Green soap is a common ingredient used in many products such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen and even some body wash. Many people are unaware of its use in tattoos. Green soap helps keep your tattoo from getting chafed or irritated when it’s applied properly.
You may have heard of green ink before but did you know that it contains ingredients like tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is known to reduce inflammation and heal wounds better than regular soaps.
In order to understand how green soap works, let’s first look at the anatomy of a tattoo. A tattoo consists of two parts: the pigment (the color) and the backing paper (or skin). When you get a new tattoo, there are several steps involved in creating your design. First, you apply a base coat of ink onto your skin using any type of liquid ink pen or marker. Next, you apply a second coat of ink over the top layer of pigment.
This is called “overprinting.” Finally, you remove the ink with a soft cloth or cotton swab.
The reason why green soap helps prevent irritation is because it prevents bacteria from growing on your tattoo. If the tattoo was not washed well enough, then it could become infected and cause infection if left untreated. Even a slight infection could ruin the whole design and leave you with a mess. Doctors also recommend using green soap immediately after getting a tattoo because it can help your tattoo heal faster. There is also a special type of green soap for sensitive skin that people with skin allergies can use for their tattoos.
If you’re planning to get a tattoo, it is recommended that you wash your tattoo as soon as possible with green soap or another type of lightly scented liquid soap. You should also wash your tattoo with green soap whenever you shower. Most tattooists use a special type of green soap that they leave out for their clients to use whenever they want to wash their tattoos. Green soaps, lotions, and sprays can be found at most drug stores, just look in the tattoo aftercare section, though some specialized products can only be found at specialty shops.
Green Soap Uses
Green soap is used to clean and sanitize the skin before, during, and after a tattoo. It prevents inflammation and infection. It is good practice to wash your tattoo several times a day with green soap or other types of liquid soaps. Use lukewarm water while washing. In a bucket or sink full of lukewarm water add about 2 cups of green soap.
Stir the mixture with your hands to create a lather. Apply the lather to your tattoo and rub it in for about a minute. Let the mixture sit on your skin for another minute before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. You can pat dry your skin afterwards or let it air dry.
You should continue to wash your tattoo with green soap whenever you shower or bathe. Allow the soap to sit on your skin and soak in for at least a minute before rinsing it off. It is a good idea to put on a light layer of lotion to help keep your skin from drying out. It is also a good idea to wear clothing that allows your tattoo to breathe to prevent it from chaffing or becoming irritated.
Green soap can be used as an all-purpose cleaner for anything that may have come into contact with bodily fluids. Use it to wipe down toilet seats, countertops, door knobs, handles, shopping cart handles, and anything else that you think may have been contaminated with germs or bacteria.
Green soap can also be used to wipe off your razor when you are done shaving. This helps to disinfect the blade and prevent pimples and other types of skin irritation caused by bacteria. If you continue to get ingrown hairs or bumps after shaving, try disinfecting your blade after each shave.
You can buy green soap at most drug stores. Look for it in the tattoo aftercare isle or the pharmacy section.
Things to Remember
Green soap is an all-purpose disinfectant that can be used to prevent skin irritation and infection. After getting a tattoo, wash it several times a day with green soap to keep the skin from drying out and becoming irritated. Allow the green soap to sit on your skin for at least one minute before rinsing it off.
Sources & references used in this article:
Career‐oriented women with tattoos by ML Armstrong – Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 1991 – Wiley Online Library
Tattooing, body piercing, and branding are on the rise: perspectives for school nurses by ML Armstrong, L Kelly – The Journal of School Nursing, 2001 – journals.sagepub.com
Hygiene standards in the tattoo parlour and practices for prevention of infection by J Bergström, M Bodlund – Tattooed Skin and Health, 2015 – library.oapen.org
A body of work: A case study of tattoo culture by JS Fedorenko, SC Sherlock, PL Stuhr – Visual Arts Research, 1999 – JSTOR