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May 17, 2012
2:35 pm
Eden, NC.
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January 24, 2012

does anyone else have an issue with ointments for after care?

if i put anything, Vaseline, A&D, unscented lotion, ANY kind of goo…my tattoos seem to fade or have patchy spots and tend to look several years old even a month or two after getting them.

they are not done by just one artist and all of them have done it except one that i decided to try to leave alone….

when i left the one alone it healed faster, evenly, and no discoloration or spots. done by the same place as a few other tattoos i have.

just curious as to know if anyone else has had this happen as well?

May 17, 2012
3:08 pm
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April 8, 2011

I think there are general guidelines when it comes to good vs. bad aftercare, but sometimes it comes down to what's best for one's own body.  Everyone's body will react slightly differently and who knows your body better than you?  For myself, I've never used Vaseline or A&D.  I use unscented lotion and put on a very thin layer a few times a day in the first week and after that I pretty much leave it completely alone.  As I get more tattoos, I've been doing less and less with aftercare as, for the most part, what aftercare I do doesn't seem to effect how long or well my tattoos heal.  Therefore, if they heal just as well with very little aftercare as compared to a lot of aftercare, I'd rather take the path of least resistance. 

May 18, 2012
3:30 pm
Minnesota, u.s.a.
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April 3, 2012

I'm not a tattoo artist and this is a little beyond my experties, but it may not be the product being put on as much as the amount. To little or to much, and to often, or not enough can all have adverse affects. Why not go to your tattoo artist and ask? It could also be the area, even though it's the same body differnt spots heal differently. The pigments used may affect this as well as any other host of things. The best bet is to ask your artist when see it occur, show them so they can see what's going on. consult multiple ones you trust. networking is good!

Jimmy "English" Lesniewski
May 19, 2012
4:07 am
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August 1, 2011

I use A&D original, and only a dab… the problem with petrolatum products is that people use too much and that can damage a tattoo.

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