Skin is comprised of 3 layers: epidermis dermis and subcutaneous. The epidermis is the outermost portion that is visible. Just below is the dermis and deeper still lies the subcutaneous layer or hypodermis.
The epidermis provides protection from the outside world. It is our barrier to many infectious bacteria (such as Staphylococcus aureus), fungi and viruses. Cuts, punctures and other wounds break down this barrier and allow penetration of infectious agents.
Tattoos penetrate the epidermis creating tiny puncture wounds on the epidermis to allow depositing of ink in the dermis layer. The depositing of ink in the dermis layer is what provides permanence to your tattoo. But it also leaves your skin vulnerable in the immediate post tattoo period.
This is why hygiene and cleanliness are of utmost importance in this immediate tattoo period. A simple, clean soap, such as Aftershock Foam Soap, keeps the tattoo area clean and removes infectious agents. But our Foam Soap is also made from alkalization of fine oils. No harsh chemicals are included.
We've all been hearing about the importance of hand washing in the Covid19 world. Keeping your hands and tattoo sites clean was important pre-Covid. And it's particularly important in a post Covid19 world.