Protect your paramedical tattoo when exposed to the sun: Precautions to take

Maryse C-P

7/18/20232 min read

tanning with paramedical tattoo
tanning with paramedical tattoo

Tanning can have an impact on the appearance of your skin, whether it is without paramedical tattoo or not, especially if dermopigmentation has been performed on a scar or an area with altered color. When you tan, several things can happen. First, the ultraviolet rays of the sun can react with the pigments used during the treatment, which can result in a change in their color. Second, the contrast between the tanned skin and the pigmented area can make the dermopigmentation more visible. "Abnormal pigmentation within scars makes them more noticeable, causing distress for patients.." (National journal of Medicine). Finally, excessive sun exposure without adequate protection can increase the risk of sunburn and delay the healing of the scar.

To protect your dermopigmentation during sun exposure, it is essential to take certain precautions. Here's what you can do:

Use sunscreen
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) on the treated area and the surrounding skin. Reapply regularly, especially after swimming or if you sweat heavily.

Wear protective clothing
Cover the treated area with light-colored, lightweight clothing. Opt for tightly woven fabrics for better protection against UV rays. Don't forget to use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face.

Avoid excessive sun exposure
Limit your direct sun exposure time, especially during the hottest hours of the day. Seek shade or create your own shelter with an umbrella.

Avoid tanning beds
Tanning beds also emit UV rays that can damage the skin and alter pigmentation. "Exposure to UVR from indoor tanning devices has been shown to cause DNA damage in skin cells, and is associated with an increased risk of developing melanoma, and squamous." (ScienceDirect) Avoid their use to preserve the appearance of your dermopigmentation and keep your skin healthy and away from skin cancer. By following these precautions, you can minimize risks and protect the appearance of your dermopigmentation during sun exposure. Remember to consult your specialist in paramedical tattooing for specific advice tailored to your situation.

Understanding the effects of tanning on dermopigmentation.

Precautions to take to preserve the appearance of your paramedical tattoo.

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