It’s important to realize that a new tattoo needs to be washed regularly as you begin the tattoo healing process.
When you get home with a new tattoo and you still have the wrap on your tattoo you will need to remove the wrap before you sleep. If you got the tattoo later in the day you may choose to leave it on overnight.
Once the wrap is removed you will want to use a non-scented, anti-bacterial soap to clean the tattoo. On the first day I tend to clean my tattoos multiple times to remove the dried blood from the wrap and to keep the area sanitary.
How often do I wash my tattoo with soap?
Over the next week, I generally wash my tattoos every morning upon waking up, and every night before going to sleep.
If you tend to sweat a lot, or work out consistently you will want to wash it after the activity to keep the tattoo clean.
It is important to keep the washing sessions brief and efficient. You do not want to expose your new tattoo to water for long periods of time.
When can I stop using soap on my new tattoo?
I tend to utilize my non-scented, anti-bacterial soap throughout the tattoo healing process whenever I am in the shower. Once your tattoo starts to peel and hit the final stages of the healing process I use less and less but I am sure to cover the area gently in a layer of soap to continuously keep the area clean.
When my tattoo no longer has pain to the touch and it looks as though it has “set” I still will use soap sparingly as I see fit.
What is the best non-scented anti-bacterial soap to use for the tattoo healing process?
I have used numerous different soaps as I have gotten more and more tattoos, this is the soap I have found to be the best in terms of quality, moisturizing ability, and price.
I like to experiment with different tattoo care products, always looking for something that increases color, recovery time, and quality of my tattoos. I’ve used H2Ocean quite a bit and I’ve noticed my tattoos heal quicker when I do use it.
However, I will warn you that the product size is small. Most of the tattoos I get in one session are pretty big so I use Dial to cover the entire area at a reasonable price. If I were getting smaller pieces per session I would most likely opt for the H2Ocean foaming soap.
This was another branded tattoo soap I stumbled upon when researching the best antibacterial soaps for cleaning new tattoos. I used this product and really enjoyed the quality of healing that I had, I used it on my first rose tattoo on my elbow and I truly believe that it maintained more color than other methods I’ve tried.
All in all… Clean your tattoo. It’s pretty basic and with the antibacterial soaps that thousands of people have used above you shouldn’t have any problems keeping your tattoo clean.
While you’re at it – dont forget to pick up a quality tattoo lotion for the duration of your tattoo aftercare.
H2Ocean Blue Green Foam Soap
Unscented Anti-Bacterial Soap
Dial Gold Anti-Bacterial Soap
Unscented Anti Bacterial Soap
Great Value (Two Bottles)
Always effective and reliable
Tattoo Goo Deep Cleansing Soap
By Tattoo Goo
Antibacterial & Antimicrobial
Not harsh, cleans deeply
Contains cleansing agent
Have fun with it and good luck!