Tattoos are essentially second degree skin burns with the dye as an added irritant. A tattoo on your skin is an irritation that your body will naturaly treat as a wound.
Redness, swelling and weeping will occur as this is your body’s way of clearing bacteria and foreign bodies from the wound. Weeping will push the ink out of your tattoo and scabs appear, and this in turn will cause ink loss.
It is at this stage that our Hempiness Organic Pure Hemp Essential Oil can help you with its strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that typically lead to reduced scabbing while the tattood skin heals. Less scabbing mean less itchyness and less ink loss.
Aromatherapy and tattoo care
Hemp essential oil (Cannabis Sativa L.) is a truly holistic oil that works on both a physical and emotional level and offers a wide range of health enhancing benefits.
Produced exclusively from the flowers of female or hermaphrodite plants by low-pressure steam distillation, it requires 50lbs of flowers to produce 20ml (1oz) of pure oil. Also this 100% pure organic Hempiness Hemp Essential Oil is not hempseed oil which is a product obtained from the pressed seeds of the common hemp plant. Hemp is especially suited for protracted and chronic health problems and pains. Its properties include:
- Creates feelings of tranquility and peace
- Extremely relaxing and anti-spasmodic
- Stress-relieving, good for insomnia
- Anti-inflammatory and reduces swelling
- Alleviates skin irritations & allergic reaction
- Beneficial for respiratory tract problems/infections
- Relieves asthma, hay fever, sinusitis
- Boosts energy, optimism & confidence
- Reduces nervousness, fear and apprehension
- Holistic: Opening, releasing, balancing and uplifting
- Hormone balancing: regulates female hormone system
Therapeutic properties: anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling and alleviates muscular stiffness and spasms), anti-allergenic (great for eczema, hormone-balancing), good for PMS (reduces painful cramps with less emotional distress), stress relieving, good for insomnia, psychologically opening, releasing and stabilising. Also helps nervousness, insomnia and creates a feeling of inner peace.
How to use essential oils on skin
Essential oils like Cannabis Sativa L interact with the body through the nose and are also absorbed through the skin. There are many ways to use essential oils, but these are the three that work well on skin contact and in tattoo after care:
Essential oils can be used in a bath both for therapy and pleasure! Use up to eight drops of your chosen essential oil or blend. Run the bath as usual, and add the essential oil (or mixture) to the water.
A compress is a clean, damp, folded cloth that has been infused with essential oils and is then applied to the problem area. A compress can be either cold or warm, depending on the purpose. Fill a small bowl with water, add 2-5 drops of essential oil. Stir briskly, soak the cloth, wring, and apply. Repeat this procedure as needed.
Foot and Hand Bath
Use 2-4 drops of your chosen essential oil in a bowl of water. Cool water revives, and warm water relaxes.
Balmonds Skin Salvation
This natural and gentle beeswax based healing balm works wonders on tattoos. Described by tattoo artist James Conway as “the best suited product for tattoo aftercare on the market today!” he says “I have never seen tattoos heal as quick and bright.”.
First created as a solution for dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, this cream is loved for its healing and moisturising properties. It works by forming a protective breathable layer which works as a barrier over the fresh ink. This keeps the top layer of skin safe from external irritants, thereby reducing itchiness and encouraging the tattoo to heal. Hempseed oil and beeswax have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it the perfect choice for thos wanting a natural tattoo aftercare solution. Check out the Balmonds Skin Salvation Salve here.
Hemp tattooing Tattoos are essentially second degree skin burns with the dye as an added irritant. A tattoo on your skin is an irritation that your body will naturaly treat as a wound.
Hemp Oil For Tattoo Aftercare
Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular especially in the mainstream where it is almost more common to have a tattoo than not! Estimates show that 1 in 5 people in the UK have a tattoo, and that number rises to 1 in 3 among younger people as well . Despite their popularity, getting a tattoo isn’t always an easy process, and the tattoo healing process can involve itchiness, scabbing, weeping and ink loss in the area as the body tries to heal around the “injury” of getting a tattoo. Hemp oil and CBD oil are both excellent moisturisers and anti-inflammatories, both of which are excellent properties for tattoo healing. CBD oil also has the added benefit of having relaxing and pain-relieving properties for some people, so can be a great product for tattoo aftercare. However, for every tattoo artist, there is a different preferred treatment for tattoo aftercare, and hemp oil is simply another option for those of us wanting an effective way to promote tattoo healing and aftercare. Especially if you’re having your first tattoo, talk to your tattoo artist about what they recommend for effective tattoo aftercare to see if hemp oil and CBD oil are right for you!
