Why is it important to apply a vitamin A cream after getting a tattoo?


What does a wound healing process consist of?

Healing is a natural process during which an injured body tissue recovers through the formation of new tissue, and it takes place in 3 stages.

Each stage presents different body reactions with respect to the damaged tissue: from entrance of foreign substances to the formation of new tissue.

What about tattoo healing?

Similarly, the tattoo healing process also consists of 3 stages.

The first stage begins once the tattoo is finished. You need to clean it twice a day, and change the bandage or plastic film to prevent infections.

If you don't use bandages or plastic film on the tattoo, it's very important to make sure that nothing touches it.

It's normal to notice your tattoo swollen and red at the edges, or even observe bruises. Scabs will form in the area, and it's important not to remove or scratch them. Simply use a neutral pH soap to clean the area and a moisturizing cream rich in Vitamin A to stimulate healing and prevent infection.

The second stage in the healing process occurs when it starts itching. This lasts around one week. It is important not to scratch the tattoo during this stage since it can damage its colors and even its shape.

To relieve the itching, you can apply a Vitamin A cream that will accelerate the process and alleviate the symptoms. During the third and last healing stage the tattoo will be virtually normal, the scabs will have gone and although some skin layers may still need time to heal completely, any traces will soon disappear.

It is essential that you continue to cleanse it with a neutral pH soap and apply a Vitamin A cream once or twice a day to favor hydration.

The healing properties of a cream with vitamin A

Vitamin A participates in the rapid healing of wounds and in the overall protection of the skin. It stimulates epidermal thickening and increases collagen and DNA content in the dermis, improving skin roughness, elasticity, and pigmentation.

Lack of vitamin A leads to changes in the skin that result in irritations, infections, and hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin). In addition, its deficiency leads to lower resistance to environmental aggressions.