The One Reason Not To Shave Over Your Tattoo

by Emily McClure

Something like shaving your tattooed skin is an easy, cheap way to remove hair, and further expose your ink. However, there is one occasion where your tattoo artist will want you to ditch the razor. According to the artists at Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company in Orlando, you should skip shaving if your tattoo is new and still healing. During the healing process, your skin is very sensitive, and even considered an open wound. Shaving over the tattoo site will not only be painful, but it can also damage the tattoo itself.

Give your skin anywhere from two weeks to a month to fully heal. This means no scabbing, peeling, or shininess on or around the tattoo site. These are all signals that your skin is still healing, and that it isn't safe to shave.

However, after the tattoo has fully settled into your skin, shaving is completely fine. As shaving itself only removes hair from the outer layer of skin, your tattoo, located in the second layer of skin, won't be harmed or damaged. If anything, shaving can help with the appearance of your tattoo as it helps to remove any dead skin cells and hair that could be clouding the opacity of the ink.

Keep your tattoo investments looking their best by giving your tattoos a little extra TLC. That TLC can definitely involve shaving once the skin has healed.

When it comes to shaving, be sure to use a hydrating liquid or gel to help keep the skin moisturized. According to, a moisturizing lather helps to give you a smoother shave without drying out your skin.

Once your tattoo is fully healed, it's exactly the same as non-tattoed skin. Feel free to shave, wax, or tweeze your tattooed area to remove any unwanted hairs.

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