoid picking or scratching at the scabs to prevent damage to your tattoo.

6. How do I know if my tattoo is infected?

Signs of infection include excessive redness, swelling, warmth, foul odour, or pus. If you notice any of these signs, seek medical attention immediately.

7. Can I go swimming after getting a tattoo?

Avoid swimming in pools, oceans, or soaking in the bath for at least 2-4 weeks after getting your tattoo. Chlorinated water and bacteria in natural water sources can cause infections and affect the healing process.

8. Why is it important to protect my tattoo from the sun?

UV rays can fade and damage the ink, leading to a blurred or discoloured tattoo over time. Protecting your tattoo from the sun helps maintain its vibrancy and definition.

9. How long does it take for a tattoo to fully heal?

A tattoo typically takes 2-4 weeks to heal on the surface, but complete healing beneath the skin can take up to 6 months. Follow your aftercare routine throughout this time to ensure optimal healing.

10. Can I use petroleum-based products on my tattoo?

It's best to avoid petroleum-based products as they can clog pores and inhibit the skin's ability to breathe and heal. Opt for specialised tattoo aftercare products or those recommended by your tattoo artist.

11. How can I reduce swelling and redness after getting a tattoo?

Elevate the tattooed area and apply a cool compress if needed. Make sure to keep the area clean and follow your aftercare routine closely to reduce inflammation.

12. What type of clothing should I wear over my new tattoo?

Wear loose, breathable clothing over your tattoo to prevent irritation and allow the skin to breathe. Avoid tight or abrasive fabrics that can rub against the tattoo.

13. Is it necessary to reapply aftercare products throughout the day?

Yes, reapplying aftercare products helps keep the tattoo moisturised and protected, especially in the early stages of healing. Follow the product's instructions and your tattoo artist's advice on frequency.

14. Can I workout or exercise after getting a tattoo?

It's best to avoid intense workouts, heavy sweating, and gym environments for the first few days to prevent infection and irritation. Gentle, low-impact activities are generally fine.

15. How do I sleep with a new tattoo?

Try to avoid putting pressure on your new tattoo while sleeping. If possible, sleep on the opposite side of the tattooed area and consider covering it with a clean, soft cloth to protect it.

16. How soon can I touch or scratch my tattoo?

Avoid touching or scratching your tattoo, especially with unclean hands. If the tattoo itches, gently pat the area or apply more YAYO tattoo butter instead of scratching.

17. Can I shave over my new tattoo?

Wait until the tattoo has fully healed before shaving the area to avoid causing irritation or infection. This typically takes at least 4 weeks.

18. What should I do if I notice an allergic reaction to the ink?

If you notice signs of an allergic reaction, such as excessive itching, redness, or bumps, consult a healthcare professional immediately for advice and treatment.

19. How do I care for my tattoo in hot or humid weather?

Keep your tattoo clean and dry, and apply a lightweight, breathable moisturiser. Wear suncream and loose clothing to protect the tattoo from sun and excessive sweating.

20. Can a vegan aftercare product improve the healing of my tattoo?

Yes, vegan aftercare products can be beneficial for healing as they often contain natural, gentle ingredients that nourish the skin without harsh chemicals, promoting a healthy healing environment.

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