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Simply the best for tattoo care,
This review is from: Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Dry, Cracked and Irritated Skin Protectant, 14 Oz (Health and Beauty)
A note: many people with ink will agree that there is a huge debate over the very best regimen and a lot of the time it comes down to your personal preference which is paramount so long as you are using a quality product. I've tried many, and this is my "happy place". Your mileage may vary.
Don't waste your time with expensive products like H2Ocean Ocean Care Tattoo Aftercare Lotion when you have a product like Aquaphor available. I am getting a 3/4 body tattoo that needless to say requires a lot of loving aftercare. While it's somewhat aggravating to have to wash your sheets more often because Aquaphor sticks to them along with any tight fitting clothes (which you shouldn't be wearing against a new tattoo) these are minor annoyances compared to having a cracking tattoo.
I tested Aquaphor and H2Ocean Ocean Care Tattoo Aftercare Lotion side by side on a portion of my tattoo and quickly switched to straight Aquaphor. On one side I had a bit of slime from the thin coat but no scabbing, infection, or dry skin. On the other where I used the tattoo specific cream I had huge patches of skin that were cracking and flaking. While both appeared to help keep me clear of infection in those first few crucial days, I had to apply more of it and far more frequently. Using the same regimen of three showers and one extra washing with an application of both on a similar area it was clear that Aquaphor was superior. As a note of reference I did not not use it on different skin types (one over the other) but split the area horizontally in two to be fair.
The product is unscented which is nice, and is good because you aren't putting any perfumes against the wounded area of skin. While alternative tattoo only creams and salves are full of additional vitamins, I have yet to notice an improvement over Aquaphor. In addition, when you're getting a very large piece you're going to need a lot of product for all the outline and coloring sessions, not to mention the tightening period. Why spend your hard earned money on something that just looks like it's going to be better for you when a cheaper product will have just as good or even more effective results.
I tested this product on my left leg from the knee all the way to the hip, I noticed in addition to how well I healed that the left leg was smoother than the right after I was done healing. There really is no substitute.
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Initial post: Jun 1, 2011 11:07:05 AM PDT
Michelle Ruiz says:
I would have to strongly agree with you on this. I myself have used this product in two different scenarios. First would be on my ink, and the second would for my son during his diaper years. I have found in both instances that the product was the most effective as well as very affordable.
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