With more than20% of adults above 18 years having at least one tattoo, and 14% of them have two tattoos or more, the love for tattoo art among youngsters is pretty clear.

Got tattooed recently? It’s been more than a week you got a tattoo but still you are dealing with bleeding and itchiness? You were following the artist’s instruction but sadly there has been no relief?

Though this less common, yet it can happen to anyone. And there can be many reasons for such irritated skin. Might be due to the chemical composition of the ink your body is rejecting it. Before getting into such a problem, you need to understand the process of tattooing. So if you are planning to undergo the needle pain, you must know what can make you design itchy:


  1. 1.Inflammatory Phase:When a tattoo is inked on your skin, the initial few days would be in the inflammatory phase where the skin would be swollen and discolored. It depends on the time taken by a tattoo artist and the skin went through the trauma. Do not feel threatened or worried about it as it is one of the processes to go through. However, here you need to understand that tattooing is not as easy as it appears. The process involves some complexities. A dermatologist, Dr. Jorgen Serup, who heads a specialized hospital clinic for patients with tattoo problem, in Copenhagen says.
  2. “A third of those who get tattoos develop allergic reactions and skin sensitivities. And five percent of tattoo customers experience serious issues — an infection or disfiguring reaction.”
  3. Allergic Reaction: Thinking of an itching tattoo and the reason one can think of is likely an “INK”, but in reality, an ink would be the least probable reason for a reaction. But in cases where the ink can be proven to itch or effect, can be the colors like “RED” and “YELLOW” or the shades of color which carries “RED” and “YELLOW” in them. It is not necessary that the infection or allergy would happen the moment you get inked. It may take a week or years to affect. An ink allergy will be itchy and raised and would be only at the spots of some particular colors. The irritation would not be at intervals but will stay constant.
  4. Body Chemistry: Any change in your body from inside will reflect the compositions over your body outside. Change in blood pressure, adrenalin pump or even the body temperature will show the effects on the skin which can be maintained by bringing a few body activities under control.
  5. Skin Condition: Your skin can be highly decisive and surprising by showing traits it never showed before. It can be as small as a dry skin or something major to be listed in some of them like Eczema. Consulting a dermatologist would be the best solution and even some topical anesthetic cream can bring relief.
  6. The Weather: If your tattoo itches occasionally but once it starts itching then there is not stopping, then the weather is at fault. Usually, in the summers, the skin tissues tend to swell and thus the skin stretches causing itchiness. You may not damage a well-healed tattoo by scratching but it is always advised to avoid it.

Whatever the reason behind itchy skin condition, you need to resist the urge to scratch to prevent from condition getting worst. For this you can simply trust a topical anaesthetic solution like Dr. Numb. As it can desensitize your skin for several hours, you won’t feel the itching sensation. You can be at peace and keep your skin itch-free.