While itching is normal during the healing process, it can be very frustrating!
See our article How Long Should A Tattoo Itch? for more information about why this happens.
Here are some steps you can take to stop the infernal itch.
- Keep your tattoo clean - don’t let it get infected! Wash carefully with lukewarm water and a gentle unscented wash at least twice a day.
- Don’t scratch. Don’t touch. Don’t pick at it!
- Don’t wear tight clothes or rub it with a towel.
- Moisturise with a very fine layer of unscented balm for the first five days.
- After the peeling stage starts, when things can get really itchy, you can switch to a lighter cream moisturiser instead of the balm, if you prefer. It depends on your own healing process and your skin type.
- Still don’t scratch. Don’t touch. Don’t pick at it!
- Moisturise after washing and again last thing at night.
- If it is agonisingly itchy, pat or press the area gently rather than rub or scratch it.
- Press a ice-cold gel pack against the area (over clothes or cotton, not directly onto skin).
- Direct a fan onto the tattoo.
- Distract yourself! Chose something you do with your hands to stop yourself itching: drawing, cooking, knitting or making something!
Recommended tattoo aftercare products:
Balmonds Skin Salvation balm with hemp and beeswax (from £7.99 for 30ml)
Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash with calendula & nettle (£19 for 200ml)
Balmonds Daily Moisturising Cream with chamomile and shea butter (from £13.99 for 100ml)
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.