Tattooing. The Good.  It’s wildly popular and it’s officially mainstreamed into the American culture with everyone seemly committed to marking some part of his or her body.  It’s everywhere. I see it all around me with people wearing tattoos as a distinctive art form, or a personal expression of their individuality, or they simply want to make some statement.  It’s interesting, it’s unique, and for most people, while the procedure itself is usually somewhat painful, it is so ‘right now’.  In a matter of hours, you could be the proud wearer of some form of permanent body art.

Tattooing. The Bad.  A strong word of caution to the wise.  What you see may not be what you get.  While I do not want to stir up a hornet’s nest (especially among the happy, satisfied tattoo-wearer), there is a real downside for the poor, unfortunate souls who threw caution to the wind, disregarded their skin’s sensitivity, and developed permanent skin damage.  Not everyone is a suitable candidate for this procedure.  Here’s why.

The tattoo procedure involves the insertion of pigments into the skin’s top layer.  The tattoo artist uses a hand-held device to inject ink droplets into the skin.  This machine acts like a sewing machine, piercing the skin repeatedly with one or more needles to create the desired artwork.  The process, which is done with no anesthetics, causes a small amount of bleeding at the sight itself.  The pain from this procedure can be mild to significant.  

Because the procedure is invasive (i.e., your skin must be broken to inject color), tattooing involves significant risk---especially if you have any skin inflammations or sensitivities.   For example, if you have eczema, piercing your skin with any metal instrument--- in this case multiple prinks with needles---will cause an immediate reaction at the site area, with inflammation and burning.  This is your skin’s reaction to the invasion of a foreign object and can last for many months.  Those who suffer from allergies and asthma must also be careful inasmuch as they may react to the ink (especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes) itself causing complications. There are millions of people today who suffer from skin maladies.  A hasty decision to tattoo without considering the downside would be ill-advised.  The very nature of the procedure, which is breaching the skin then injecting the skin with inks, can bring complications.  If you do not get relief from the pain, or your skin is showing signs of an infection (redness, swelling, oozing, pus-like pimples) please consult your doctor. Tattoo removal can be done by laser and other procedures, but remember, it is not a quick-fix procedure.

Even if you do not have ‘skin issues’, post-procedure skin care is necessary to avoid problems in the future.  If you are going to have a tattoo, please remember to allow at least two weeks for healing of the skin keeping it clean and dry.  Stay out of the sun and avoid swimming.  Use the SheOlogy Healing Balm immediately after the procedure on the affected area to facilitate rapid skin healing and continue to use this product until your skin is back to normal.  No itching, no burning, no scabbing.  Amazing!