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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 11:59 AM
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FWIW i wouldn't put anything Vaseline related - nothing with petroleum or petrolatum in it - on a healing tattoo. have been told that it doesn't let the skin breath well enough.

my artist recommends using neosporin cream, not ointment while it is healing and then just use a moisturizing lotion after that first week or so. i trust his judgement as he truly is a world-class artist... never seen anyone better than him, and there are few as good.

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I think it would be best if you got the tattoo after your board trip, why take chances?

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I've used both Eucerin Aquaphor (first ~10-14 days) then switched H2Ocean on my tattoos and they came out beautifully, colors stayed relatively stable even though I'm a bit darker pigmented.

Avoid submerging it in any water for the first 2 weeks at least, don't pink or rub at it. I applied Aquaphor 4 times daily then when I switched to H2Ocean, I dialed it back to 3 times and then twice. This might be overkill but it's just the recommendations I was given by my artists and all of her work came out beautifully so it's what I recommend.
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I use a light coat of aquifer for the first two days only, then switch to unscented lotion. Either way it works for me, used this for my sleeve and my sock and both healed perfectly.
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To everyone: Thanks so much for all your advice! Obviously, this'll be my first tattoo so I really didn't know a whole lot going into it besides some basic web research. After this, I feel a bit more prepared for getting one as well as taking care of it (as well as sixteen different lotion suggestions )

I probably will wait till after the trip though. As was mentioned, no point in ruining the design.

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i'd just get it done in China
China doesn't have the best record in regards to public health... wouldn't want to have to be obligated by law to have a "conversation" before doing anything with the hot tub gals

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