How to Clean a Tattoo With Antibacterial Soap

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A brand new tattoo must be treated carefully, since your skin has just experienced a lot of trauma and needs to heal. By taking care of your tattoo properly and cleaning it regularly, you will ensure that your new ink will look its best and your skin will stay healthy. Using antibacterial soap to clean will help get rid of germs and dirt on your tattooed skin.

Lather warm water and a drop of liquid antibacterial soap in your hands. For a larger tattoo, you may need to use more soap and water to clean.

Apply the lathered soap to your tattooed skin gently, taking care not to rub too hard. You want to remove dirt and bacteria without irritating your sensitive skin.

Rinse the soap away by carefully splashing the area with warm water until no residue remains.

Dry the tattoo with a clean, dry washcloth. Without rubbing the skin, dab the tattoo carefully.

Apply a thin layer of moisturizing ointment to the newly washed skin to help protect the area and allow the tattoo to heal properly.