For the most part, having a tattoo is an enjoyable experience. It’s art you get to wear every single day — something that holds meaning, expresses your style, and becomes a permanent part of your body. But in some cases, tattoos can cause complications later in life. And knowing what to look for is part of the whole tattoo ownership process.
Basically, a tattoo should be viewed as a mini commitment; something that needs just a little bit of extra care. "You should plan to care for this tattoo for as long as you want it to look nice," dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Fenton , of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC, tells Bustle. "The most important thing you should plan to do is protect it from the sun . Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should always be over it when exposed," which will help prevent UV rays from dulling or blurring the tattoo over time.
Of course, sun protection is important for the rest of skin as well, but even more so for delicate tattoos. Beyond that, "treat it like the rest of your skin with gentle soaps and moisturizer for long-term care, " Dr. Fenton says. Doing so will help keep your skin healthy, while protecting your tattoo for years to come.
As for other complications, you never know what might crop up later in life, including ways your tattoo might change , how it might impact your health, or even what might happen if you choose to have it removed. Read on for a few things to keep in mind, according to experts. 1Inflammation
"Tattoos can trigger autoimmune, inflammatory conditions in the skin," Dr. Fenton says. "There have been reports of a rare condition called sarcoidosis developing even years after the tattoo."
So keep an eye out for changes in your tattoo, such as bumpiness on the skin . "It is unclear exactly why this develops, but it is likely triggered by having the constant exposure […]