You might be concerned about the peeling of tattoos, but it is all part of the process.
How long does it take for your tattoo to peel? It can take up to two weeks depending on the size of your tattoo. Let’s take a look at the entire process of tattoo removal and how to care for your skin during this time.
Tattoo Peeling Process
Tattoo peeling occurs when the epidermis (outermost skin layer) is regenerated. The top and middle layers are penetrated when you have a tattoo done. This causes a shock effect in your skin cells.
The new skin cells will eventually reach the outermost layer of your skin around the middle of the week. This causes your old skin cells to fall off or peel off.
What Is the Average Time It Takes for a Tattoo to Peel?
Every tattoo is unique, just as every body.
In general, smaller tattoos that have less ink can be removed within a week. It can take longer for larger tattoos that have more ink to completely peel. If your tattoo isn’t fully peeling in five days, or takes longer than two weeks, don’t panic.
What Should You Do If Your Tattoo Is Peeling?
- Let your skin naturally peel off
Don’t be afraid to trust the process. They will eventually come.
- Moisturize your skin
Your skin’s healing process will be accelerated if you moisturize it. This will help your epidermis to regenerate.
- Take care of your tattoos
You should treat this part of the tattoo healing process with gentleness.
What to Avoid When Your Tattoo is Peeling
- Do not pick at your tattoo
Unsettled ink can pop out if you pull the attached skin. This could lead to scarring, patchiness and even distortion of your tattoo.
- Do not shave or wax tattooed areas
This should be obvious.
- Use towels sparingly
After cleaning your tattoo, use a paper towel to avoid bacteria and excess rubbing.
- Avoid swimming
Water, sweat and other substances can seep into tattoos.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.