Tried and Tested Tattoo Aftercare

A few months ago I wrote this piece on why I needed to have a new tattoo.

At the time of writing it had been 14 months since my last one, but now, finally, that drought has ended.

I got a little piece added to my hand a few days ago, courtesy of the lovely Ami Williams at Swansea Tattoo Company, and following the inking I stayed true to my word and gave The Cambridge Clinic’s Fade The Itch healing serum a test run.

The Cambridge Clinic had sent me a free sample a while back, and it had been sitting on my bedroom floor ever since it had arrived. Looking up at me, begging me to be put to use.

With the arrival of my first paycheck, I booked in with Ami, got the word “Ubuntu” tattooed on my right hand, just beside my dove of peace, and put the healing serum to work.

A few hours after getting the ink on my hand, I gave it a light wash to get the blood and goo off. I then put on a fine layer of Fade The Itch and left it, as instructed, to soak into the skin.

An hour or so passed and my tattoo was already looking dry. The swelling and redness had gone down, but I had always tried to keep my ink as moist as possible during the after care process.

Despite applying more of the Fade The Itch serum, my tattoo was drying out and beginning to scab. Not a good sign if you want to keep the colour bold, and the tattoo looking fresh.

I persisted with the Fade The Itch but some time that evening I decided it was not doing what I hoped. I went back to the tried and tested Bepanthen, and slapped on some of that instead.

Perhaps I wasn’t following the instructions as I should have, perhaps I was and the recovery process differs between Fade The Itch and Bepanthen, or perhaps there was another reason. Whatever it was, I was wary of using Fade The Itch during the healing process.

Having spent £40 on my latest tattoo, I wasn’t then prepared to risk its appearance in the hope that a new product will do the job. I decided to stick to what I know works best. Bepanthen is a product I have used a number of times and I have always been satisfied with the results.

I guess the lesson to be learnt from this is; If it aint broke, don’t fix it.


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3 thoughts on “Tried and Tested Tattoo Aftercare

      1. If it goes wrong, it can cause quite extreme dermatitis. The company moved Lanolin up the ingredients so it is now second on the list, and if you are sensitive it can almost destroy a tattoo.
        It took us ages to figure this out, as for all intents and purposes it looked like infection but without any heat or anger to the linework in a tattoo.
        Allergy and sensitivity are ‘fluid’, it may be fine for ‘X’ amount of time and then you may react, plus Bepanthen shouldn’t really go onto broken skin. If it feels ‘wrong’ or ‘weird’ take it off straight away, wash it gently with mild hand soap and change to a different cream, it could save the tattoo from going mad :)
        Now I have nut allergy so have never used it myself, so I use what I can find (usually samples from companies who want us to stock their products)
        So far, El Gato Negro is my fav, all pure and vegan to boot.

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