I recently got a tattoo covering my left forearm, and have just noticed today that there are pimple-like bumps that have formed on my skin underneath my entire tattoo. I am concerned because I am not sure if this is normal during the healing process, the tattoo is only 5 days old and started peeling a couple days ago. I have been using lubriderm as recommended. Are these goose-bumps forming underneath my tattoo anything I should be concerned about?
Posted by Janer from IP: 22.214.171.124 on 02/23/08 Phoenix
In most cases it is a sensitivity to your after care product. Can also be form having the area shaved or hairs growing back in. Also SUN! Try washing the area and doing a dry heal for a few days and then use a fragrant free white lotion like Lubriderm or Curel. Another case is detergents or dust mites from clothing rubbing the area or dirty sheets.
Posted by eng3l from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 03/20/08
i've read through all these posts and i noticed alot of things in common:
--tattoo on the forearm --green color --was shaved before inked
im having the same issue. i got the cancer symbol in black with green stars around it. its 2 months old now. i'm thinking the shaving part/growing hair is a main thing because only the section where my hair begins to grow is getting these bumps. i dont have alot, just a couple in the green, and only 3 or 4 in the black, but they're noticable. i use "tattoo goo" lotion. i tried keeping it dry for a while, but it hasnt changed. they dont itch or hurt, but i dont want to pop them and scar.
Posted by J Anderson from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 03/29/08 Maryland
I got my third tattoo Feb. 8,2008 and just a few days after I started with the red bumps that look like pimples and are still getting them almost two months later. Some have gotten big and once popped there is blood. Some of the smaller and had some pus then blood. A lot have healed and gone but only more take their place. I didn't have this issue with my first two. My problem one is on my lower back and it is like a vine outlined in black with three clovers in green and two small red roses. Is there anything to put on this that will keep these bumps from getting bigger and sore? Is there anything that will resolve this issue or do I have to let it take it course?
Posted by girlytech from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 04/03/08 portland, or
I got a tattoo of a feather close to two weeks ago. After about 3 days I would say, I noticed that there were two raised bumps down the quill of the feather; within a few days after that more appeared clustered and slightly smaller around the outside and what seems like the black shading parts of the feather itself. They don't itch or hurt or seem to have any different coloration other than the tattoo itself - so it doesn't seem like it's an infection or allergic reaction of sorts. The feather is just black and gold - no green like some of the other posts. It's located on my back, laying along the uppermost part of my shoulder blade (a common thread seemed to be forearm tats). The bumps do not seem to be ingrown hairs coming back from when the site was shaved, or pimples, or anything of that sort - the best way to describe them would be like a bunch of moles - which randomly decided to pop up at the tattoo site.
I just got a tattoo of a samurai committing sepukku on my upper arm. About 4 days after I got the tattoo I got a bump and it started spreading. These little pus filled bumps itch like crazy. I was really worried at first. I talked to my tattoo artist and found out that this happens due to an allergic reaction with the lotion i was using (which was lubriderm). He told me to switch lotions. I also have been using pure aloe vera on these bumps, because this was recommended I will let you know what happens.
I got my bumps to go away.! so what you do is stop putting lotions, soaps or any other things on the tattoo. at mornings and at nights rub on pure aloe vera. My bumps went away after 7 days so be patient.
Posted by bleedin9 from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 04/14/08 USA
I got a new tattoo a few weeks ago. It's not my first by far but during the healing process I developed white bumps under my tattoo [my tattoo is on my forearm like many of yours], some would bust open on their own and some would be pus, others would be clear pus mixed with blood. They finally went away after my tattoo healed.
Now where my problem differs... this morning I noticed a bump in the lower middle area of my tattoo, it's really red and hot [we all know hot means infection], and my arm is hurting like hell. Also the skin is raised where the bump is. However, if I rub my hand along my arm away from the bump, I feel a knot under my skin and it's fairly big, but it's not raised on my skin... yet. Hopefully it won't and will go away] It almost feels like a "charlie horse" feels under the skin. But I'm kind of doubting this one will heal on it's own. This has never happened with any of my other tattoos, even with ones on my hands or my other forearm. So, I have no idea what it could be, but it's scary as hell might I add.
If anyone has had any similar things happen with their tattoo, email me, please! I don't check these boards often, but I need any advice or information that I can get before I have to go to the extreme of going to the doctor.
Posted by jessss from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 04/18/08
hey all, i'm having a similar problem
about a week ago i got my first tattoo, it's black ink and it's on the underside of my wrist. after the top layer of scabbed ink came off, i noticed a tiny bump that leaked clear fluid from a pinprick sized hole when i pressed on it. it does itch, but i can ignore it. i don't know what color the actual bump is, as it's under the black ink.
if anyone else has any advice for healing these bumps, i'd love to hear. i think i'm just going to wash it and do a few days of dry heal, or maybe add some cortisone cream in case it's an allergic reaction. i do have sensitive skin, so that might be it. i'll let you know how it goes.
