Because CBD oil has also been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling while promoting cell reparation, CBD topicals (e.g. balms, lotions, ointments) are finding their way into tattoo studios all over the world. Is there evidence to suggest using CBD could really improve the tattoo healing process?
It appears that CBD balms, oils, ointments, and creams may have a real place in the tattoo industry. If you are considering using CBD to care for a fresh tattoo, here’s what you need to know.
CBD Oil vs. Tattoo Creams: Which Is Better?
CBD oil topicals, like cannabidiol (CBD) ointments and creams can now be added to the long list of products used for tattoo aftercare.
When it comes to caring for a new tattoo, you’ll want to find products that are protective, moisturizing, and breathable, which will allow the colors to come through correctly and linework to thoroughly and safely heal. Whether you’re inked from head to toe or are considering getting your very first tattoo, choosing the right items for pre- and post-tattoo care can be a challenge because there are so many options out there. Ingredients commonly found in tattoo care creams are: Coconut oil, Antiseptic Cream, Lanolin, and Petroleum based products like paraffin wax and mineral oil.
To make your selection easier, here’s a table breaking down some of the benefits CBD may offer as compared to ingredients commonly found in tattoo care creams. You may end up choosing a tattoo aftercare product that combines CBD with any of these ingredients, as they do all provide some benefits. Ask your tattoo artist on what they’d suggest. Test out our CBD-infused tattoo spray and cream to find out which is best for your needs.
How CBD Oil Can Help While Getting a Tattoo
There are two ways that CBD oil can be beneficial to you while you’re getting tattooed: physically, by reducing pain and mentally, by alleviating stress.
Using CBD Oil for Pain Relief
Tattoos hurt—there’s no denying it. Thankfully, CBD oil can help relieve some of the pain you experience while getting a tattoo. Glycine receptors are one of the inhibitory receptors CBD impacts. Located in the central nervous system, these receptors play a major role in your perception of pain. Research has found that cannabinoids like CBD increase the effects of glycine receptors, thereby reducing the experience of pain.
Ask your tattoo artist to apply the CBD cream directly to the tattoo area pre-inking. CBD with it’s pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory qualities could make any tattoo session a bit easier.
Using CBD Oil for Pre-Tattoo Nerves
If you’re nervous about getting your first tattoo, second tattoo or every tattoo, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal to have pre-tattoo worries—after all, it’s permanent! However, overactive nerves can make it difficult to get through the session and could impact the final result. Not only do jittery, jumping clients make it difficult to tattoo smoothly, but they’re also more likely to experience pain more acutely. Fortunately, CBD oil may be able to bring you some calm and peace of mind.
CBD has been antidotally showing a great relief for anxiety and it’s reasonable to believe CBD oil would have the same calming effects before you sit down to have your tattoo done.
If you plan on using CBD oil to ease pain and reduce stress during a tattoo, it’s important to remember that it can take 20 minutes to an hour for the CBD to take effect, depending on the method used and concentration. Plan ahead and determine the best CBD delivery methods beforehand so you know when and how to take your CBD prior to getting a tattoo.
WHY Use A Spray Topical
Traditional aftercare protection for new a new tattoo has been the application of a cream or gel over the ink. Most times the these products are administered from a common tin or jar that has been used on others, plus has been open and shut in a suspect environment. This could possibly lead to contamination that could be transferred to your new ink.
The new trend is to use a spray protectant that not only seals the art but includes an antiseptic to prevent infection and encourage wound healing.
CBD Oil for Tattoo Aftercare
Tattoo aftercare plays a significant role in how your tattoo looks and heals. Colorful and creative as they may be, tattoos are essentially open wounds and need to be kept clean, free from irritants, and allowed to heal in a natural but timely way.
With cannabidiol’s natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it is a near-perfect go-to for tattoo aftercare.
The swelling and redness that come with a fresh tattoo are caused by the body’s natural immune response. This response is triggered in order to fight infection and to defend areas that are under attack. CBD has been shown to regulate this response through its impacts on the endocannabinoid system. CBD affects the CB2 cannabinoid receptor and inflammation-causing proteins called cytokines in such a way that prevents and decreases inflammation in the human body.
In fact, CBD is used in our other skin care products because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce redness, itchiness, and swelling of the skin. CBD is also rich in essential fatty acids, which have been shown to protect the skin’s oil barrier, reduce moisture loss, and aid in the retention of moisture within the skin cells. The better you protect your skin after getting a tattoo, the quicker and better the healing process will be.
As an analgesic, CBD topical can also help soothe pain in the affected tattoo area. Our CBD Hemptatty spray only enters the top layers of skin and doesn’t get absorbed into the bloodstream. This means the CBD remains localized and concentrated in the area to which it is applied for long-lasting pain relief. Regular application to the affected area should provide the same pain relief with every use as the tattoo matures..
CBD Oil for Healed Tattoos
Looking after your tattoo over the long term ensures that the color stays rich and even. Because CBD oil is naturally moisturizing and contains skin-nourishing vitamins E and A, it can keep your tattoo looking vibrant for years to come.
CBD oil contains Vitamin E, an essential nutrient for the protection of cell membranes. As cell membranes cannot hold moisture when damaged—for example, after a tattoo—CBD is particularly well suited for the relief of dry skin, ultimately preventing itching that could permanently damage the piece. Vitamin E is also widely used in the tattoo and medical worlds for its anti-scarring properties. Including it in our Hemptatty aftercare by way of CBD oil will help ensure your piece heals and continues to look as expected.
Finally, CBD oil contains Vitamin A, a group of beneficial compounds that includes retinol, retinal, and beta-carotene. Alongside skin-conditioning properties, Vitamin A has been shown to protect the skin from UV damage, one of the main causes for discoloration and fading of tattoos.
Before, during or after a tattoo, CBD-enriched Hemptatty products should be on the must-have list for anyone with ink.