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QOW: No Shower for 7-9 Days?

February 29th, 2008
Question:

“I just got a my first tattoo on Feb. 21, 2008 on my lower hip. The artist told me to keep the bandage on for five hours, after that, take it off and wash it gently with warm water and soap and put an ointment cream on. He then told me to not let it get wet, no matter what, for 7-9 days. Just use polysporen everyday. Are there any other suggestions that you might have, instead of not being able to have a shower for a week? Or should I stick to what he told me to do?” – J.M.


Answer:

I really try not to interfere with an artist’s aftercare instructions, but
telling you not to shower for 7-9 days is ridiculous! 90% of germ removal
is through washing, not ointments. Antibacterial ointments can only do so
much, and applying layer upon layer of ointment without ever washing it
only sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.


There is nothing wrong with showering. You don’t want to take a bath and
soak your tattoo, but gently washing it – at least once or even twice a
day – is not only acceptable, but necessary. Not to mention the fact that
the rest of your body (and the people around you) will thank you for
staying clean!


Use a very mild liquid soap to wash your tattoo and use only your hand -
no cloths or scrubbers. Gently rinse off the soap, BLOT dry with a CLEAN
towel and then apply your ointment.


Don’t go swimming, don’t soak in a jacuzzi, don’t take a bath – but please
do shower!

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