Caring For Your Tattoo

April 26, 2019

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Four in ten Americans have at least one tattoo and while there is a lot of thought that goes into their meaning, making sure they look great for a lifetime can be taken for granted. Starting with the initial tattoo. It can take upward of 30 days for your skin to completely heal from the trauma. After that month, provided there were no issues like infection or scarring, you should switch your focus from healing to protection. Your tattoo can be damaged by UV radiation from the sun. Just like our skin changes color when it’s exposed to UV light, ink particles can go through changes that are related to sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen will help minimize damage, and mineral sunscreens containing zinc or titanium dioxide add extra shielding. They physically block rays by creating a barrier on top of the skin. Over time, a tattoo can lose its shape over time thanks to natural collagen loss. While you can’t completely stop this process, you can slow it down by keeping the tattoo moisturized. You also need to monitor your tattoos for changes, even if you’ve had them for years. A delayed response to an allergic react has been noted even with people who had had a tattoo for years. If you notice something you think might be an allergic reaction, such as red or itchy skin particularly if it’s only around a tattoo, see your dermatologist immediately.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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