Swimming After New Tattoo
Your tattoo care is important to protect your fresh tattoo from infections and other risks. Avoiding swimming for a while is the one of the tattoo aftercare steps. Sadly, most people skip this aftercare step as they can’t resist swimming just because to flaunt their tattooed body.
Swimming or soaking your tattoo immediately after your session is the ghastly mistake. Swimming pool’s water contains chlorines and other chemicals which affect adversely your fresh tattoo (which is actually an open wound then). This is because the top layer of skin starts to dry out due to the healing action of the body. You may end up with scabs.
Therefore, it is important to keep your tattooed skin dry.
When Your Tattoo Can Get Wet?
You must avoid swimming in case of fresh tattoo. But that doesn’t mean you must skip showering or washing it. Here are three circumstances your tattoo can tolerate water contact:
- When you’re washing your tattoo
- When you’re taking shower
You should always use a clean water to wash your tattoo and the water should run over the tattoo gently. Make your tattoo air dry or pat dry gently with a towel.
What to Do When Swimming is Essential for You?
Frankly speaking, you must avoid swimming for at least 2-3 weeks till the healing process is on. The best way is to plan your tattoo when you can manage to skip your swimming or Jacuzzi bath for few weeks. However, if you have to swimor accidently get your tattoo soaked or wet, make sure you…..
- Cover the tattoo with waterproof material such as plastic to make it out of water as possible. But wrapping should not go longer.
- Wash your tattoo immediately with antibacterial soap when you are out of the water. This step is important to remove infection from your tattoos.
- Allow your tattoo to dry naturally. Use a clean towel to wipe off the excessive water and let it dry on its own.
How Long You Must Wait for Swimming After Being Tattooed?
You must skip swimming for at least 2 weeks to allow the peeling, flaking and scabs go away naturally. Remember, your tattoo is not healed until the forming of anew layer of protective skin has grown over it, which generally takes 3 months. And protect your tattoo from bacteria, sun, and chemicals—common elements in and around swimming pool.
Even after resuming your swimming, you must not forget to clean your tattoo with antibacterial soap along with other aftercare instructions.
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