Tattoo irritation

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Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 1:33 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

This tattoo was done in Jan of this year 2011 and is well healed by now but I’ve noticed whenever I’m in the shower and it’s in contact with hot water or steam it gets irritated and the lines raise and it becomes very itchy. The artist who did it wasn’t he best and I have a blowout from it now so could that be something to do with it?

I have another tattoo done about a month ago and there’s no such reaction.

I just want to know what this is caused by and should I be worried about it.

Thanks :D

When a tattoo is done, the skin is ‘opened’ and the ink is put in. The end result of this is the tattoo pigment healing under the skin, however it also results in a small amount of scar tissue to form. When a tattoo is done ‘too deep’ or over worked, often this scar tissue will be more than normal and can often cause the lines to appear blurry or blown-out.

As with any scar tissue, it will often raise when you are warm and can often become itchy too. You could try rubbing pure vitamin E oil onto the area to soften the scar tissue up, but most importantly make sure you don’t scratch it or it will often just get worse.

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