If you get a tattoo, the follow-up care for this new piece of art should be one of your top priorities. Your tattoo’s healing process and quality of healing will be determined by how well you take care of it after it heals.
Watch for signs of infection in the days and weeks following the completion of your piece, and keep your tattoo as clean and moisturized as possible. It is possible to use lotions and creams recommended by your tattoo artist, or you can use more natural solutions, such as tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil: How to Use It
There are many different reasons why you may be familiar with essential oils. There are several ways to use essential oils. They can be applied directly to the skin, ingested, or inhaled. It is, however, not recommended to ingest tea tree oil; it is toxic if swallowed. Topically applied essential oils are best for wound care, as they are for tattoos.
Diluting essential oils correctly is one of the most important factors. It would be too extreme to use essential oils undiluted. It is recommended that you purchase a high-quality tea tree oil before following the steps below.
Dilute a topical ointment as follows:
Vegetable oil, coconut oil, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil are all good carriers for oils
The tea tree oil should be combined with the carrier oil in a ratio of 2–3. Make sure the solution is well mixed
Test: Apply to a test area of skin to check for any reaction
All clear: If the test area is fine, apply it to your tattoo by gently massaging the solution into the skin. Be careful not to rub too hard!
Tea tree oil can also be used as an antibacterial wash:
- Sterilize: Boil water to make sure it is sterile
- Cool: Allow the water to cool. Tattoos shouldn’t be cleaned with boiled water
- Mix: In a cup of water, add two drops of tea tree oil
- Cloth: Take a clean cloth and dip it into the solution
- Wipe: Gently sweep this cloth over your tattoo
Make sure you compensate for the drying properties of tea tree oil with a good moisturizer that allows your skin to breathe but prevents any flaking.
Tattoo scabs will naturally fall off, but excessive dry and flaky skin isn’t good for the healing process or the long-term quality of the tattoo. Utilize a light moisturizer along with your tea tree oil to avoid this potential complication.
Not only does this stuff keep your tattoo really hydrated, but it also soothes any irritating itching and irritation during the healing process. From the very beginning of the healing process, this lotion works towards reducing tattoo healing times and eliminating any lingering dryness and scabbing.