You got a tattoo! Congratulations! Now comes the aftercare part, and you may be wondering what products you need to use to keep your new ink looking fresh.
Here are the answers to 8 questions regarding certain tattoo aftercare products some people have.
Table of Contents
- Is Metanium Good For Tattoos?
- Is E45 Good For Tattoos?
- Is Fucidin Good For Tattoos?
- Is Diprobase Good For Tattoos?
- Is Polysporin Good For Tattoos?
- Is Silverex Good For Tattoos?
- Is Soframycin Good For Tattoos?
- Is Vaporub Good For Tattoos?
I’ll be going over if these products are safe to use on tattoos, their benefits and possible downsides.
Is Metanium Good For Tattoos?
Yes, Metanium nappy rash cream can be used on tattoos and a lot of people use it.
Moisturizing is key to keeping your tattoo looking fresh, and Metanium is a good option to help with that.
Plus, it’s a non-sticky ointment that helps to lock in moisture, and it’s also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. But the tattoo may burn after putting some on.
But again, Metanium is nappy cream made for diaper rash and not for tattoos. So I wouldn’t recommend using it unless your artist asks you to. And Metanium has petroleum jelly which we know are bad for tattoos.
Better be safe than sorry.
And there are a lot of other products out there that are much better alternatives.
Is E45 Good For Tattoos?
E45 cream is ok for using on tattoos as it is designed to soothe and protect sensitive skin. It can help to keep your tattoo moisturized and prevent it from drying out or cracking. Plus, it’s VEGAN.
However, do not use it if the tattoo is still fresh. Wait a couple of days and give the tattoo some time to heal.
Moreover, E45 cream has paraffins / petroleum jelly which are by-products of crude oil refining. These are known to make it harder for wounds to breathe.
Unless you already have E45 cream, I wouldn’t recommend buying them specifically for tattoo aftercare. But if your artist recommends it, you are good to go.
Is Fucidin Good For Tattoos?
Fucidin is an antibiotic ointment that is sometimes used for treating skin infections. It contains the active ingredient fusidic acid, which helps to kill bacteria.
Fucidin is ok for using on tattoos and it can help kill bacteria and even heal infected tattoos, but it is important to check with your tattoo artist or dermatologist first. It is generally not recommended for use on very large and fresh tattoos.
To use fucidin, apply a small amount of cream to the tattoo and gently massage it in until it is fully absorbed.
Sometimes fucidin ointment can cause skin irritation but it’s unlikely. Moreover, there is no evidence to suggest that using fucidin will help your tattoo heal any faster.
Is Diprobase Good For Tattoos?
Diprobase is an emollient that is often used to treat dry skin conditions like Eczema and is available over the counter from pharmacies.
Diprobase is considered ok to be used on tattoos but they have petroleum and other paraffins so I wouldn’t recommend using it.
Diprobase works by creating a barrier on the surface of the skin that helps to lock in moisture and protect against environmental irritants. It also contains ingredients that help to soothe and heal the skin.
However it can be useful for people with dry skin, as it can help to prevent the tattoo from drying out and cracking.
But make sure not to apply a lot of it as it will make the wound entirely unbreathable.
Diprobase is generally well tolerated but some people may experience minor side effects such as redness, itching or burning sensation when first applied. If this occurs, stop using the product.
Is Polysporin Good For Tattoos?
Polysporin is an antibacterial ointment that is often used to treat minor cuts and scrapes. It contains active ingredients that help to kill bacteria and prevent infection.
There is a lot of debate in the tattoo community about using Polysporin on tattoos. Some say it’s bad for tattoos and it will pull ink, while others say it’s safe to use.
Also read: Is bactine good for tattoos
And like most other products we talked about, Polysporin also has petroleum jelly and lanolin.
If you plan on using it on small tattoos, you should be alright. But I wouldn’t recommend using them on larger tattoos or fresh ones.
And to be honest, I never met anyone who ruined their tattoo by using Polysporin.
Is Silverex Good For Tattoos?
Silverex is a topical silver cream that is sometimes used for healing burns and to prevent wound infections. It is available over the counter and does not require a prescription.
Silverex is not good for tattoos as it can cause more scabbing because of the petroleum jelly. Plus, it could cause the tattoo to get bloated due to its over moisturizing nature.
Silverex is also harder to clean. You would need to wipe harder to clean it and this might damage your tattoo.
Is Soframycin Good For Tattoos?
Although there are many different products on the market that claim to be good for tattoos, not all of them are created equal.
Soframycin is one such product that has been getting a lot of hype lately.
It’s an antifungal cream that is typically used to treat skin infections. It contains the active ingredient framycetin sulfate. Plus these have jelly and lanolin as well.
I don’t have any experience with it, but I don’t think it offers anything good for tattoos unless you think your tattoo may be infected.
Is Vaporub Good For Tattoos?
Vicks Vaporub is a mentholated topical ointment that’s used to soothe nasal passages. Its not a moisturizer or healing cream.
Vaporub is not good for tattoos. In fact, it can actually cause harm. Vaporub contains little to no moisture, which can cause the tattoo to dry out. It can also cause infections
It also contains ingredients that can irritate the skin, which can lead to inflammation and scabbing.