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QOW: A&D Ointment

By December 16, 2007

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Q:Can I use regular a+d ointment [for diaper rash] or does it have to be a+d with vitamins a&d? Also will these brands cause any color loss? I got a tattoo two days ago and have been using the regular a+d ointment.

A: Actually, any A&D ointment contains the A and D vitamins, thus the name. But I was always told during my apprenticeship that the A&D commonly found in the baby aisle contained products that would inhibit healing and that only medical grade A+D ointment was acceptable. However, over the years since then, I have found that the medical grade ointment is difficult for the average person to find, including myself, and I decided to try the regular A&D designed for diaper rash. I found it to successfully heal my tattoos with little to no color loss as long as it's used very sparingly, as with any ointment.

Just be aware that A&D is petroleum-based and contains lanolin, two ingredients that potentially can cause irritation, allergic reaction or color loss. But since most people don't have a problem with it, I would say that it is safe to give it a try. If you break out or start noticing color loss, discontinue use. Keep in mind that when your tattoo starts peeling, the flakes will contain bits of ink - that is not the same as losing color; it's a natural part of the healing process.


December 17, 2007 at 4:53 pm
(1) Walt says:

For my clients I recommend medical grade A&D, but don’t leave it on the tattoo for more then a few minutes, wipe it with a plain white paper towel. if you are alergic to latex don’t use A&D ask your artist to recommend something else,Lanolin is derived from wool and you’ll have a rash and get little white pimples. The patrolium in A&D will clog your pores if ya keep it on so your tattoo will seap alot more. I also recommend no A&d for the first day and only apply it till the tattoo starts to peel. Medical grade A&D can usally be found in the first aid aisle.

December 20, 2007 at 7:44 pm
(2) andy says:

Use either any a&d or bacitracin. Don’t use any ointment 1st day. Leave it open to the air. Keep it clean. 2-4 days apply very thin amount of a&d or bacirtacin 2-3 times a day. Just keep it shiny. If it oozes your using too much. Less is better. Do not use after 4 day because it will draw the ink out. Use non-fragerance Lubiderm until healed. 2-3 weeks. Remember, everyone heals differently. This method has worked great for all my clients so far, and all have been very happy

June 25, 2009 at 11:04 am
(3) Kat says:

From what I understand about chemicals…A&D ointment carries Zinc, correct?
Zinc is a pulling agent…correct?
Wouldn’t that be BAD for a tattoo (in the sense of pulling out the color)?
I’m pretty sure my major in chemistry wouldn’t sway me from the truth of this one.
I used Aquaphor ointment…

September 21, 2009 at 6:58 pm
(4) Patty says:

A&D does not contain zinc. the ingredients listed on the product is:
cod liver oil
light mineral oil
microcrystalline wax

Other diaper rash products may have zinc, A&D does not.

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