More than 3,000 years ago, an ancestral tradition became popular; or rather, on people’s skin: the tattoo. This practice of marking the skin with drawings, moments or phrases has gone through discrimination, prejudice and nowadays it is more and more accepted in society. However, it is important to take a few precautions before getting a tattoo.
Tattooing is a micro-needling process, in which the needle penetrates the dermis or skin and releases some of the ink below, suffering injury and later healing. The ink is injected, low enough not to come out in a bath, and high enough not to enter the bloodstream. For better recovery, the body must be strengthened with the necessary nutrients, preventing infections and inflammation.
There is nothing in the scientific literature that limits certain foods to newly tattooed people. The dermatologist, coordinator of the laser department of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD), Luís Antônio Ribeiro Torezan, states that: “This is a controversial subject, since dietary care is valid for any healing process, from the patient who has suffered a burn and who has undergone surgery, to a more balanced, more natural diet, without fats and saturated fats, not necessarily to people with tattoos”.
Avoid yellow and red skin colors. (Photo: Reproduction/Adobestock)
Some foods contain substances that can cause allergies and itching, interfering with recovery, increasing the risk of local infection, such as: fried foods, pork, sausages, pasta, soft drinks, sweets, frozen foods, dyes, seafood and alcoholic beverages. In case of constant and excessive consumption, problems such as itching, fever, pus, formation of keloids, swelling and redness at the site.
For good healing, not necessarily a tattoo, choose foods that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. White, green, yellow, orange and red vegetables; red and purple fruits and dark chocolate. Foods rich in omega3, such as fish, seeds and nuts. Water consumption is essential for hydration of the body. They should also pay attention to healing ointments, moisturizers and sunscreens.
Such an important part of this whole process is choosing the professional. Having a reference from close people who have already tattooed, a qualified professional will make all the difference, especially if it is a first experience. And finally, stay tuned for the studio. Supervision rules exist and must be followed for a reason. Doctor Torezan reinforces “Today, with regulations, studios have improved a lot, and aseptic techniques have greatly reduced these risks, but you have to be careful.”. It is essential that the intervention be carried out by a competent professional in a regulated studio.
Featured photo: It is important to take care of the tattoo in the first 20 days. Reproduction/Adobestock