How to Stop Tattoo Itching… Before It Sends You Crazy!

how to stop tattoo itching

How to stop tattoo itching?

Tattoo itching is a common problem during the healing process. It can be a real nuisance and can make you not enjoy your new tattoo. Tattoos are beautiful personal expressions of art. However, tattoos itch for various reasons that need to be addressed to help minimize what could become irritation or possibly infection.

The first thing to understand about tattoo itching is that it’s normal, and every new tattoo will experience some degree of it, especially when exposed to UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds. Here we talk about ways on how to cure tattoo itching in the early stages? How do you stop tattoo itching when getting a new ink design?

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Most people want an answer to “how do I stop my new tattoo from itching”? But the question should be re-framed to ask, “what can I do to stop my new tattoo from itching” because few things are more annoying than getting a new piece of body art to have it start itching!

Remember, your skin is susceptible after being punctured by needles and having ink deposited into the dermal layer. During the early stages of healing, you need to keep the area moist for the flesh to push out any impurities. This process will cause temporary swelling (which can make it feel like something creepy crawly moving beneath your skin), contributing to irritation and itchiness. You may also experience mild burning or sharp sting-like sensations when showering with fresh tattoos. However, this usually subsides after a few weeks.

how to stop a tattoo from itching
how to stop a tattoo from itching

Here are some tips for how to stop tattoo itching when you get new ink

1. Moisturize! Keeping your fresh tattoos moisturized is the key to helping them heal properly, thus avoiding excessive itchy skin and irritation. This is important with sensitive skin. By using an unscented, hypoallergenic lotion, preferably with vitamin E, you will be doing the most good towards healing your new tattoos.

Apply these moisturizers for at least two weeks or more if need be so that your skin can start creating its healthy oils again to nourish itself back to health. This will also help get rid of any dryness on the surface of your skin, which could cause itching. The best time to moisturize your tattoos is after you are finished with your daily shower or bath when they are still warm and damp.

2. Wash the area gently with lukewarm water. Remember that your skin can also be easily irritated by using too hot or too cold water, especially if it’s just freshly tattooed. If you have just gotten a new tattoo, do not soak them at all during the early healing process! Doing this will cause excessive swelling that could lead to pigment retention or color bleeding into surrounding areas due to breakage of the outer epidermal layer of skin tissue, which is very fragile during this time.

3. Use cool compresses made from washcloths soaked in milk and honey. Please keep this in your refrigerator and apply it to the tattooed area after you cleanse it. You can also use a clean cloth here if you do not like the concoction. This will reduce swelling and redness and has lovely skin healing properties (milk and honey).

Milk is an astringent that helps dry up excess tattoo ink that may be oozing out during those first few days, thus allowing you to avoid scabbing. Honey has natural antibiotic properties which help prevent skin infection due to bacteria exposure from dirt or other potential contamination of fresh tattoos, such as touching them without washing hands first (please keep fingernails short at all times for this reason – don’t risk having to get another one put overtop of where the infection occurred).

4. Take a bath with 2-3 cups of sea salts added to water. This will help reduce the swelling and redness and provide disinfectant properties, which can also prevent infection that may lead to rash and scabbing during this early period of tattoo healing. Never add a bubble bath or a mild soap with fragrances during this time, as they can cause irritation and other skin condition for your new tattoos. Using only unscented lotion is best for this purpose if you want to apply moisturizer after bathing while avoiding any potential sensitivity from perfumes or other irritating ingredients in these liquids.

5. Use a cool-mist humidifier in your home throughout the day and night while sleeping – keeping a high level of humidity in the air is essential for your skin to heal properly, especially after it’s been freshly tattooed. This will also help with swelling and redness from being swollen from water weight during more humid times of the year.

6. Make sure that you are eating a healthy diet, meaning free from sugars and refined carbohydrates that contribute more towards inflammation builds up inside the body than anything else – which can lead to itchiness on damaged tissue areas such as new tattoos subjected to harsh conditions while healing.

Keep this area moisturized to flush any impurities caused by a high acidity diet/lifestyle where toxins tend to build up faster due to the overstimulation of glands throughout the endocrine system. This is why it’s essential not to consume any refined grains or sugars, or processed foods containing these ingredients.

7. If your new tattoos look horrible by the time they are healed (meaning scabbing all over, etc.), you can use Neosporin with pain relief properties. This will help speed up the healing process and give peeling areas a more tolerable feel & appearance to them while they’re shedding skin layers due to irritation – be careful of using this because of allergic reaction to certain forms of antibiotics such as neomycin sulfate, which can cause contact dermatitis reactions in some people prone to having allergies that require medical attention immediately upon exposure.

how to get a tattoo to stop itching
how to get a tattoo to stop itching

8. Drinking lots of water is essential for proper collagen formation within the dermis layer of tattooed skin while repairing itself from damage done to it from tattooing. Adequate hydration also speeds up the healing time by flushing out impurities caused by an acidic diet/lifestyle that results in toxins building up faster within the body due to overstimulation and inflammation problems, leading to itching other discomforts.

