Dry Healing Tattoo: Everything You Need To Know

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Just like tattoos themselves, the preferred style of healing is also unique to each individual.

Your skin takes a bit of a bashing when you get a tattoo. Did you know that the needle pricks the skin between 50 and 3,000 times a minute? 

Most commonly, people help the healing process along with extensive use of creams and lotions.

Do you find that these creams and lotions are causing you further irritation and discomfort?

Are you keen to try a more natural approach to help heal your tattoo?

Dry healing a tattoo means that you're simply not applying any ointment to the new tattoo. It's an effective healing process for many.

However, how do you know that it’s right for you?

This article will answer all your questions surrounding dry healing and will help you decide if it’s the right course for you to take.

How Does Dry Healing Work?

The idea behind dry healing is that it’s an all-natural process and that if you’re healthy, your body will know how to heal itself.

Sometimes, adding creams and lotions can exacerbate skin irritations and add nasty chemicals into your skin.

Dry healing also helps keep the scabbing and peeling of the skin on the surface. By ensuring the process is on the superficial (top) layer of the skin, you’re extending the longevity of your tattoo.

This means it will look better in 40 or 50 years’ time, which is a very pleasing outcome!

An added bonus of dry healing is that it’s 100% free!

You won't get caught up in products that claim to help heal your tattoo, when in actual fact all you’d be doing is spending money on something that will only make your skin feel a little softer during the process.

How Do I Dry Heal My Tattoo?

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It may sound simple at first, avoiding creams and lotions, but there are still some important tattoo aftercare instructions you should take note of.

The tattooed area needs to be kept clean. It’s vital to keep it wrapped on your way home and also whilst you sleep.

Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water to help moisturize your skin from the inside out.

You'll also need to wash your tattoo using water and a mild, low-irritant soap, followed by air drying or a gently pat dry with a soft towel.

It’s imperative to avoid touching your tattoo. This is a quick and easy way for germs to come into contact with your fragile skin.

  • Wearing loose clothing will help minimize the irritation caused by fabric rubbing on your tattooed area. Clothing also prevents damage caused by the sun, which can play havoc with your healing time.
  • After about three days, you need to leave your tattoo alone and let your body’s natural healing process take over. Think of your tattoo like a graze or a scratch and let it ‘air dry’. You don't often apply creams or lotions to grazes, so do your best to leave your tattoo alone!
  • It’s important to continue to keep your tattoo clean. This will involve washing it carefully and keeping it covered if you’re somewhere where you may be exposing it to harmful bacteria or further irritation.
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    If your tattoo is feeling unbearably tight, or you can hardly resist the urge to itch, a small amount of good quality lotion may be needed. Try to apply it only once each day.
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    Give your tattoo plenty of time to heal. Dry healing a tattoo is by no means a fast process, but no form of healing will work overnight. Your body will work it out in its own time, when it’s ready. This may seem hard to do, but when you consider the fact that your tattoo is for ever, a few weeks healing time may not sound like long at all!

Are There Any Problems With Dry Healing?

If you’re someone who is easily tempted to itch your healing skin, or your tattoo is somewhere where you can easily reach it, the increased itching that comes with dry healing may be too much for you to handle.

Equally, if your skin is naturally quite dry, you may prefer to opt for a technique that offers a little more moisture.

In Conclusion

You’ll find that your healing regime is as bespoke to you as your tattoo.

Dry healing your tattoo offers a natural process that will enhance the appearance of your tattoo in both the short and long term. It will reduce the amount of irritation and damage that can happen during the healing process.

For more information, check out this useful video on how to dry heal your tattoo safely and effectively.