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Self-Adhesive Vs Traditional Tattoo Healing

Self-Adhesive Vs Traditional Tattoo Healing

Tattoo healing is probably the most critical part of the tattoo process because no matter how amazing your tattoo artist is, if you don’t take care of your tattoo properly, your tattoo won’t come out as you wanted it. A fresh tattoo looks breathtaking but to maintain that pristine quality of the tattoo, you need to make sure your tattoo heals well.

With the advancement of technology, in this modern age we are surrounded by innovative technology even in the tattooing industry. While there was a time when traditional tattoo healing was the only option, today we have multiple self-adhesive healing options which have certain benefits and make them more appealing for many people.


What is Traditional Tattoo Healing?

The cling wrap or film that is used to wrap around your tattooed body part is the traditional way. The cling wrap stays on for the time period recommended by the artist. It’s used to protect your tattoo from any moisture and exposure to dust and other things that could lead to an infection. The cling wrap does not come with any special properties or substances that aids in the healing process. What are the benefits? Keep reading!


What is Self-Adhesive Tattoo Healing?

This is also something used to keep your tattoo covered to protect it while it heals. Dermalize is one of the most popular self-adhesives that you’d find in tattoo studios. However, it does not require any additional support to stay secured as it sticks onto your skin immediately. It has certain benefits because of which it is preferred by people, but it also has a few drawbacks.


Pros and Cons of Self-Adhesive?


Infection Risk

Self-adhesive lowers the risk of infection as it behaves like a protective shield or barrier between the skin and dirt, water, and even friction. However, in some cases, it can cause an allergic reaction depending on your skin or due to excessive sweating.



Self-adhesive options allow oxygen to flow in between the adhesive and your skin, which helps keep bacteria away from your fresh tattoo. Since your tattoo needs enough exposure for oxygen, this helps to avoid exposure to infection-causing agents in the air. The only issue comes up when the placement of the tattoo is on the ankle, elbow, or hands because it may not stick well in these areas.


Smart Hydration

No, it doesn’t have a smart button but it’s smart because it makes use of your bodily fluids to provide enough hydration for your tattoo and also removes dead tissue efficiently. The clinginess of it can become a problem sometimes because it can remove parts of your tattoo if not removed correctly, especially in minute detailed tattoos.


Pros and Cons of Traditional Tattoo Healing



Like with any conventional method, it has been tried and tested and used for a long time so it works for any body part. Regardless of the placement or the temperature, the cling wrap can be wrapped around anywhere. However, it causes discomfort like itching and scabbing which makes the healing process longer.


All Tattoo Styles and Designs are Welcome

With the traditional healing method, fine detailed design or huge designs, all of them can be protected the same way. The only issue? You have to become hands-on and take care of your tattoo with complete discipline because the cling wrap doesn’t stay on for as long and requires regular cleaning and moisturizing.


Your Tattoo Stays On

There is no risk of pulling off even a small part of your tattoo with a cling film, but this makes it looser on the skin comparatively which makes it susceptible to scratches, bumps, pet hair, and even friction.


The Results Are…

Ask your tattoo artist. Yes, we know we say this always but it really is the answer to most questions. Your tattoo artist can tell you which method would be best suited for you, based on your tattoo. Any other factors that you need to consider or are worried about, you can just clarify it with your artist and you’re good to go.

Now that you know about the two methods for tattoo healing, are you well-versed with the essential tattoo aftercare steps? Well, better now than never then.


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