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Question of the Week - Peeling and Flaking

By August 30, 2003

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Q: I just got my tattoo exactly one week from today and its doing good. It's a black tribal on my arm the scabbing has just aobut all gone away but i now have this white stuff all over it and some cracking. Is this regular, and will it affect my tattoo's outcome?

A: That sounds like normal peeling to me. You should see white or clearish flakes of old, dead skin start to peel off in a day or so. Right now the tattoo looks like it's covered with a whitish, cracking film. Add a little lotion (a LITTLE) to the tattoo to help keep it moist and encourage those flakes to come off. Do NOT scratch, pick or peel them.

If you see some of those flakes come off with bits of color from the tattoo, don't worry. This is also perfectly normal. It will all be done in a few days and the color of your tattoo will start to return to normal.

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