I had the same bumps, like tiny moles, pop up on the back of my neck. The tattoo is a green clover and I've had it for a little over a year. I don't know when they first started appearing, but it wasn't before the first 3 months I had the tattoo and it healed beautifully . I asked my dermatologis about them and he said they were probably skin tags, because i had two others, but he didn't really look at them close and to be completely honest, he was a crap doctor :)There are about 5 of them now and sometimes they just go away and another one shows up about every month or two. I can feel them but they are painless, and they are the same green as the surrounding skin, and just barely raised up, not like the skin tags had been. I didn't have the problem with either of my other all black tattoos, but i got those here (indiana) and i got this one on a trip to Georgia. However, my friend kellie got the same tattoo on her lower backat the same time from the same artist, and she hasn't had any problems with it.
Posted by ostrich939 from IP: 22.214.171.124 on 06/02/08 NY
I also have a similar problem, my tattoo is probably about a month old.
It's on the top and inside part of my foot. When the scab came off the outside black parts of the tattoo were still raised...
Now, i have a bump right in the middle, or maybe 3, of my lilly (also black), and some of the parts that were raised along the outside are still raised like little bumps. It doesn't hurt or itch, but I have no idea what they are because I had another tattoo by the same person with none of this.
Ha, however if i try to pop one then it hurts like a pimple would but it doesn't pop just stays there...
I would LOVE to know what's going on, as I haven't been lubricating for awhile now.
I have had my tat for about 3 months now. It healed nicely and even after a touch up, healed well from that. I recently went to the beach and used spf 50 sunscreen on it. Since it is on the top of my foot and I wear flip flops everyday, I usually rub spf 25 on the tat everyday. After returning from the beach (where I got massive sunburn and some slight sun poison) I noticed little bumps on my tat and they were very itchy. They are usually better in the morning and worse at night. (Weird). Still no better. I admit that I scratch it and the bumps are always worse after I do... (go figure). Anyway, I have been putting TattooGoo on at nights b/f bed, doesn't seem to be helping much. It is a color tat and one of the green leaves is one of the worst spots. But some of the black is horrible as well. So I am not convienced that it is a color thing. Someone mentioned using pure aloe vera.....think I will try that. Nothing else is helping....
Posted by Joanna from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 07/08/08 Covington, GA
I got my tattoo 4 weeks ago, a purple butterfly on my lower back. The healing process seemed to go great with no problems. I got past the REALLY itchy stage without digging my nails into it but as of today I was gently rubbing over it with my fingers and I noticed I could feel A LOT of bumps. My husband said some were white (with heads he thinks) but it is hard to tell because of the purple/red/black. I tried to call the guy that did it and had no luck. I used aveeno fragrance free lotion and it seemed to work great. I am not applying it as much as I was as I thought most of the healing process was done as the guy who did it said I could come in at any time now for my touch up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I think you guys are describing different things. The people with the bumps after months of having your tat, You have some sort of skin infection. I know I went through it when they started appearing after a year! Antibiotic cream will heal it in about a week or two. I went to the doctor the first time and he prescribed some cream that cost 70 bucks for barely a weeks worth...i have found that neosporin works just as well. If it's the same thing. They WILL NOT go away on their own. It'll keep spreading but staying within your tattoo. I let it go for 2 years and it just kept spreading. It healed up without harm to my tat though. The people seeing the bumps just after a tattoo shouldn't worry to much.
can someone please advise me.. i got a tattoo about a week ago. its on my back area.. anyway.. theres a part of it that formed a bump underneath thats sore like a pimple. but it hasnt like got huge, nor got a head or anything. it is directly under nothing but ink. what do i do?
do i just keep cleaning the tat and putting the lotion on daily? while just letting whatever it is go away on its own? or do i mess with it or possibly have it checked by someone?
Posted by Tattoobydo from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 07/27/08 Ft. Myers, FL
Also, i hope this doesn't start a heated discussion, but in my opinion and experiance, you shouldn't be putting "lotion", or anything scented, dyed, creamed, or otherwise altered on a tattoo less than three weeks old. At my shop, we have people use Aquaphor, twice a day, and rub it in till it looks dry. Doctors have people use it for minor cuts, scrapes, and even eczema, as it really helps relieve itch and moisturize without saturating the skin.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a liscensed physician. You should follow the directions of your own tattoo artist or doctor concerning your tattoo's aftercare.
Posted by bltsfan01 from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 08/13/08 Fresno, Ca., US
I am also having bumps and irritation on a new piece on my forearm. Only in the heaviest of the black lines though. The color parts have been no problem. I believe i may have had a reaction from an antibiotic and sun exposure combined. If a medication says avoid direct sunlight...they are not freakin kidding!
Posted by justagirl from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 09/22/08 CA
I have a tattoo on my right inner forearm that is about a year and a half old now. I had touch ups done on it a year ago, and everything healed just peachy. It is a combination of vibrant shades of blue. The rest of my forearm is tattooed aswell, as of about three months ago with a variety of colour. I noticed one small tiny little bump that almost appears to be an air bubble coming through the blue of the original tattoo, but with no other side effects. No itching or discomfort, I just noticed the bump because of it's texture and being visible when I got the other tattoos done. Now though, three months later I have got about a dozen of these tiny bumps all in the same blue part, but no where else on my arm. I have a variety of other tattoos, going back about 8 years now, and have never experienced any of this. It freaks me out a little. I mean I always healed well with all of them, and this one was no different for the first year, has no other effects, so it's pretty weird.