Is Tattoo Itching Normal?
The most annoying part of the new tattoo healing process is the dreaded ‘new tattoo itch. The ‘drying-out’ process can create an itchy sensation. It is, indeed, very normal to the tattoo healing process. Proper tattoo aftercare is the key to minimizing this annoying itch while also helping to heal and preserve the look and detail of your new artwork.
A lot of people ask if it's ok to scratch and pick at light tattoo scabs or flakes?
NO!! Absolutely not!
Do not pick at, scratch, or slap your new tattoo, no matter how badly you want to.
Resisting the urge to pick at the peeling skin can be difficult, but think of the time, pain, and money you’ve put into your tattoo. Don't ruin it when you’re in the home stretch.
I’ve seen a lot of people try the slapping method since it technically isn’t scratching.
Don’t do it, don’t go to the dark side. Your itchy tattoo will betray you, dude!
For one, once you start, it’s really difficult to stop. The more you do it, the worst the itch will get.
And two, slapping or tapping can cause just as much damage as scratching. You’ll break the protective cover, which can cause ink loss and infection.
You’ve earned every drop of your amazing new ink. Don’tscrew it up in a moment of weakness.
One of the best ways to combat an itchy tattoo is with tattoo aftercare products. It moisturizes and nourishes new tattoos to aid healing, but remember, NEVER use petroleum-based products.
Petroleum products were popular for tattoo aftercare for a while but by now most people realize petroleum smothers your skin and in its existing moisture. Tattoos need to breathe, and if not allowed to breathe, your scabs will turn soggy, letting bacteria and foreign debris get into your new tattoo, which could easily cause infection.
If you’re struggling with an itchy tattoo, check out our How To Properly Scratch An Itchy Tattoo guide to help you through it.