You’ve endured the tattoo needles like a champ, you’re out of the hot seat, and the most painful part is over. But before you flaunt your fresh ink, there is one essential part of aftercare that’ll ensure your tattoo looks as good as new long after it heals – and it has everything to do with the soap you use to cleanse it.

Neglect this part of the process, and you run the risk of ruining the tattoo you’ve worked so hard to design or, worse, getting an infection – and nobody wants that. The tattoo artist has done their part, and now it’s time to do yours.

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