How long until I can take a hot shower after getting my first tattoo?

Question by ♫Rawr Ryan Rawr♫: How long until I can take a hot shower after getting my first tattoo?
Ok so I got my very first tattoo yesterday on my right back shoulder blade. It is colored. I was wondering how long I would have to wait until I can take a hot/warm shower like I normally do. I’m paranoid of my tattoo coming off due to the hot water.
How do I wash it without ruining it or having color or ink come off?

Best answer:

Answer by julieisbest
Your tattoo cannot come off.

You can take a hot shower right away, just don’t soak your tattoo. Either keep your back turned away from the stream of water or keep your shower short overall. You cannot really let your tattoo soak until it fully heals, which will be a couple of weeks.

Good luck!

edited to add: You cannot wash off the ink. It is now under your skin. You need to wash it gently with fragrance-free soap and afterwords pat it dry with a clean towel or paper towel. This should all be information that was included in your aftercare instructions, did you get any?

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4 Responses to How long until I can take a hot shower after getting my first tattoo?

  1. tfree says:

    My tat is 2 yrs. old. The instructions were to keep it covered the first day, do not get it wet for fear of infection. I’m in hopes you were given a topical ointment (if not Neo-Sporin will work). It’s important for the first week or so to keep it lubricated with your ointment, this will curb the itch from scabbing and will make the scabbing/scaring less invasive. Check your bandage daily. Replace your bandage daily. After the 3rd or so day then you can gently with a soft cloth cleanse your tat. I was instructed to leave the bandage on a full week, but you can certainly decide who long to keep it covered after that week.After several days and your comfort level you can shower your tat.

  2. ASDZA’NI says:

    You can shower now…
    Do your normal shower keeping your tattoo from the direct spray of the hot shower water. Then at the end of your shower turn the water to luke warm and use your hand to clean. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Use mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Satin and Provon are my highest recommendations. Dial tends to be too harsh – generic brand antibacterial soaps are actually better) to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. I used Tattoo Goo.

    The tattoo will go through a period where they peel, the skin that peels will be the color of the tattoo, and it will literally look like your tattoo is flaking off the more even the tattoo peels the better the tattoo will look when it is completely healed, underneath the peeled skin you will have healing skin cells that will cause the skin to seem milky rather than transparent, don’t worry about this, you tattoo will be bright in no time, it’s all part of the healing process.

  3. ChErRy ChOpStIx says:

    You are not suppose to get your tattoo wet..

    Your tattoo will form a scab over the ink..

    If you get it in the contact with water the scab will be soft and will rub off easily…. That wil ruin your whole tattoo.

    Just keep it away from water

  4. Tammy* says:

    if a real tattoo, which im assuming it is, then it won’t come off.
    infections and stuff like that might happen though, just keep the water as far as possible from your tattoo,but don’t panick if it gets a litle bit wet.

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