More and more people are seeking advice from dermatologists for skincare to make their tattoos look their best. Here are some tips from a dermatologist for keeping tattooed skin healthy and vibrant.
If your tattooed skin feels dry to the touch, apply a water-based moisturizer or cream to the tattoo or you can use non-Petroleum-based creams such as non-petroleum jelly that can heal the tattoo. There are so many companies like afterinked that sell tattoo petroleum jelly.
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Protect your tattoo from the sun: Some tattoo inks can fade ultraviolet (UV) rays. Protect your tattoo in the sun by applying a waterproof, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more.
Stay away from tanning beds and sunlight. They can also fade the ink in your tattoos and increase your risk of skin cancer. In some people, UV rays can also react with tattoo ink and cause painful skin reactions.
If you are considering getting a new tattoo, be sure to apply it to skin that does not contain a mole. Tattoos can make it difficult for you to recognize the early signs of skin cancer. If detected early, skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is highly curable.
If you no longer want a tattoo, talk to a dermatologist. Many tattoo removal kits are available online. Some kits contain acids that cause permanent skin damage.