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  • Tattoo 101 – Why do New Tattoos Itch?

    So you’ve just got that new tattoo that you’ve been dying to carry around with you for the rest of your life. You and everyone else loves your new tattoo; however there is just one itchy problem. You start to realise that your tattoo itches like a rabid dog with mange.
    Only who have felt it knows what I’m talking about. That unbearable itch that seems to be buried so deep underneath your skin that scratches away at your very soul.

    I know this because all eight (8) of my tattoos itched like crazy. But itch no more because help is right here!

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    Let me start off first by saying that no matter how much you might want to give in to temptation, whatever you do, do not scratch your skin. A tattoo is a wound that needs to heal properly without getting infected. Your hands and fingernails carry enough bacteria to infect any cut or wound, so please don’t scratch your tattoo. So now you might be wondering what’s the reason behind my itchy tattoo. Well, it’s pretty simple, but to understand why tattoos itch, we need first to understand what tattoos are.

    In essence, a tattoo is a series of small cuts/puncture wounds that place ink underneath the skin. A tattoo is a wound that needs to heal properly, and it is this healing process that causes our tattoos to itch.
    To protect your skin from infection and harm your skin will eventually begin to heal or regenerate itself. It is in this regeneration process that cause new skin to for and the old skin to scab over. Your skin will itch due to the new skin being pulled tightly as the wound closes up.


    1. Natural Liquid Aloe Vera for the skin.
    Wash tattoo with cool water before applying the aloe vera.

    2. Luberderm
    Apply this ointment twice daily or when your tattoo becomes itchy.

    3. Pat the tattoo
    If you feel like you can’t resist the urge, and you just have to scratch it then pat the tattoo or give it a little slap. If you didn’t bring yourself to do, you could ask a close friend or relative.

    4. Hydrocortisone Cream
    This is perfect to prevent infection and soothes itching as well.


    When you leave the tattoo parlor, you are leaving with an open wound. Therefore, it’s very important that you take proper care of it.

    Always and I mean always get your tattoos done from a licensed professional tattoo artist and ensure that they maintain proper sanitary procedures to lessen your chance of your tattoo becoming infected.
    It’s important always to wash your hands with antibacterial soap before you apply any ointment or bandage to your tattoo.
    Never apply a thick layer of ointment because this is known to cause rashes around the tattoo instead always try to maintain a thin layer. Try keeping your tattoos from drying out by applying ointment at least five (5) times a day or just enough to keep it moisturised.
    It is recommended that you use some bandage the first three nights to prevent it from drying out overnight.

  • What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

    The skin sheds about a million cells a day. If that is true, how come a tattoo on the same skin manages to stay there permanently? Why do they not shed off together? The answer to this big question is because the process of getting a tattoo involves getting the pigment much deeper in the skin, far beyond the outermost layer that shed daily.

    Tattoo machines are modeled on craving machines, but today with the high technology, they are much more advanced. The tattooing machines have inserting needles filled with dye and enters the body at a frequency of fifty to three thousand times in a minute.

    These needles go through the outer skin layer called the epidermis. This allows the ink to sink into the inner skin layer called the dermis, which is made of nerves, blood vessels, fibers, glands and more. As the needle penetrates the body, a wound is formed hence the inflammatory system of the body starts its process of calling immune cells to begin repairing the wounded site. They try to absorb the new particles in the body and disposing them in the blood stream.

    Specialized cells known as macrophages eat the attacking material to clean the inflammatory mess. The pigment cells are too big or huge to be eaten by the macrophages cells hence they manage to stay in the dermis cells.

    As the cells move through the lymphatic system, some move back to the lymph nodes full of dye while others stay on the dermis.

    The body has no way of disposing the ink pigment. As a result, the dye inside them becomes visible through the skin of the person taking the tattoo.

    Some particles of ink are suspended in a gel-like matrix of the dermis while others are engulfed by cells in the dermis called the fibroblasts.

    Remember before the dye gets into the dermis it passed through the epidermis. As the skin heals from the wounds gained, the ink in the outer layer is shed off. It is replaced by new cells free from the dye. The top layer peels off just the same way sunburns do.

    For the tattoo wound to completely heal, it can take about two to four weeks.

    Cells in the inner skin layer the dermis stay there until they die, at the time of death together with the ink, they are swallowed by new cells hence the ink stays there permanently. And that is how tattoos manage to stay permanently in our skin despite the skin shedding its cells day in day out.

    With these permanent tattoos, we are aware that they can still be erased from our body. How does that happen? The laser again penetrates through the epidermis to the dermis and blasts or tears apart the gained colors. Black color is the easiest target. The ink particles are blasted apart by the laser that are later cleared by the macrophages cells we saw earlier.