Petrolatum based products for aftercare?

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    sloaney said on March 13, 2010

    Hi guys, looking for a bit of advice regarding this subject. Im from the UK and it seems most people use Bepanthen nappy rash ointment over here in the first stages of aftercare. It contains petrolatum which i have heard draws colour out of tattoos, is this true? If so, can anyone advise on a decent ointment and lotion readily available in the UK as every brand i check seems to contain it or is fragranced.

    Thanks

    Mark

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    namaste said on March 13, 2010

    Nah mate Bepanthen has anti bacterial properties and works very well without drawing out any colour. Use sparingly and keep the tattoo open to the air. You'll be fine. Used Bepanthen on my two tatts but it works a treat.

    ∫teve ∞

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    sloaney said on March 14, 2010

    Cheers for the advice guys, does anyone no of a decent unscented loyion that is available in the UK?

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    webescratchers said on March 14, 2010

    Lubraderm

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    br14nh said on March 15, 2010

    Bepanthen nappy rash cream is great for when you get nappy rash.

    My advice would be to use the cream your tattooist recomended.

    We recommend different creams depending on skin type and the work you've had done, your tattoist will know which is best for you.

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    lisafoster2510 said on March 15, 2010

    Thats what I always do

    midnightmoon said:
    Any ointment will pull color, if you pack it on. Use whatever your going to use VERY sparingly. I personally like Eucerin's Aquaphor for the first 3-4 days, then switch off to Curel or Lubraderm unscented lotion. Good luck, and hope this helps

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    sloaney said on March 16, 2010

    br14nh said:
    Bepanthen nappy rash cream is great for when you get nappy rash.

    My advice would be to use the cream your tattooist recomended.

    We recommend different creams depending on skin type and the work you've had done, your tattoist will know which is best for you.

    Bepanthen is what he recomended. Do you have any knowledge of it?

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    sloaney said on March 16, 2010

    webescratchers said:
    Lubraderm

    Tried to get this but it isn't stocked in England and it will cost me £29 to get it shipped. Can anyone on the UK advise of a similar product?

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    br14nh said on March 16, 2010

    Yes I know what bepanthen is. It's nappy rash cream.

    There's a big difference between nappy rash and a tattoo. For a start, normally, nappy rash doesn't break the skin.

    And when you're healing nappy rash you're not also trying to protect your ink...

    To quote some online blurb... "One of Bepanthen's three main ingredients, the most crucial to curing rashes is vitamin B5. When this vitamin comes in contact with skin, it is converted to pantothenic acid, which aids in cellular metabolism. Vitamin B5 can be found in most shampoos and moisturizing skin-care products."

    Note curing rashers -a tattoo isn't a rash and it doesn't take a lot of figuring out to guess what any kind of acid does to fresh ink.

    I personally think people put far too much emphasis on slavering cream on tattoos. Good hygeine and carefull consideration of the materials your fresh ink is coming into contact with is much more important.

    Wash often - at least three times a day... at least.
    Allow nothing but cotton to touch your new tattoo...
    If in doubt wash again.

    After inked is a lovely cream. Or good old preparation H ointement. But tiny, tiny, tiny amounts.

    Oh yeah and wash your tattoo.

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    sloaney said on March 16, 2010

    br14nh said:
    Yes I know what bepanthen is. It's nappy rash cream.

    There's a big difference between nappy rash and a tattoo. For a start, normally, nappy rash doesn't break the skin.

    And when you're healing nappy rash you're not also trying to protect your ink...

    To quote some online blurb... "One of Bepanthen's three main ingredients, the most crucial to curing rashes is vitamin B5. When this vitamin comes in contact with skin, it is converted to pantothenic acid, which aids in cellular metabolism. Vitamin B5 can be found in most shampoos and moisturizing skin-care products."

    Note curing rashers -a tattoo isn't a rash and it doesn't take a lot of figuring out to guess what any kind of acid does to fresh ink.

    I personally think people put far too much emphasis on slavering cream on tattoos. Good hygeine and carefull consideration of the materials your fresh ink is coming into contact with is much more important.

    Wash often - at least three times a day... at least.
    Allow nothing but cotton to touch your new tattoo...
    If in doubt wash again.

    After inked is a lovely cream. Or good old preparation H ointement. But tiny, tiny, tiny amounts.

    Oh yeah and wash your tattoo.

    Cool, cheers for your advice.

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    br14nh said on March 16, 2010

    No.

    Loads of people use it.

    But I'd rather use bleech on a new tattoo than savlon...

    I keep a tube in the house for my seven year old. Savlon is great for pulling out muck from grazed knees. Slap it on and it lifts any foreign body out of the skin lovely......

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    webescratchers said on March 17, 2010

    Can you get Curel unscented ? If not, look for about ANY unscented lotion

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    sloaney said on March 17, 2010

    webescratchers said:
    Can you get Curel unscented ? If not, look for about ANY unscented lotion

    I have got unscented E45 lotion but it contains petrolatum. I have also read somewhere that applying lotion is a bad idea as it can enter the tattoo through the pores and dilute the colour, any truth in that?

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    sloaney said on March 18, 2010

    stevesink said:
    i've never noticed any color issues with lotion, however i have made the mistake of putting on too much petrolium based aftercare stuff and losing some color. just pay close attention to the warning of "use sparingly".

    Will do, cheers. I have opted for an ointment called tatto aftercare which contains all natural ingredients.

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    bodyart said on March 19, 2010

    I've used H2ocean it is all natural and it is for tattoos. But, I am in the US. I think you can order it online though maybe google the name.

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