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Old 13-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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become a big no no no?
When I had my first two done 14 or so years ago vasaline was the only thing recommended, now its supposed to do allsorts to ruin your tattoo yet mine seem fine.
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Old 13-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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Because it's greasy and blocks your pores. It's the worst thing ever for healing skin.

To be fair, not to be a sarky git but tattooing has moved on a lot in 14 years. I imagine health standards especially are way beyond what they used to be.

I'm also guessing the development of salves and creams has moved on a lot since then. How many people were using cocoa butter or tattoo goo back in the late 90s?
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I get that moving on and all but it really doesn't feel like 14 years I had them done. My line manager today asked if I was putting surgical spirit on it as that it what she had always been told to use, never heard of that before
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I get that moving on and all but it really doesn't feel like 14 years I had them done. My line manager today asked if I was putting surgical spirit on it as that it what she had always been told to use, never heard of that before
Before this it was leaves and mud from the Amazon forest
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In my dad's day it was soaking your arm in whatever beer happened you spill when you were having a fight in the pub a few hours after.
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I got my first tattoo nearly 16 years ago (fuck, I feel old having just thought of that!!!), and around my way, vaseline was pretty much old-hat and a bad way of healing tattoos back then with the few tattoo studios around.

The aftercare wasn't much better, however - sudocrem, or savlon, which I was told to use for my first few, and gave me lovely cornflake-like scabs...

Prep-H was definitely an improvement in aftercare creams, but Bepanthen is light-years ahead of even that.
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I was told to put vaseline on my 1st tattoo back in 98. It ended up in a green sticky mess that stuck to my bedclothes and ripped the scab off. After that I used Savlon on the other stuff but I recall the scabs lasting weeks rather than days. I'd never heard of bepanthen until recently but then I've not been tattooed in over 10 years.
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I got my first in 1990, and already folks were saying not to use Vaseline. I started using E45 for a few years from my second one in 1991.

Started using Bep in 2006.
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