How Does The Tattoo Healing Process Work?
Generally, the tattoo healing process occurs in around three stages:
From almost straight away after the tattoo is finished, and up to around a week after your tattoo, oozing, swelling and redness are common symptoms that should start to improve over the course of a few days, until the area has dried and scabbed over. Oozing is very common, and is a result of the plasma in the body rushing to the area to begin the wound healing process . Most tattoos are wrapped by the tattoo artist before you leave the parlour, so seeing moisture (the plasma) under the wrap is perfectly normal. Seeing a little blood under the wrap is also common, and not something to worry about. The area of the tattoo will also be red, hot to the touch, swollen and inflamed, this is also very common. Towards the end of this stage, the skin will start to scab and become dry and flaky.
At this point in the process, it is important to keep the area clean and dry, using antibacterial soap and warm water to clean the area. Dry very gently, using a patting motion, rather than a rubbing motion to prevent further irritation. At this stage, you can apply a moisturiser or tattoo aftercare balm to the area sparingly, though you should try and keep the area covered as much as possible. At this stage, CBD oil can be beneficial as it is an effective anti-inflammatory , and is intensely moisturising without blocking the pores of the skin. The high levels of vitamin E in hemp oil and CBD oil are excellent for intensely moisturising the skin at this stage, without triggering irritation.
Once the skin has stopped oozing or weeping completely (generally around a week after getting your tattoo), the tattoo area may become dry, cracked, scabbed over or itchy, and skin flaking may occur until this layer has fallen off completely . At this point, if you’re using CBD or hemp oil to care for your tattoo, the moisturising properties of the oil can be very beneficial. As hemp oil and CBD oil don’t clog the pores of the skin, the chance of infection in this area is lowered, and the light, easily absorbed formula can help to relieve itching in the area. It is important not to pick at the scabs or flakes, as this can be painful, raise your risk of infection and damage the appearance of your tattoo. The moisturising effect of carefully applying CBD oil a few times a day at this stage can improve your comfort, reduce dry flakes and inflammation and speed up the healing process.
At this stage of the tattoo aftercare process, the skin will be fully healed. From around two weeks to a month after getting your tattoo, while the skin will be fully healed at the top layer, the tattoo will look a little cloudy or smudged. This is because the skin at the lower layers is still healing , so you should continue to care for it even when the top layers appear to be fully healed.
The vitamins present in CBD and hemp oil make them ideal for continued aftercare. Vitamin E, for example, can help to reduce scarring and protect the skin cells even after the strain of a tattoo. The high concentration of Vitamin A in CBD oil and hemp oil also helps to protect from sun damage, which is one of the most common reasons that tattoos become discoloured, faded or otherwise damaged . Regularly applying hemp oil or CBD oil to tattoos that are frequently exposed, such as on the hands or arms, even after they have healed, can help them remain bright and vibrant for years to come.
CBD Oil Before Tattooing
You can also apply CBD oil before tattooing, as some people and initial studies show that it can help to relax the body and mind, and reduce pain in a natural and holistic way. For this reason, some people prefer to apply CBD oil to the tattoo area both before and after tattooing . Applying CBD oil beforehand can be a way to moisturise the skin and relax the body in the area, which may lead to less discomfort during the tattooing process . Talk to your tattoo artist about this – they might be able to recommend the best way to take CBD, whether it’s in an oil, taken orally or applied topically to the area.
At CBVIT, we offer a variety of products which can be used in tattoo aftercare. Our CBD oils can be used topically or taken sublingually , and we also offer a CBD ointment to help intensely moisturise the skin , and a body butter designed to moisturise the thicker skin of the body , which is ideal for the second part of the process where the skin begins to crust and dry, so needs extra hydration.
Hemp oil and CBD oil are both excellent moisturisers and anti-inflammatories, both of which are excellent properties for tattoo healing. CBD oil also has the added benefit of having relaxing and pain-relieving properties for some people, so can be a great product for tattoo aftercare.