TAT What's the deal/controversy with Polysporin?

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  1. Lucien

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    I used it on my first tattoo and it healed fucking awesome. No scabbing, no swelling, no loss of color. This was years ago.

    When i got my latest tattoo and told the artist i was going to use it again, he looked at me like :ugh: and told me Polysporin's bad and will fuck up the tattoo, and that i should only use either a&d or bacitracin.

    Is this just another shop subjective suggestion or what? :dunno:
     
  2. Buttons

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    Polysporin is a petroleum based product which is more prone to clogging the pores in your skin. This won't let the tattoo "breathe" which seems to make it heal better. More and more shops are pushing towards a&d or just a hand lotion like lubriderm.
     
  3. Lucien

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    That makes sense, and is the first real straight answer i've got on the topic.

    Thanks. :)
     
  4. Buttons

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    Some customers still swear by it. :dunno: I rarely put anything on my tattoos and everythings healed up perfectly fine. Your body can only heal as fast as it wants to.
     
  5. Lucien

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    True.

    With the next one i'll probably just keep it clean and hydrated.

    Come to think of it, it probably also depends on the body part. The skin on my calf would be less prone to irritation and clogged pores than the less tough skin on my forearm or more delicate areas.
     
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    shit yeah, ive completely adopted the idea of absolutely ZERO aftercare aside from taking normal showers.
     
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    I had a tattoo artist recomment Preparation H for a healing tattoo :greddy:
     
  8. Buttons

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    Sounds insane but it works! :rofl: Stops itching as well, just have to be sure to rub it in.
     
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    but DAMN, it smells like..... ass! :rofl::ugh:
     
  10. Lucien

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    Another thing i've come across concerning aftercare is that shaving the tattooed area will encourage cell growth, thus "brightening" the color/appearance of the ink.

    True? False? Hogwash? :dunno:

    Seems somewhat logical.
     
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    After it's healed? It looks brighter when shaved because there's no dark hairs covering it. I've never heard anything about "cell growth"
     
  12. Lucien

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    Hm, don't remember.

    Lemme try to find that link.
     
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    I use curel

    Shit is BANANAS
     
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    i use lubriderm..but like AB said...after a while, i stopped putting lotion on mine :dunno: heals just fine
     
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    i swear by aquaphor made by eucerin.

    it was recommended to me by my artist when i got my leg sleeve done and i used it again on my recent sleave on my arm.

    works great and i beraly use any.
     
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    yea but you mix it with semen too.
     
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    i did not want to give away all my secrets at once.

    thanks a lot james! :squint:
     
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    Lubriderm is the only way to go! I let it dry for three days and then start lubing it up as much as I desire! All my tattoos look just as bright as the day I got them. :)
     
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    AB: Isn't it more of a point that since your basically creating an Open wound you should keep something on there A. to prevent infection and B. to hydrate the now iritated skin?

    My father is an EMT and when i first got a Tattoo he was on me about using A&D and showering morning and night to prevent infection. Personally i just put the stuff on when i am home and can not worry about it getting everywhere or on my clothes...
     
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    Also, WTF is polysporin? i've never heard of it...
     
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    If you're a clean healthy person you shouldn't really have a problem with not getting infections. Daily showering will keep the wound clean. Infections aren't as easy to get as people think, most of the time people's tattoos/piercings are irritated and NOT infected. As for hydrating the skin, you want to keep it slightly hydrated. Too much and it will cause heavy scabbing, too little and it will crack and reopen the wound.

    If you don't have an actual infection then polysporin is just overkill. It's a medicated cream that will treat the pigments as the "infection" and will draw them out of your skin.
     

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