Tattoos might look cute and amazing on paper but once they are on your skin, they are there forever. The problem with this type of commitment, you never truly know how your skin is going to react once your skin has thousands of needles pierced into your skin multiple times with ink at the top of the needles.
It is important that you keep in mind that a tattoo is a wound on your skin. Wounds do tend to leave scars, however, when the tattoo wound heals correctly, the wound should be flushed with the rest of the skin. A tattoo that remains raised after the healing process means that you have tattoo scarring that you do not want.When it comes to getting inked, 59 percent of women have tattoos compared to 41 percent of men.
How tattoo effects the skin
Tattoos are becoming more and more accepted in the work place as they can often be covered by makeup or your clothing. Even though this might be true, you need to be aware of what tattooing actually does to your skin and how it will look when you are 60 years old.
A tattoo artist will place thousands of different sized needles into your skin at the same time. This process can take up to a few hours or can even take a few sessions to complete the tattoo that you want.
Once the needles enter your skin, they place ink into the surface of the skin. This causes the skin to attack the foreign body that you have placed in it. This process is what causes your skin to go red and inflamed. The needles themselves also cause trauma to the skin so the skin has a natural need to try heal itself as soon as possible.
How tattoo scars looks like
A tattoo should heal after 7 to 10 days. If you notice that the outline of the tattoo is red, puffy and sensitive to the touch then you know that you have a scar. There are a few reasons why this can happen.
- The tattoo artist is not very good and not sure what he/she is doing
- The needles being used is not sterile
- The ink being used is old and past the expiry date
- The artist spent too long in one area
- The artist went too deep into your skin. This makes it difficult for your skin to heal itself
- You did not follow your aftercare advice correctly and caused your skin to not heal
You need to keep in mind that it is not always the artist’s fault that you get scarring after your tattoo session. If you do not follow the instructions fully and correctly, you can be the reason for your scarring.
Why Aloe Vera soap is the best treatment for scarring
There are many remedies out there that claim to help with tattooing scarring but as a skin specialist, I am here to tell you that there is only one remedy that works.
The soap from an Aloe Vera plant is best because of the moisturizing, healing and soothing effects it has on the skin. The soap contains Polysaccharides, Mannans, Anthraquinones, and Lectins.
These properties help with the inflammation in the skin and help reduce the scarring. The moisturizing benefits will help keep the scar hydrated. The anti-bacterial properties in the soap will help prevent the scar from getting infected which can worsen the condition in the skin.
If you apply the soap to the scar correctly, the scar will level out with the rest of the skin. You need to remember that if the skin is damaged badly, this treatment will only help a bit as the damage is beyond repair.
How to apply Aloe Vera Soap
Tear off a piece of the Aloe leaf and squeeze the sap directly onto the tattoo. If you would like, you can even scrap some of the congealed sap onto the tattoo as well. Rub the soap into the tattooed area several times a day and you will start to see the minimization of the scar and the scar will start to level out.
You need to give your tattoo scar at least a year to heal before you try other avenues. Professional tattoo artists can tattoo over the scar so that you will no longer notice it or you can consider plastic surgery to help with your skin. These are last resorts to turn to if the Aloe Vera sap does not help your skin. You can also check this different solution.
Rules to remember before tattoing
- Make sure the artist is professional
- Make sure the needles are clean and sterile
- Follow the aftercare instructions properly
- Do not play the tattoo when the skin is healing
- Touch the wounded skin with washed hands only
“Tattoos are like stories — they’re symbolic of the important moments in your life.”
– Pamela Anderson
You need to think carefully before you get a tattoo. Even though there are ways to remove it, you cannot remove it completely and you will end up damaging your skin even more. Your skin in the biggest organ in your body and I strongly suggest that you look after it and cherish it. A small tattoo here and here is not a problem but for people who have sensitive, reactive skins, the odds of you getting a tattoo scar is higher than any other skin type.
If you really want a tattoo please do you research the best place to get one in your area. Do not go to people who seem too cheap or do not open the needles in front of you. Make sure that the ink is fresh and that your artist gives you a topical lotion to use once your tattoo is completed.
If you follow your aftercare treatment correctly and keep the tattoo out of the sun and hot water for at least 3 weeks, then your skin will heal nicely and you will not suffer from an unwanted tattoo scar.
Now when you know how to get rid of tattoo scars tell me how you looked after your tattoo when your skin was inflamed and healing.