Dermatologists recognize that getting tattoos is a popular choice in America, with more than one third of Americans between 18 and 25 years old having at least one tattoo. Because of this, most dermatologists can advise you about proper ways to care for a tattoo and what to look for when you go to a tattoo studio. While most people do not have to consult with a dermatologist before getting a tattoo, you may want to schedule an appointment if any of the following situations apply to you.
You Suffer From Acne
An acne breakout or scarring from previous breakouts can make it difficult for an artist to apply a tattoo evenly. If you use oral or topical medications to suppress acne, these medications can make it difficult for your skin to absorb tattoo ink properly. Finally, if you get a breakout while your tattoo is healing, it could permanently damage the tattoo.
These are all reasons why it is important to talk with a professional dermatologist before getting a tattoo if you have a history of moderate to severe acne in the are you want to get a tattoo. A dermatologist can work with you to clear up your acne before an artist begins work on a tattoo. They can also make recommendations for acne medications that are less likely to have negative effects on tattoo ink.
You Have Moles Where You Want Your Tattoo
Monitoring the size and shape of your moles is one of the basic screenings you should do regularly to tell if you are developing skin cancer, because moles are one of the first places skin cancer usually appears. Besides being very difficult to apply over moles, a tattoo could cover a mole in a way that makes it more difficult to tell if the mole is growing or changing shape.
A dermatologist may remove a mole, making it easier for a tattoo artist to work. They will also let you know if it is safe to get a tattoo where a mole once was, or close to where a mole is currently.
You Have Sensitive Skin
There are many types of after care recommended during the healing phase of a new tattoo. This can include applying moisturizers and wrapping the tattoo with clear foil or a sterile bandage. If you know you have sensitive skin because you have reactions to different skin care products or you burn easily when you are in the sun, you may want to consult a dermatologist about the preferred after care for your particularly skin.
The dermatologist can recommend a particular brand of lotion as well as inform you as to the proper amount of times to apply the lotion each day for your particular skin.
Your Skin is Dry and Flaky
Dry, flaky skin can make it difficult to apply a tattoo and can be a sign of an underlying condition such as eczema or psoriasis, which can be greatly exacerbated by a new tattoo. If you have dry, flaky skin, you should consult with a dermatologist to make sure you do not have a more serious condition and find a proper lotion to maintain your skin's moisture.
Your Skin is Overly Oily
Too much oil on the surface of your skin can make it difficult to apply a tattoo. It can also cause acne problems while the tattoo is healing. A dermatologist can recommend an astringent to help dry out your skin before your artist places the tattoo, as well as an appropriate lotion for your skin type during healing.
While most people do not need to visit a dermatologist before getting a tattoo, if you have a particular skin problem, it is best to get it taken care of before starting a tattoo placement.