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I just got a tattoo, what is the best ointment to put on it? I heard neosporin fades the color.

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The best ointment is Tattoo Goo which preserves the color really well and it also smells nice. It is also one of the first tatto aftercare that is both clinically and dermatologist tested. You can find out more information here http://www.tattoogoo.com/.

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Tattoo Goo is nothing but over priced cocoa butter and beeswax. Don't waste your money. It provides ZERO protection from infection. You can go to any store and purchase five times the amount for half the price. If you want to use a natural ointment, get one that at least has some antibacterial properties. Staph infection isn't a fun thing to get.
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There's an ointment called aquaphor, its a water based ointment that protects "damaged" skin. I've used it on every tattoo I've gotten so far, it works great!

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thank you so much I'll try that out
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aquaphor is NOT water based. it is petrolium based which can pull color from your tattoo. tattoo-goo is your best bet. my friend and i got matching tattoos and have very similar skin but i used tattoo goo and she used aquaphor. mine came out brighter longer
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Utter cream. (Don't laugh) you can get it at your vets or feed stores and even some pharmacies.--It comes in a green tin can. The best is Bag Balm.

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that doesn't fade the color?
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It shouldn't, it is made for cows teats but has been widely used on people and even prescribed for people by doctors for decades. The fading from Neosporine is from the steroids but utter cream has no steroids.
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That is another good one too.
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I have always used Bag Balm, it might not be the very best, because it stinks but it does work great and it's cheap.
(this is the "udder cream" in the green tin)
Avoid healing ointments, you are correct about the ink fading.

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ok can I get that like at Walgreens or CVS?
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Yup, even Safeway pharmacy has it
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apply the smallest amount possible for best results
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Use the highest rated sun block, or get a can of color guard, if yours still has the scab keep it covered with a piece of gauze and tape til the scabs fall off......

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yeah it's pretty new, I got it last night
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keep it covered while your out side...
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Do not recover it ruins the ink the tattoo needs to breath or it will get all smudged. If ur going outside just keep 30 (or higher) spf sun lotion on it
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Luis0617 please, disregard the gauze and tape part,,,of my answer. the rest is good information,..and I hope you enjoy your first tat I assume, it's your first....
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yes it is, thank you for the info :-)
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Do NOT put sunscreen on it right away! Use Aquaphor or Tattoo Goo, those people know what they are talking about.
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definitely listen to bellydncr she's covered in them.
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Do not re cover it because it ruins the ink. Once u take that bandage (the tattoo artist put on) off after 2-4 hrs do not recover!!! For mine i didnt used ointment, i just kept putting unscented lotion on to keep it moiturized. The best lotion for tattoos is Currel Unscented. Thats what i use and many people have said the same thing.

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what kind of tattoo?

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it's a name across my chest ( like a necklace )
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cool.......!!!!
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A&D ointment - found in the baby isle at any grocery store.

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A and D ointment have petroleum base that can interact with ink--not good--I did not give you a thumbs down this is just a heads up.
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Oh! Well I am not an expert as I do not have any professional tatoos but my son has about 40+ and they are all professionally done and he has always used the A&D ointment. Hmm I wonder if he know he could have a reaction ... Anyway thanks for the heads up
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Don't put anything on it! Take the bandage off and soak it in as hot of water as you can stand for about 10 min. and use your fingers to pull off the goop. This will draw out the extra ink and blood and leave a thin, clean scab. Keep soaking in hot water until the ink no longer oozes. Do not cover it. Let it dry out fully and heal naturally. This is the best way to retain the colour. If you absolutely can't stand the itching as it heals, apply a very thin layer of plain, unscented lotion. Lubriderm unscented is a good one. Please, please don't put any other ointments on it. Once its fully healed, protect it from the sun with a high spf sunscreen. Congrats on your new ink!

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ok thank you so much!
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Whatever to all you "thumbs downers". I thought it sounded strange too when my tattoo artist told me to use this method, but I tried it when I got my full sleeve done 4 yrs ago and the colour is still so bright everyone assumes it's a new tattoo. I do this with all my tats now and it works great. The hot water draws out all the goop. The goop causes thick scabs. Thick scabs mean going back for touch ups. You gotta keep it clean and dry and deal with it looking flaky and gross for a few days if you want it to look great years later.
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Well, glad it worked for you, but definitely would never recommend this to Anyone. As I put in my answer below... you need Vitamin A-D ointment, not Neosporin... just an ointment where the only two active ingredients are Vitamins A and D!
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oh, and just for future reference, scabs are a BAD thing when we are talking tattoos
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My brother just got a tattoo and he puts first aid ointment with vitamins A and D and it really helps. So you should try putting that on it.

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The tattoo artists in my area all use, and recommend Bag Balm.

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You should ask your tattoo artist, and then follow his/her instructions.

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A and D Ointment is by far the best, and the most recommended. Do NOT use Neosporin or go soak it in hot water or any such nonsense like that.... The brand does NOT have to be specific, but AD Ointment literally spells it out for you; you want something with Vitamin A and Vitamin D only. There ya go!

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