Let’s face it – Tattoos hurt, and some more than others. Some hurt while you’re getting them, and some hurt after you’ve already got them (we’re looking at you elbow and knee tattoo guys)
So, what are some quick and easy ways to relieve the pain that comes from getting tattoos?
Ice Cold Water/Ice Packs
After you get a tattoo, one of the easiest ways to alleviate some of the irritation can be with some simple ice cold water.
In this situation, the ice cold water, when applied appropriately, will help to reduce some of the swelling and discomfort.
The problem with this is that you don’t want to use ice cold water right away, because that can actually damage the tattoo ink and skin. We’d suggest checking with your artist, as some areas will be more delicate than others.
A hot compress is also a great way to relieve some of the discomfort following a heavy ink session. As an illustration, this can be done by placing a hot compress (like a towel or heating pad) on the tattoo area. While this is not as effective as the ice cold water, it can still be used as a temporary measure.
Finally, if you are using a heating pad, make sure you don’t use it for more than 15 minutes.
As always, check with your artist to make sure that this is an appropriate treatment for your situation.
Aloe Vera Gel
One of the most popular options that people use for pain relief is aloe vera gel. Although you’ll have to get it from a store (or if you’re feeling adventurous, straight from an aloe plant), this is also a great way to alleviate some of the irritation you may feel following a tattoo. Aloe Vera is known for its ability to help reduce the pain and irritation of minor wounds, so it’s no surprise that it can be used for tattoo pain as well.
This is a great option to have on hand, because it’s something that you can always grab, and it’s also easy to apply.
Aloe Vera is available in many different forms, including gel, juice, and a cream.
You’ll want to make sure that you’re using the gel form of the aloe vera. This is because the gel form will work best in healing the tattoo.
One of the last recommendations we think is a great option for pain relief is, of course, CBD. Known for it’s therapeutic and medicinal properties, CBD is a great choice for those looking to relieve some of the irritation the comes from a tattoo. The great thing about CBD is that, depending on how and when you take it, you can even relieve some anxiety ahead of actually getting the tattoo.
To conclude our segment, the reality is that getting the tattoo isn’t always the most painful part of the entire process. Healing and taking care of your fresh new piece of art can come with some pain as well, and there’s plenty of options that can help during your road to tattoo recovery!