It’s ok, I’ll just use nappy rash cream on my new tattoo……

….. sadly that tradition has stuck, because when it was introduced (the 50’s I think) there really was nothing else available / suitable.

Nappy rash creams are thick and can be difficult to apply to your new tattoo.  The cream pulls on the skin (ouch >_<) and that’s worse if the cream is cold (due to colder months).  It sticks to clothing & bedding and it’s very painful to prize fabrics away from new tattoos and in fact can pull newly growing skin away (ouch >_< again).

Some tattoo artists have told me that nappy rash cream can even draw the ink out of the skin!

But more importantly, nappy rash cream was made to help and prevent nappy rash!

And these are possible side effects from using nappy rash cream on a tattoo: reaction to the skin such as stinging, redness, peeling, blistering, hives, swelling & itching – these symptoms are similar to the reactions some people get to some inks – this is another reason why a specific product, such as TINKture, should be used to assist in the healing of your new tattoo.

These are the most common ingredients of nappy rash cream:

  • dexpanthenol (a form of Vitaman B5)
  • DL-pantolactone
  • cetyl alcohol
  • strearyl alcohol
  • white paraffin
  • liquid parrafin
  • lanolin (wool fat)
  • polyethylene glycole stearate
  • purified water
  • Petrolatum
  • Prunus Dulcis
  • Cera Alba
  • Ozokerite
  • Glyceryl Oleate

Nappy rash cream is a very thick cream and may result in blocked pores and pimples if it is applied too thickly or too often. Tattoo after care products should allow the skin to breath!

Fortunately people have woken up to the idea that perhaps nappy rash cream is lacking, when healing new ink.

Appropriate oils are brilliant to use on a new tattoo, as long as they are plant based therapeutic grade, 100% natural – they allow the skin to breath and contain vital natural vitamins & minerals to assist in the healing process as well as nourishing the area – combine plant based carrier oils with the appropriate / correct essential oils and you have a powerfully effective tattoo after care product that will help with pain relief, powerfully but gently protect against infection, greatly help to reduce redness, bruising & swelling, nourish the skin and regenerate new cells (NOTE: not all essential oils will do this so it’s important to use the correct ones).

Please stay away from synthetic mineral oils – they will make the skin feel nice, but will not assist the healing process, they can clog pores and effectively cover the skin like cling film, so don’t allow the skin to breathe.

Now I know there are a lot of people out there quite happy with nappy rash creams and will swear by them, but I ask you, have you tried a premium tattoo after care product, such as TINKture, so you can see, feel & experience the difference?


Meghan Owl Tattoo by David Hale

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