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Any tips for post tattoo care?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM

So I'm planning on getting a tattoo within the next 2 months (my artist is booked solid until then) and I was wondering if any other tattooed paleo hackers had any post tattoo aftercare tips? I'm currently not using shampoo or soap, aside from diluted baking soda and diluted vinegar for my hair. What soaps/lotions should I use on the tattooed area? Thanks in advance!

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on September 19, 2013
at 05:56 PM

yes. There is a huge amount of anthropological work on tattoos. At a minimum we can say that in, the upper paleolithic ~38000 BC, man was producing tools with the specific design to provide mufti-colored tattoos. It seems likely to say that it is likely that tattoos were around for a few generations before that.

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on April 16, 2013
at 02:41 AM

@D. Nielsen Do you think mixing witch hazel or castor oil with the coconut oil would be a good idea?

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on April 15, 2013
at 12:42 AM

Dr. Bronners works great for healing tattoos. I've been using it for years. Wash your tattoo frequently for the first couple of days. Back it down to once or twice a day as it starts to get dry. I have a tendency to steer away from lotions during the healing process as overuse can actually prolong the healing process by reopening the wound. A little bit will go a long ways and if you do use it make sure to rub it in all the way. Coconut oil of olive oil work just fine in place of the lotion, but again use them in moderation. You mostly just have to keep it clean and leave it alone.

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:19 PM

dr bronners also makes a lotion, its super mild, mostly coconut oil anyway I think, with other oils and some lavender essential oil, it would be great for a tattoo

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on April 14, 2013
at 06:01 PM

No idea. But if not that then still pretty refined and artificial. I think the agent is petrolium jelly also. Not ideal.

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on April 14, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Doesn't the vitamin E come from soybeans?

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on April 13, 2013
at 10:51 PM

Could work. I have no experience with it, but I don't see why not. That is probably more natural than Aquaphor. As long as you keep it moist and well conditioned.

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on April 13, 2013
at 09:06 PM

That sounds great! I've been reading about all the great uses for coconut oil outside the kitchen. It's so versatile!

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on April 13, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Also, someone suggested coconut oil as the after care lotion, opinion?

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on April 13, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Thanks! I've been wanting to get Dr. Bronners for travel convenience. I've heard great things. I'll definitely look into the healing ointment as well.

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on April 13, 2013
at 08:50 AM

I just got another (6th) tattoo a week ago. I use coconut oil as my after-care lotion. Seems to be working VERY well.

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on April 13, 2013
at 09:06 PM

That sounds great! I've been reading about all the great uses for coconut oil outside the kitchen. It's so versatile!

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on April 13, 2013
at 09:55 AM

I used argan oil on my tattoos when they got dry and itchy. Hardly any peeling and it healed super quick.

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on April 13, 2013
at 06:56 AM

Dr. Bronners. I would go as far as to say you should be using this for your hair/face/body all the time anyway.

Even if you want to avoid lotions for whatever reason, your artist will insist you use a lotion on the tattoo for weeks after you get it. This is to keep it looking good for the rest of your life.

Keeping the tattoo well conditioned during its' adolescence is paramount to the health and vigor for years to come! Don't skimp on the lotion! I use Aquaphor Healing Ointment on my work.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on April 13, 2013
at 10:51 PM

Could work. I have no experience with it, but I don't see why not. That is probably more natural than Aquaphor. As long as you keep it moist and well conditioned.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 14, 2013
at 11:19 PM

dr bronners also makes a lotion, its super mild, mostly coconut oil anyway I think, with other oils and some lavender essential oil, it would be great for a tattoo

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 13, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Also, someone suggested coconut oil as the after care lotion, opinion?

E1c69de881352caa6ca3167cafe2378d

(10)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:41 AM

@D. Nielsen Do you think mixing witch hazel or castor oil with the coconut oil would be a good idea?

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 13, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Thanks! I've been wanting to get Dr. Bronners for travel convenience. I've heard great things. I'll definitely look into the healing ointment as well.

Ca4ab83e574f868f15c9ea206ab69680

(60)

on April 15, 2013
at 12:42 AM

Dr. Bronners works great for healing tattoos. I've been using it for years. Wash your tattoo frequently for the first couple of days. Back it down to once or twice a day as it starts to get dry. I have a tendency to steer away from lotions during the healing process as overuse can actually prolong the healing process by reopening the wound. A little bit will go a long ways and if you do use it make sure to rub it in all the way. Coconut oil of olive oil work just fine in place of the lotion, but again use them in moderation. You mostly just have to keep it clean and leave it alone.

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on September 19, 2013
at 02:47 PM

Is it Paleo to have someone stick a needle into your body with colored inks?

No thanks I'll pass.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 19, 2013
at 05:56 PM

yes. There is a huge amount of anthropological work on tattoos. At a minimum we can say that in, the upper paleolithic ~38000 BC, man was producing tools with the specific design to provide mufti-colored tattoos. It seems likely to say that it is likely that tattoos were around for a few generations before that.

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on September 19, 2013
at 04:48 AM

Hi Bruno,

I am temporary tattoo provider based in India, We deal in all types of temporary tattoos and promotional products exporter.Before going for a permanent tattoo i would suggest to try out temporary tattoo, you will get an idea which suits you the best also you can change it if you don't like it.

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on April 14, 2013
at 02:14 PM

I put some Webbers vitamin E jelly on them for about a week, other than that let it get air as much as possible and don't worry about washing it in water. Next time I'll probably try some of these more natural ideas.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on April 14, 2013
at 06:01 PM

No idea. But if not that then still pretty refined and artificial. I think the agent is petrolium jelly also. Not ideal.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on April 14, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Doesn't the vitamin E come from soybeans?

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