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Tattoo aftercare?

I have a few tattoos, and in the past I've used fragrance-free, lanolin-free lotion as they heal. I just got a back of the neck tattoo done and noticed that I don't have any lotion without fragrance in the house. So I'm using Ink Fixx which we still have some from my boyfriend's last tattoo. I don't mind it, but it seems so thick once you get past the 2nd healing day.

I have plain coconut oil, 100% pure. Can I use this after a few days to help keep it moist in healing? I was wondering if anyone has experience using it, or if we have any tattoo artists in the house.

If it's not a good idea, I'm sure I can go searching at Rite Aid for a cruelty-free lotion instead.

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spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Where exactly am I supposed to find that product? The website link didn't seem to helpful. But I am curious about the product.
sparkle_lite
May. 28th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I didn't use coconut oil, but I used light sesame oil on my chestpiece. I started using it right away instead of lotion, and it healed wonderfully (and that was 3 years ago). I found that there was less residue on my skin, the scabbing was less severe, and the itching was really soothed with the oil.
spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
I might see about that, thank you. I just don't really want to go and purchase lotion if I can find a healthy substitute that'll keep my ink beautiful.
sparkle_lite
May. 28th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Try your coconut oil before buying anything!!
I also meant to say that any plant based oil would be ok I'm sure. I used extra virgin olive oil before I got the sesame, but I'm sure that coconut oil will work too (since many people use it on their face and hair). Try the coconut that you have before buying anything else! You want something that will soak in and still let your skin be exposed to the air, not thick and waxy. I'll never use lotion again for a tattoo, only a cold pressed oil. No matter how natural a lotion is I still get stinging and raised, irritated skin.
spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: Try your coconut oil before buying anything!!
Thanks, I have the Ink Fixx, but it just seems too thick for me. I think I may use the coconut or try a sesame or jojoba oil.
percussivebunny
May. 28th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
i used jojoba oil to heal my last one, and it did great. i think coconut would do well, but i'm not a tattoo artist.
cataplexis
May. 28th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I have two tattoos, and I kept them from doing anything funky just by putting my regular (at the time, scented) lotion on them in larger than normal quantities.

That does not sound very helpful, I know. BUT! The upshot is that pure coconut oil will probably be JUST FINE, in fact probably pretty good, for your new ink. I wouldn't hesitate to use that. Nosir.
spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
I actually used a normal lotion on my first tattoo and I ended up having a lanolin reaction. Sadly the tattoo artist didn't think to tell me to avoid it. But it healed well after I switched lotions.
cataplexis
May. 28th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
GACK. That would suck. I always think I have super-sensitive skin till I come on this comm and find out that I have it good, allergy-wise. Of course, my tats occassionally get all rebellious and raise up on me, so maybe I did something wrong. Heck! Do not take my advice! It might kill you! :-/
tingakitty
May. 28th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
No tatoos here, so this may not at all be relevant - but I find that coconut oil absorbs rather quickly into my skin, I don't know if that would make a difference one way or another with tatoos!
spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
I use it on my face when I'm a little dry and it seems to do good. It doesn't break me out so I figured it should be good for a tattoo.
tingakitty
May. 28th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Ah, okay, I didn't know if you had to keep it moist all the time... I am tatoo clueless :P
pulse_width
May. 28th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I've found Ink Fixx to be the best thing for my tattoos, and I have many. When they tell you to use it sparingly, they really mean it. I think you'll find if you use way less than you think you need it won't seem so thick. A little bit really does go a long way with that stuff.
spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I've used it before, but it feels like I have to have too much contact and smoothing it in seems to aggravate the tattoo. I might try rubbing it into my fingertips and warming it first.
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spinsterkitten
May. 28th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
hehe, I was so happy to find a person who made Nick Cave icons, you rarely see them.
chicagocowboi
May. 28th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
olive oil works pretty well--a friend used it with success a few months back. I haven't gotten new ink in a while, so I can only judge from his, and it seemed to work.
wolfsilveroak
May. 28th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
I used a homemade rosemary salve made with pure beeswax, EVOO and fresh rosemary on mine. Healed them up in 2 days.
alasbabylon
May. 28th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
i used unscented dr. bronners and this stuff on my last one with fabulous results
humaazul
May. 28th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
there's a merry hempsters product that i like.
itsjustsomegirl
May. 28th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
This may not fit the bill, but I've been using Dr. Bronner's/Sun Dog magic naked organic balm (naked=unscented). It's great stuff with a great ingredients list, and I just got a tattoo on my foot that seems to love it. It says it's great for protecting new & old tattoos, too. I thought about using my coconut oil, but I dunno. It'd probably be OK?
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