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Is it safe to scratch a new tattoo?

No, it is not safe to scratch a new tattoo! Scratching your new tattoo, even if it's itchy, can be very harmful and lead to various problems:

1. Infection:
Your tattoo is essentially an open wound, and scratching it can break the scab and introduce bacteria, leading to infection. This can cause redness, swelling, pain, and even scarring.

2. Delayed healing: Scratching can damage the delicate new skin cells and disrupt the healing process. This can prolong the healing time and increase the risk of scabbing, scarring, and discoloration.

3. Scarring: The more you scratch, the higher the chance of scar tissue forming. This can permanently damage the design and texture of your tattoo.

4. Ink loss: Scratching can scrape off or blur the ink, ruining the appearance of your tattoo.

5. Allergic reaction: Scratching can irritate the skin and trigger an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink. This can cause itchy bumps, rashes, and blisters.

Instead of scratching, here are some safe ways to relieve itchiness:

    • Apply a cool compress: Gently press a clean, damp cloth soaked in cool water to the itchy area for a few minutes.
    • Moisturize: Use a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer recommended by your tattoo artist to keep the skin hydrated and reduce itching.
    • Pat or slap: If you absolutely can't resist the itch, gently pat or slap the area instead of scratching.
    • Avoid irritants: Wear loose, breathable clothing to avoid chafing the tattoo. Avoid hot showers, pools, and saunas until the tattoo is fully healed.
    • Talk to your tattoo artist: If the itching is severe or doesn't improve, contact your tattoo artist for advice. They may recommend over-the-counter anti-itch cream or other remedies.

Remember, taking care of your new tattoo is crucial for it to heal properly and maintain its beauty. Resist the urge to scratch, and if you experience any concerns, don't hesitate to consult your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional.

If your tattoo is on your back, or if range of motion issues make it difficult to properly clean and moisturize your new tattoo, then we recommend Bearback tools for new tattoo aftercare.

 The Bearback Body Scrubber is a fantastic gentle silicone scrubber that you can use to keep your tattoo clean.  With a 17" ergonomic handle, you'll be able to reach your back - or any other part of your body - with ease.

The Bearback Lotion Applicator makes it easy for you to apply a smooth even coating of healing moisturizer...or even to provide an itch-relief ointment recommended by your tattoo artist.

Remember that is essential to take good care of your tattoo while it is healing.  Resist the urge to scratch it, and be sure to keep it clean and well moisturized!