Last time I blogged, I decided to start on a journey of busting Tattoo Aftercare Myths. I wanted to split the topic up, so that I could give each myth proper attention. I am trying to keep things short, but I'm rather verbose by nature, so it's a challenge for me.
Well, usually it's a challenge. Today's topic is a bit of a cheat. Much of the information that needs to be written today was written in yesterday's blog! That makes things easy, right?
THE MYTH: You Should Use Neosporin On Your Tattoo We are talking about Neosporin and other generic tripple antibiotic medicated creams and ointments
So, like I said, a lot of this topic really spills over from yesterday's blog topic. Neosporin is a medicated petroleum product. Like other less potent petroleum products, it creates a barrier between your skin and the air, holding moisture in and keeping oxygen out. On a limited basis, this is an excellent healing strategy for a small cut. However, from a more long-term outlook, these are not ideal conditions for your skin to heal under. Additionally, petroleum products are difficult to wash clean from the skin and can sometimes cause additional irritation.
An extra factor tossed into the mix when it comes to Neosporin is that it is a medicated petroleum product. It use three antibiotic ingredients that are known to cause occasional allergic reactions. If you've used the product before, you probably already have a good idea of whether or not you have an allergy to anything in it.
So at it's most basic level, Neosporin is another petroleum product, which again, I advise against. But the last thing to keep in mind is bigger than just you and your tattoo today. Most people are familiar with the science that shows that bacteria and viruses are able to mutate to be able to withstand the onslaught of antibiotics we throw at them. Nature is good at what it does, and some of those nasties are getting stronger all the time.
It is not necessary to pre-medicate your tattoo. If you don't have an infection, you don't need to treat yourself for one. If you get an infection, please see your doctor and follow his instruction while under his care, he may NEED you to use an antibiotic medicated product. With both the well-being of your ink and the greater good in mind, I urge you to avoid the use of Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medicated ointments in your regular aftercare regimen.