SUN AND TATOOS
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by Dr Tomás, Illustration by Raquelísima July 2017 CHECK OUT IBIZA Read in PDF format N14/2017
SUN AND TATOOS SUNLIGHT CAN MAKE TATTOS FADE, WHETHER THEY ARE OLD OR RECENT. THE FIRST FEW DAYS ARE KEY, BUT IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO ALWAYS USE PROTECTION TO AVOID SUN DAMAGE

Can I sunbathe if I have a tattoo?

Tattoos can be old or recent, depending on how long it’s been since you got them. A recent tattoo needs a lot more protection from sunlight in order to prevent a suntattoo reaction that might cause inflammation and even a hypertrophic scar or keloid, which is a very ugly thing in deed.

And what if it’s an old tattoo? What should I do?

Old tattoos should be protected from the sun the same way you protect the rest of your skin, and, in any case, you should take extra care to use sun screen to prevent the sun damage to your skin or to the pigments in your tattoos, as the sun’s harsh effects can make tattoos change colors.

Does tattooed skin age the same as regular skin?

If the tattoo has not given you any problems since you got it, and provided the pigments haven’t produced any sort of reaction, photoaging usually affects both tattooed skin and untattooed skin in more or less the same way. And you’ll start to see the typical signs of photoaging (spots, dehydration-dryness-flaking, flaccidity-drooping, lack of luminosity,...), in both areas.

What should I do if I haven’t protected myself adequately from the sun and notice my tattoos are starting to fade?

Some fading and discoloration over time is inevitable, but this process is speeded up the more your tattoo is exposed to the sun. The problem is that some colors react with sunlight, causing inflammation and an unsightly scar. If this happens, make sure you see a specialist as soon as possible to treat the problem.Until recently, about 80% of people with tattoos regretted getting one less than 5 years later. The technology used to remove tattoos has since made great progress, but some colors are a lot more complicated to remove than others. In most cases, you need a different device to remove each color.

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