How to Protect Your New Tattoo while swimming: Complete Guide

A few months ago, I got a new tattoo

It was a huge heart shaped tattoo just the the right side of my arm and I loved it a lot.

I was proud of it and wanted everyone and their dog to know that I just got a new tattoo

But then I had a problem I needed to deal

How do I swim with my new tattoo.

Is it even allowed to do? If yes, any issues or consequences I should be aware of?

In this article, I will be sharing everything I was able to gather and research about swimming with a new tattoo.

How long after a new tattoo can you go swimming?

How to protect your new tattoo while swimming

In the first few weeks after having your tattoo, you skin will go through a healing process.

While this healing process is going on, it will form a thin, dry, crackly and some scab will eventually fall off after a while.

Now within this period, it is advised to not go swimming.

This is because allowing water to come in contact with your skin will cause serious problems and irritation.

So for at least the first 4 weeks after getting your tattoo, you want to avoid going for swimming.

Another important thing to consider is that after getting a new tattoo, the area is open to wounds and infection

So you definitely want to avoid it getting in contact with anything bacteria related that will cause complications

Can you wrap a new tattoo to go swimming?

This is another question I keep getting from people

Is it possible to use a wrap and cover a new tattoo while I go swimming?

Before you consider wrapping your tattoo, there are a couple of things you need to consider

In some cases, there are laws that require a new tattoo to be wrapped to prevent infections

In situations like this, then it’s a must that you have to wrap your tattoo.

When you wrap your tattoo, this cover will also limit the flow of air to your new tattoo

Also like I said earlier, it prevents bacteria and infections from getting in contact with your skin

So in my personal opinion, you want to avoid water getting in contact with this wrap

So should you wrap a new tattoo to go swimming?

I will say NO… allow your skin to heal for about 3 to 4 weeks before you think of entering the pool again

Can you swim in Chlorine after a new tattoo?

Before I answer this question, let me explain a little about chlorine and what it does to your skin

Chlorinated pools are very bad for your skin especially with a new tattoo

Here are some of the issues this might cause

  • Drying of the skin

  • Peeling of the skin

  • Itching and burning sensation

You new tattoo is an open wound, therefore introducing chlorine to it is not a good idea

You want to keep it clean and fresh as much as possible

In summary, swimming too soon after getting a new tattoo can quite easily ruin it

The 3 to 4 weeks after getting a new ink is especially critical and should be well taken care of.

If you find yourself swimming either by accident or on purpose, then make sure you wash the area with clean fresh water immediately.

This will help minimize the risk of infection.

Do you have any tips on How to protect your new tattoo while swimming? Let me know in the comment box below

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