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Tattoo and sweatband

AddaAdda Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So I just got my first tattoo on my wrist yesterday and it's all good :^:

I've been reading how I should keep it out of the sun and this all makes sense as does not putting any sunscreen on it before it's healed. Problem is if I'm out and about in a t-shirt or want to go for a run, can I put a sweatband over it to stop it getting too much sun or will this cause problems?

I'm guessing I'm limiting myself to longsleeves for the next few weeks and otherwise just staying in the shade if it's sunny?

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  • ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    you aren't going to want to put something tight on it like a sweatband while it's still healing. Or at least, I didn't, but my tattoo's always felt like bad sun burns for the first couple of days

  • Descendant XDescendant X Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Who said that you shouldn't put sunscreen on your tattoo? I put sunscreen on mine (which I got about two months ago) and had no problems.

    And seconding not putting a wristband on it. It'll hurt like a bugger and there is the possibility of the wristband rubbing off scar tissue, which will make the tattoo like like hell.

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  • Code39Code39 Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd say just throw some paper towel over it and saran wrap it to hold the paper towel in place (plus a piece of tape, I suppose!). I wouldn't put sunscreen over an open sore, personally. Wait until it starts drying up before putting anything on it!

  • EshEsh Tending bar. Eating out. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Who said that you shouldn't put sunscreen on your tattoo? I put sunscreen on mine (which I got about two months ago) and had no problems.

    And seconding not putting a wristband on it. It'll hurt like a bugger and there is the possibility of the wristband rubbing off scar tissue, which will make the tattoo like like hell.

    Sunscreen while it's healing. Bad idea. Sunscreen when it's set. GREAT idea.

    And yes, as someone who has full sleeves, back, chest, and neck tattoos, you do not want something chafing against it while it's healing. Just don't spend prolonged periods in the sun while it's healing. This is why I never get tattooed during the Summer.

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  • AddaAdda Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Thanks for the advice guys, is pretty much what I thought so I will resign myself to less outdoorsy stuff for the time being.

    Tattoo in the winter next time methinks.

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  • mystikspyralmystikspyral Registered User
    edited July 2009
    Once mine are healed I usually start putting SPF 70 on them when I'm going to be outside.

    They do actually make tattoo specific sunscreen for people who out in the sun/tanning. I'd ask your tattoo artist and see what he/she recommends.

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