Asking how long a tattoo takes to heal is like asking how long does it take to get over the flu – everyone is different.
There are simply too many factors which affect the rate of healing for a tattoo, so there is no definitive answer on recovery time.
The best we can do is give a generalisation of healing times, but even then it depends on what we’re talking about.
On the outside, a tattoo should look healed by 3 weeks, that is to say no longer red and scabby. But under the skin is a different question, and this can take several months to heal completely.
Helping the healing process
If you do get a tattoo, it’s worth buying a good tattoo aftercare cream to go along with it. We recommend Protat, which are the world’s first tattoo aftercare company. When using aftercare cream, only as much as the skin will absorb. Rub the cream in gently as this will help stimulate the skin and bring blood flow to the area which helps in the body’s natural healing process.
Please don’t do this!
Don’t pick at it!! That’s the first thing to say. The healing process can be itchy, but avoid temptation by keeping it moisturised. Also stay out of the sun if you can, and if you can’t, use sunscreen.
Try to avoid tight-fitting clothes, as they can rub against the skin and agitate the wound. Cleaning your tattoo is important, but don’t submerge it. A shower is preferable to a bath. Try and keep your tattoo out of the water for at least the first couple of weeks. Avoid swimming pools as the chlorine can do all kinds of damage, including fading the ink and drying out the skin, causing infection.