Sunscreen, tattoos and sun. What do we need to know to protect them?
Posted by Ahsan on November 15th, 2020
To begin, let's remember what a tattoo is: It is a wound, in the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis, which is filled with ink. It is done by penetrating the skin with a needle and generating some type of design, what makes tattoos last so long is that they are deep, the ink is not injected into the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis, but into the dermis, whose cells are much more stable, so the tattoo is practically permanent.
Taking into account what a tattoo is, we are going to differentiate two stages in the prevention of solar radiation in tattoos:
The TATTOO SUNSCREEN has been more regulated lately; there are some hygienic-sanitary measures that we must take into account during the first days after deciding to make a tattoo:
We are going to expand a little more on this last point, which is what this post is about, During the first 15 days, what we have to try is to recover that area of the skin, which has been damaged by the tattoo, yes what We want our tattoo to have a long life, care during the first 15 days is essential.
We have to prevent the area from becoming infected and ensure that it heals well, taking into account our objectives, and that this area of the skin is extremely sensitive because it has been attacked, sun protection is essential, a burn in that area can cause an infection and let the tattoo turn into a nightmare.
Within solar radiation, we have to distinguish between UV radiation and IR radiation, or infrared, for a long time it was believed that IR radiation was the cause of the thermal sensation on the skin, but today Today we know that the effects of Infrared A (IR-A) are harmful to the skin, and what interests us most in our case, the penetration of IR-A rays, is very deep, reaching the Hypodermis, the third layer of the skin, after the Epidermis, and the Dermis.
We remember that the tattoo is done in the dermis, so if these rays have the ability to penetrate to the dermis, it is important to find a specificsunscreen for them, when we talk about tattoos.
We also need to protect ourselves from UV radiation, especially UV-A, which penetrates to the Dermis and UV-B. Sunscreens, following the recommendations of the European Union, use the COLIPA method, the acronym SPF, IPF or SPF; they indicate the sun protection factor, which is the time that the skin is protected against solar radiation.
So the increase in protection factor does not mean that the power increases, but that what increases is the duration of time that we will be protected against solar radiation.
Immediately after getting a tattoo, and until 15 days have passed, we must avoid exposure to the Sun, in the case of not being able to avoid it, it is necessary to cover the area with a physical sun protection, such as a non-occlusive bandage.
The ink with which the tattoos are made can have different pigmentations, the quality of that ink depends a lot on the conservation of the tattoo, it is difficult to find approved pigments, so the conservation and good condition of the tattoo that has been made with an aesthetic purpose, depends on the care we take ourselves.
Recommendations, if we want to avoid discoloration of our tattoo:
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