Itchiness, Flakiness, and Peeling: The Healing Process
So Iím half way through the second week of healing after getting my second tattoo and all I want to do it scratch it. I donít remember my first one itching so much. I wonder if the location has something to do with it, or if the fact that this one is color and the first one was black.
I do know that location can affect the rate of healing for any wound. The closer to the heart the better the circulation and the faster the healing. Thatís probably one contributing factor to my first tattoo, on my abdomen, healing quickly. My new one is on my foot, so more than likely itís going to take a while to heal.
I noticed most tattoo artists give the same advice for taking care of tattoos. Iíve been following my artistís instructions as closely as I can and so far things look good. I just keep thinking about how much it hurt and how I really donít want to have to get it touched up.
Pain is subjective and different parts of the body experience pain differently. I now know that the tops of my feet experience a lot of pain. Iím still glad I put it there. My thought is that you shouldnít choose a location without thinking about it first. I chose my design and the top of my foot near my ankle seemed like the best place for it. And an hour of pain really wasnít that bad---now that itís over.
Itís just the damn itchy, flaky, peeling healing process thatís driving me crazy. After reading about the healing process and how to properly care for a new tattoo I still just want to scratch it. Itís like having an itchy nose and not being able to do anything about it. Itís torturous. Since it was self inflicted does that make me a masochist?
About the Author: Scott Jones organizes Tattoos by Design Zine at http://www.tattoos-by-design.co.uk/zine/.