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Anonymous asked in Beauty & StyleSkin & BodyTattoos · 1 decade ago

Is petroleum jelly good to put on my new tattoo?

It's drying up a lot.

Peeling.

And real itchy.

So i was wondering, about petroleum jelly??

Dont tell me to put A&D on it, I already know about that stuff.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I guess it is time to jump in on this one...

    To those who so highly criticize petroleum jelly while singing the praises of A & D - read ingredients - A & D is actually riskier than just plain pure petrolatum because it also contains lanolin and many people react to that. The bottom line is they all contain petroleum jelly - Vaseline, Aquaphor, antibiotic ointments, A&D.

    This ONLY creates a problem for possible ink loss if you apply it incorrectly. People think that if a little is good, a lot is great. That is the problem. It should never be applied so that you can see it on top of the skin. In fact, many artists like it applied and then blotted off with a clean dry paper towel to be sure you only have a very light veil of protection. It should never be so much that it gets on clothing, etc.

    So follow your artist's directions - most prefer lotions because their clients put too much of these ointments on and wreck the tattoos.

    Another "Myth Buster"....

    Skin does not "breathe", boys and girls....certainly not in the sense described here.

    Source(s): tattoo artist tattoo studio owner registered nurse
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Petroleum Jelly On Tattoo

  • 5 years ago

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    Is petroleum jelly good to put on my new tattoo?

    It's drying up a lot.

    Peeling.

    And real itchy.

    So i was wondering, about petroleum jelly??

    Dont tell me to put A&D on it, I already know about that stuff.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First off petroleum jelly is practically the same as A/D ointment just with some antibacterial additives. I cannot believe that a tattoo shop owner would still recommend putting it on your tattoo ! WOW, Anyway I would recommend using an unscented fragrance free type lotion eucerin, or the cheapy versions work really well, put a pea sized amount on your tattoo rub lightly as possible and any excess lotion you should dab off with a paper towel again as lightly as you can just pat. peeling and itchy is good means the tat is healing well , don't itch..... you know the drill ;P

    hope this helps

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  • 1 decade ago

    If i remember correctly you are supposed to put A&D/petroleum jelly on it for the next 48 hrs. After that use lotion for a week or so to keep it moist.

    Mine did feel like it dryed up fast. It also peeled. I suggest to lotion it realy good, even when you go to bed at night.

  • 1 decade ago

    I've heard about people using petroleum jelly, but I would think that it doesn't let as much air get through and help the tat heal. I used A&D on mine, partially because that is what everyone told me, but also, i find petroleum jelly way too messy. Maybe try lotion like Curel or something (unscented)

  • 7 years ago

    try all organic coconut oil...ive totally eliminated petroleum products from my entire tattoo process and went all organic for amazing results including faster heal times on my clients tattoos

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  • 1 decade ago

    NO don't use that go to the store and get no scented lotion that does not have vitamin E or aloe in it, you need to keep you tattoo from drying out, WHAT EVER YOU DO DONT ITCH IT! you can pull your color out doing that just keep lotion on it and when ever it starts to itch just put a little dap of lotion on this should help!

    Source(s): I have many tattoos
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    DO NOT put petroleum jelly or any kind of vasilene on your healing tattoos. It doesn't allow for the tattoo to heal properly because it will sufficate the tattoo. You will end up with a tattoo distorted and the color will have a musty look to it. Remember, your skin needs air to heal properly.

    Any lotion that doesn't contain any dyes or perfumes is your best bet to use on a newly done tattoo.

    The drying, peeling, and itching is completely normal for any tattoo. The main reason you use lotions on a healing tattoo is to allow the peeling to more easily fall off. NEVER pick at your tattoo. Picking can cause scabbing, which leads to scarring, and at the end you will end up with the scarred and distorted tattoo.

    Source(s): Professional Tattoo Artist
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well if you know about A&D why are you asking about petroleum jelly

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