I have 3 tattoos, and everytime I get one, the tattoo artist tells me to put something different on it, my uncle does tattoos in California, and I always saw him putting Vaseline on them. But places I have went to say not to. I am about to get another tattoo and want to know what I should put on it to keep the coor from fading out and keep it from itching.

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24 Responses to “What is the best thing to put on a fresh tattoo?”

  1. doomed April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    every artist recommends something different. i am a tattoo artist and i cringe at the thought of people putting vaseline and neosporin on tattoos. this is why…

    i put vaseline on tattoos WHILE i’m tattooing them to keep them from getting dry, but i have since stopped doing that and use A+D ointment while i’m tattooing because people think just because i’m putting vaseline on their tattoo means they should do it. no, vaseline is thick and clogs pores and doesn’t let your tattoo breathe. neosporin is similar and it also speeds up the healing process of the tattoo which is not good, despite what you may think. you want your tattoo to heal naturally. healing too quickly may cause scabbing which leads to scars.

    bacitracin, a+d ointment and aquaphor are products you can find in a drug store that i reccomend. tatwax and things like that are cool, but they’re not so readily available so i never bother with em. we sell em in the shop for 5 bucks a tin, i’d rather spend 2 dollars on a tube of a+d that will last me several tattoos.

  2. SaraBMW April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I hear you, the 1st tattoo I got the guy told me to put neosporine on it for 3 days then to switch to Vaseline Intensive Care hand lotion until it stopped peeling and stopped feeling dry adn tight. The 2nd time I got tattooed the guy told me to use Vaseline (the petroleum jelly) for the 1st 24 hours then to use the Intenstive Care hand lotion. I think the neosporine actually irritated my 1st tattoo but the lotion worked wonders.

  3. rain rain go away April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    water or maybe vasaline you would want to tell us were you have the tattoos at becaause there are speacl cream to put on each part of a tattooe

  4. Alex R April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #


  5. bestfriendthemom April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Back in the olden days, I was told to put Vaseline on mine. What are the other places telling you to put on them?

  6. hancevh April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    here they say to put a light layer of regular vaseline.they tell you not to use neosporin on them.it fades the color and makes it scar over fast…

  7. Suzanne M April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Vaseline is what u put on them.

  8. MzLady99 April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    The first time I was told neosporin, the second time vaseline, the third time Curel Lotion. This time I like the curel. I say listen to the tattoo artist. They know about the type of ink they use and can make the best decision.

    Now, most artist are recommending lotion (curel or lubriderm) or tattoo goo.

  9. maya April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Vaseline……. and cool pack

  10. hanklink April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Use Bacitracin, you should lightly wash warm soapy water every four to five hours and reapply Bacitracin. Do not apply pressure and do not rub. Do not let the shower hit it directly. Finally don’t over do the bacitracin. In the old days people put vaseline on the tattoos, not a good idea. No matter what you put on it, it will itch. Don’t use a medicated itch cream.

  11. crazylegz mgee April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    put a vitaman e lotion on it or else the best thing i foud is preperation h diaper rash cream. do not use neosporn or any tripple antibiotic ointment it has stuff in it that will draw the ink out. the diper rash ointment sounds weird but it works great. and dont worry it doesnt smell either.

  12. Julie C April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Neosporin is Vaseline with antibiotics in it. That is what I put on both of mine. Bacitracin or neosporin.

  13. Misa M April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I hear Neosporin recommended too, this was on all the care sheets I got (from 5 different places!) Never irritated me, and I healed really quickly.

  14. pcdo_universe April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    bepanthen cream

  15. The Crow April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I have chest/have sleeve piece in progress now, I’ve used Bacitracin after 24hrs for the next 48hrs, then A&D ointment for @ 2 weeks…

  16. westernveil April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Vaseline then clingfilm if it is fresh or else you get loads of crap sticking to the vaseline which is then absorbed into the tatoo area and can lead to infection.

  17. cherryvalley2006 April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    non sented lotion

  18. somebody April 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    what you may think is vaseline that your uncle puts on is actually a mixture of vitamin a and vitamin d that is good for the skin and tattoo. it’s what my tattoo artist uses while tattooing and afterward. but i just put fragrance free lotion. it doesn’t really matter what brand.

  19. jess June 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    what’s it called, like a&d ointment or some shit. several of my friends have used this to keep their tattoos fresh, just don’t apply it too much, this too is bad. too much of anything is bad.

  20. b rad November 7, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Aquaphor is the best for a few day and the a non cented Intense healing lotion

  21. mandie26 May 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    is vitamin e ointment ok to put on a new tattoo

  22. Ed July 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Preparation H is doing the job for me.

  23. Jrules October 4, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    A&D ointment is the best I have 2 sleeves and over $6,000 worth of work. I wash my tats with soap and water ( dawn dish washing detergent ) and let them dry real good. Then apply A&D ointment.

  24. Becks November 5, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    It doesn’t matter what you put on it as long as your new tattoo is always moisturised. Vaseline does not make the colour fade, it simply provides a barrier from any dirt latching onto the freshly inked skin. Your best bet is to use Vitamin E which helps heal the skin in a much more natural way as opposed to an antibiotic-al ointment