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Why you should not use Bepanthen as a tattoo aftercare product

Posted by Black Cat Tattoo Aftercare on

Are you recommending Bepanthen to your customers to use on their new tattoos? Or are you someone who’s using Bepanthen? You may want to think again about what you put on your new tattoo. Even Bepanthen don’t recommend that their product is used for anything other than what is was developed for – nappy rash.

We’ve been speaking to tattooists who use and recommend the product and thought we’d contact the makers of Bepanthen to find out what they recommend. 

This is their reply ‘As you may be aware, Bepanthen Ointment is marketed in the UK for care and protection from the causes of nappy rash. Bepanthen Ointment is not indicated for use on recently tattooed skin. We do not have any specific studies on the use of Bepanthen Ointment for tattoos, therefore cannot recommend the use of Bepanthen for the aftercare of a tattoo. We can only recommend that the Bepanthen Ointment is used as per the instructions for care and protection from the causes of nappy rash.’

If so many people are using it on their new tattoos what could be wrong? Well, let’s take a look at some of the main ingredients of Bepanthen® Ointment.

Most people use Bepanthen as a moisturiser. It contains both petroleum jelly and liquid paraffin – both petrol by-products. Using the jelly will stop moisture evaporating from your skin but it will also stop your skin breathing.  If you have sensitive skin you run the risk of having an allergic skin reaction.  The ointment also contains lanolin – an oily material extracted from sheep’s wool. It is well known that many people are allergic to lanolin so using a product containing this ingredient could lead to an allergic reaction. It also contains emollients that again could cause an allergic reaction in some people.

If your skin is sensitive to any of these products you run the risk of a rash, burning, stinging, redness or irritation. None of which will help your tattoo.  Don’t run the risk of ruining your new tattoo with cheap moisturiser.  A good tattoo aftercare product like ours will not only keep your skin moisturised but will also help the tattoo heal and keep it looking fresh and vibrant.

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