Because CBD oil has also been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling while promoting cell reparation, CBD topicals (e.g. balms, lotions, ointments) have found their way into tattoo studios all over the country. But is it all just a passing phase? Or is there evidence to suggest using CBD could really improve the tattoo healing process?
Based on the available research, it appears that CBD balms, oils, ointments, and creams 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 topicals, like cannabidiol (CBD) ointments and creams can now be added to the long list of products used for tattoo aftercare. (Ask ten tattoo artists what the best cream is for aftercare and you’ll probably get ten different answers.)
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.
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.
|Coconut Oil||Can block pores and increasing risk of infection||CBD: Non-comedogenic; meaning it will keep pores free from clogging|
|Petroleum (i.e. paraffin wax; mineral oil)||Provides a skin barrier but is often clogs pores and increases infection risk||CBD: Non-comedogenic so it does not block pores|
|Antiseptic Cream||Reduces infection risk but may contribute to a marbled effect on the tattoo ink||CBD: Naturally reduces infection risk and CBD topicals do not create a marbled effect|
|Lanolin||Moisturizing but can smudge the tattoo ink; can also create an allergic response||
topicals are moisturizing and generally well-tolerated
At the end of the day, you may end up choosing a tattoo aftercare product that combines CBD with any of the above ingredients, as they do all provide some benefits, too. Consult with your tattoo artist on what they’d suggest and test out different CBD-infused tattoo ointments, creams, and balms to find out which is best for your needs.