Chlorine Could Be Harming Your New Tattoo

Portraits of a young woman with a shoulder tattoo wading in a swimming pool.
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Everyone loves a good pool day. However, if you've recently gotten a tattoo, you may want to stay out of the water. According to, chlorinated pools could be harming your new tattoo. From drying and peeling to burning and itching, there are several ways that chlorine could be harming the skin. As a new tattoo is considered an open wound, introducing chlorine to that area isn't the best idea. Chlorine itself is a very strong chemical, and can introduce a host of problems to your fresh ink. Think itchy skin, red bumps, and even rashes are possible when swimming in a chlorinated pool with a new tattoo.

However, this doesn't mean you need to avoid the pool all summer long. Once a tattoo has healed properly, chlorine will no longer affect it. It's simply the open wound aspect of the a new tattoo that could cause the side effects. After the two to three week healing process, diving into a pool is completely safe. Once the skin has healed around the tattoo, chlorine can no longer effect it. Taking care of a new tattoo is integral in the longevity of the ink. If you're looking to keep vibrant and colorful for years to come, be sure to give your tattoo some TLC. Here are a few tricks for keeping your tattoos looking the best during the summer months.

1. Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen, $1.99,

Over time, the power of the sun can fade even the darkest of tattoos. Keep your ink looking vibrant by using an SPF daily. The tattoo experts at recommend using at least an SPF 15 when heading out into the sun.

2. Moisturize

Lotion, $6.49,

Prevent any possible flaking, dryness, or itching by regularly moisturizing your skin. Not only will it leave your skin with a healthy glow, but it will also help to replenish your skin's natural moisture barrier.

3. Use Bandages, If Necessary

Bandages, $7.44,

An easy way to make sure that a healing tattoo stays clean and dry is to cover it with a bandage. Reach for ones that are waterproof if you plan on heading to the beach or pool.

You're days at the pool don't have to come to end just because you have a tattoo.

Simply avoid the chlorinated water for the first few weeks after the appointment to ensure a properly healed tattoo.

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