9. Make sure you’re getting a high amount of protein daily into your system – this will help your body heal better. It’s made mostly from amino acids that provide a form of transportation for nutrients taken in orally so they can be used to repair and build new tissue cells back together again. Eating lean meats daily is best for this purpose, along with free-range eggs for those who want to eat the yolk as well.

10. To reduce healing times and promote healthy skin growth, use derma rolling techniques (also known as microdermabrasion). This involves using a medical-grade tool that consists of little needles you roll across your skin that puncture tiny holes into it.

It then rubs an AHA solution overtop of exposed layers to remove dead cells and create healthier new ones where needed – commonly used in beauty salons and clinics but can be bought over the counter now at many drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. This will also help reduce scarring and stretch marks and remove signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.

11. Use a hyaluronic acid ointment on tattooed areas that are scabbing up badly or itching a lot. It’s known for absorbing excess water from your skin which can lead to swollen tattoos (and is used in most anti-aging and beauty serums these days as well), along with reducing redness and irritation caused by dry skin cells or itchiness where pigment has been lost due to excessive peeling or scabs.

This will help speed up the healing time by promoting healthy new cell development so they can replace dead pigment particles within existing layers where color loss has occurred – you only need a few drops at a time for this purpose.

12. Take a break from using any acne cleanser, toner, moisturizer, or other oily/waxy product that can clog pores and prevent proper absorption of nutrients into the dermis because that’s where your new tattoos are at this stage in their process, so they need to breath better for healthier skin growth to occur – harsh chemicals are usually what causes irritation problems with healing, along with tattoo pigments being lost due to too much pigment-removal cleansing.

This is why it’s best to use natural plant extracts and oils or things like cucumber juice on the skin because they’re safe yet effective when used alone without causing any inflammation issues inside the body. Start using this one by one until you find the best gentle-yet-effective product that works for you – but most tattoo shops offer a line of products, including organic sunscreen, antibacterial soap, petroleum jelly, and tattoo aftercare products.

How long does the itching last for a tattoo?

how to make tattoo stop itching
how to make tattoo stop itching

The itching sensations associated with a new tattoo are going to vary from person to person. Generally speaking, many people will say they deal with the discomfort and scratch when they can’t stand it anymore. Others apply an ice pack to the area for a short time when needed. You have likely been told never to pop or pick at your tattoo, so don’t do it!

Try some natural remedies such as witch hazel, tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc., but go easy on them until you find what helps you most. It usually takes around 7-10 days after getting a tattoo for the itching stage of healing to end, and then most people’s skin will be pretty much healed except for maybe a slight redness, which will fade quickly.

Tattoo itching is a side effect of getting a tattoo, and in some cases, it can lead to a very itchy tattoo. This irritation will last for a few days up to a week or so, depending on the person. You can do things to help ease the itchiness, such as taking over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) since this relieves itching and reduces your body’s response to an irritant such as rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, baby oil, etc.

Also, make sure you don’t scrub your new tattoos with abrasive sponges or loofahs while you’re trying to remove dirt and grime from your skin: gently use your hands to wash away dirt and grime. Also, don’t scratch your new tattoos! That will only irritate the area more, which can cause it to scar or bleed, so try applying moisturizer on the tattooed area every time you shower to help prevent itching.

If, however that doesn’t work, then there are several other things you can do that have worked for others who have gone before you:

1) Apply a topical anti-itch medication such as Benadryl Cream (diphenhydramine cream), Zanfel poison oak/ivy product, hydrocortisone 1% cream, etc., over the tattooed area for relief.

2) You might also want to give home remedies for poison ivy, such as bleach baths (a capful of bleach in your bath water) or Epsom salt baths (1/2 cup to full cup depending on how much water you use).

3) Some tattoo parlors offer a “spa treatment” for tattoos, including exfoliation, application of vitamin-enriched lotion, and sometimes even aromatherapy. Ask your artist about it if this is an option that they provide.


  • apply moisturizer every time after you shower
  • take over the counter antihistamines
  • wash away dirt and grime gently with your hands only


  • scrub your new tattoos with abrasive sponges or loofahs
  • pick at, pop, scratch, or irritate your new tattoo
  • apply any topical product directly over the area for itching relief

Can I slap my tattoo if it itches?

Tattoos are wounds, and slapping an injury can result in a tattoo infection. To help your tattoo’s itchiness, use a cold pack to make the redness go down and take allergy medicine such as Benadryl or Claritin to stop itching from allergies. It would help if you did not scratch your new tattoos at all, not even light scratching with your fingernails until it is healed.

Patience is the key when you have got a new tattoo and just let it heal on its own without any unnecessary tampering by yourself, which might cause unwanted problems for you later on because that will only delay the healing process of your tattoo for weeks, causing more significant problems than necessary if scratched too much before getting fully healed.

Is slapping better than itching a new tattoo?

No. Most of the time, slapping a tattoo only makes it itch more and get irritated. It is recommended to leave your new tattoo alone for at least 24 hours so it can heal on its own without any outside contaminants such as dirt, sweat, oil, and germs that may irritate or infect your new tattoo and cause other itching.

how to stop a new tattoo from itching
How to stop a new tattoo from itching

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