For first timer, tattoo peeling can be very concerning. The fact that the skin starts to peel and sometimes also brings tattoo ink with it makes the tattoo owner worry that the tattoo won’t last or they week to remove the dead skin. Some try to peel the flaked skin manually. That is not needed and is not recommended. Learn more below.
Here is an example of a tattoo part way through peeling.
Is Tattoo Peeling Bad?
This is the most common question asked by people who get their first tattoo and find that it peels shortly after. Yes, the peeling can be scary, and moreover, the peeling can also make the skin and your new tattoo look unappealing. But rest easy, this skin flaking after getting a tattoo is normal. Below is an example of minor peeling from a new tattoo.
This of the process of skin shedding like when a snake is changing its skin. Skin that was injured and killed during the tattoo process is peeling off to reveal new skin underneath, and your tattoo will have penetrated to that level. That is why tattoos, absent a lot of effort, are permanent. Thus, you don’t need to worry if your tattooed skin starts to peel. You just need to apply ointments or lotion on the dried and flaky skin to help its regeneration along and to sooth the area. Do not peel off the dead skin yourself! This can lead to further irritation. Your tattoo artist can give you advice on products, and hopefully informed you about the chance of peeling to begin with.