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October 22, 2019 3 min read


Never use the petroleum based products A+D Ointment, Bepanthen, Aquaphor, Vaseline, Bacitracin, and Neosporin on your tattoos. 

These products all have a purpose, and it's not tattoo healing. 

Sure, they may work great for diaper rash on a baby’s ass, but not something you should ever use on your fresh tattoo. 

These products contain toxic ingredients, PETROLEUM, and MINERAL OIL. 

Petroleum (Petrolatum) is a mineral oil jelly. A waste by-product of the crude oil refining and distillation process discovered on an oil rig in 1859. Yep! Petroleum as in petrol, the same source that keeps your vehicle running. 

Mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) is a liquid form of petroleum jelly. 

Clinical studies have shown Petroleum and mineral oils build up in the body. This has also proven to exacerbate hormonal imbalances and cause cancer. 

So why the hell would someone ever use these products on their new tattoo? - Misinformation, lack of understanding, confusion, ignorance, stupidity, whatever you want to call it. Hey, just being honest. 

Petroleum-based products are cheap and create the illusion of soft, moisturized, and hydrated skin. 

When applied, they seal the skin's surface and block the natural respiration process. Petroleum suffocates and stops moisture from leaving the skin. This can clog pores, causing blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads. Or worse, create a warm, moist environment for yeast and fungus to grow. 

It gets even better! Sealing and suffocating your skin can cause premature aging. AGING skin causes FADED tattoos. Thus the reason why we developed Inked Ritual Anti-Fade Tattoo Serum. 

Remember, a fresh tattoo is an open wound. For the best tattoo healing and recovery, your skin must be able to breathe. In our 17 Best Tips To Heal New Tattoos blog, point number 7, "Never use excess creams or lotions," covers this point.  

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons why not to use A+D Ointment, Bepanthen, Aquaphor, Vaseline, Bacitracin, or Neosporin on your fresh ink. These products are not safe for tattoos.

No matter who says it is ok to use these products for tattoo recovery, I would take it with a grain of salt. Times have changed, we're wiser, and there are much safer and better options to treat your new tattoo. Don't risk damaging your new tattoo, or adding toxic chemicals to your body, for the sake of saving a couple of bucks.

Tattoos are not cheap. Getting inked is a personal lifetime investment. If you're spending a few hundred dollars, up to a couple of grand on a tattoo, consider this. Invest in your inked investment and consider purchasing a premium aftercare product. The $25-50 can make a significant difference in how your new tattoo recovers and looks after it's healed and years to come. 

It's crazy how people think nothing of dropping $50-$250 on a cell phone case to protect their mobile phones. Yet they will skimp on skincare for their tattoos. Your tattoo will outlive every mobile device you own. Not sure about you, but I want my ink to out-live me. 

So your research. There are a lot of tattoo aftercare healing products to choose from: some great, some good and some not so good. 

Choose a product with natural ingredients that nourish your skin. Also make sure the tattoo aftercare is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not suffocate your skin. And most importantly, read the ingredients. Always avoid any product with any of these petroleum ingredients listed:

  • Mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
  • Petrolatum (Petroleum)
  • Liquid paraffin
  • Paraffin oil

Be aware, some tattoo enthusiasts and artists may swear by these petroleum products. But that is their choice, not yours. You now have the information to choose what you want for your tattooed skin. 

If your artist uses or recommends any of any petroleum-based products, consider politely saying, "no thanks." To be safe, always bring your chosen tattoo aftercare product with you to your tattoo session.





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