Girl with tattoo on her back

You can expect to feel a bit of pain when getting a tattoo. There might be some other unexpected consequences from the ink being used. Research says that 10% of people who got tattoos had an adverse reaction such as swelling, itching and delayed healing. In addition, 6% reported having a chronic reaction lasting for more than 4 months.


Reactions are actually unpredictable, but, a little knowledge can go a long way in terms of preventing some uncomfortable, and sometimes serious, consequences.


Here are 7 things to consider before getting a tattoo:



There are some medications that can spike your infection risk. Tattooing boosts your risk of infection, so people with vulnerable immune systems need to be extremely cautious according to Dr. Leger, a dermatologist. This means that people who take certain immuno-suppresive drugs, similar to the ones that are used to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease or lupus need to be more cautious.



Just like medications, there are certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can also cause serious problems. According to Dr. Leger, patients with psoriasis are at a risk of experiencing something referred to as Koebner phenomenon in which a person can get more psoriasis in areas where there is trauma to the skin. Besides causing discomfort to the person, the development of new, scaly lesions over the new tattoo can also compromise its appearance, sometimes for the long term.


On the other hand, people with eczema, tend to have skin that’s extremely sensitive to things like trauma and other irritants. It’s possible that getting a tattoo can prompt an allergic response.



Freshly tattooed skin is extra sensitive to the sun and it continues to some extent even after the skin has healed. UV light can actually react with the tattoo ink, creating a painful sunburn-like reaction. This can happen with any colour ink but it is most likely to occur if your tattoo contains any yellow or red ink.


Ideally, you should choose an area that is rarely exposed to the sun or plan ahead how you are going to protect it with sunblock whenever you go outdoors. A tattoo on the back is obviously harder to lather with sunscreen on your own – ask someone to do it for you. You might also want to rethink areas with moles – getting a tattoo in those areas might make it more difficult to detect changes that signal skin cancer.



It is important that you ask for instructions even before the artist puts the needle to your skin. That way, you can prepare all the stuff you will need such an antibacterial ointment and lotion on hand and ahead of time. Following the after-care instructions given to you will help ensure that your tattoo will heal properly.


The tattoo artists here at Bamboo Tattoo Studio will definitely give you all the assistance you need and they will also answer any questions you might have regarding tattoos. Setup an appointment with them today!