What is the Biology Behind a Healing Tattoo?
To understand the healing tattoo process, you must first understand that a tattoo is an injury to the skin that the body has to heal itself. Because of this, the body’s immune system only has a limited amount of energy to dedicate to healing itself. So it’s very helpful to be in good health when healing a new tattoo.
If you’ve recently suffered injury or illness, it may be best to avoid getting a new tattoo until you have fully recovered. You should avoid exertion, intoxicants, and stress as much as possible after getting a new tattoo as well. This can help your body be healthy and fully alert for the healing tattoo process. Rest as much as possible and eat a nutritious diet to give your body the best possible conditions to heal the tattoo as quickly and as easily as possible!
Once the pigment has been placed, blood plasma may begin weeping from the skin. Usually, the skin will also be slightly swollen, hot, and tender. This is because the skin has been subjected to hundreds of thousands of tiny punctures, which can and should take a toll on the body! The swelling of the skin is due to increased blood flow to the area. And the warmth is from the immune system cranking up the heat in the affected area, in order to fight off infection.
Some pigment is then flushed away in the capillaries and then deposited into the lymph glands. As the body starts repairing the damaged tissue, it creates a mesh of platelets to stop fluid loss. This mesh catches the pigment, which later becomes the flakes and scabs of the peeling tattoo. Any pigment grains that are too large to be washed away in the capillaries will be encased in collagen to isolate them from the blood. Sounds gross, but necessary for that tattoo to heal!
Why Do New Tattoos Get Flaky?
Over the course of a week or two, the body will be repairing the skin where the healing tattoo has been applied. This includes a sloughing off of the dead or dying layers of skin that the tattoo was placed beneath, and the repair of the layer of skin that contains the tattoo itself. The process of tattooing the skin is thought to interrupt the skins natural production of oils. This is why it is extremely important to keep the tattoo moisturized. However, there is such thing as over moisturizing. If you do over moisturize, it will clog the pores and can cause rashes or pimples while dissolving the platelets. This can re-open the tattoo, causing the oozing of more plasma, which could result in even more scabbing.
Once your newly healed tissue is ready, the scabs will begin to fall away. During this, a shiny, almost cellophane-like tissue. The skin will eventually return to normal, healthy looking skin after it has settled back into the natural process of exfoliation. This can can take another week or so. When a tattoo is fully healed, you will actually be looking at it through a layer of dead skin that is not tattooed. It is this layer of dead and dying skin cells that makes skin appear to have a matte finish.
As time passes, the skin looses collagen and elasticity, which causes the tattoo to blur and fade. Black will always be the last color to fade away. That’s why it’s very important that tattoos include strong outlines and heavy black shading to keep the shape of the tattoo in tact. Without a solid foundation in black pigment, the tattoo can become un-readable over time.
How Does Saniderm Help the Bodies Natural Healing Process?
One of the huge benefits of using Saniderm is that it is irritant resistant. Saniderm is an effective barrier against water, dirt, germs and friction, all of which impair the tattoo healing process. Our product works by locking in your body’s natural healing fluids so your healing tattoo stays hydrated and heals quickly and efficiently. And in return, no scabbing and reduced scarring! It helps the wound breathe and heal in the timeliest and safest manner. We recommend it for all your future tattoos, try it out!
A healing tattoo is a process and can take a toll on your body, so take care of your new tattoo responsibly and efficiently. Good luck!