Question by  mwalker (26)

What could cause bumps on a tattoo?

It is a fairly new tattoo.


Answer by  Rosebud (334)

It could be an allergic reaction to the ink used. Red ink is the most often the allergen. Rubbing lotion on it once or twice a day may help.


Answer by  Kriket (1029)

You could be having an allergic reaction to the lotion they use after the tattoo. Be sure to gently wash it off.


Answer by  silenttypo (12)

Bumps on a tattoo could be caused by clogged pores, acne, or from having a sunburn recently where the skin has peeled in the vicinity of the tattoo. There could also be a slight infection, so you should apply antibiotic ointment.


Answer by  MTW (12)

It could be a couple of different things. It could be a clogged hair follicle or where there is extra ink that was push under the skin. Or you could be having a reaction to the lotion you are using for after care.


Answer by  worker4530 (303)

If its still in the healing process, it may be a slight infection. But if they tattoo is already healed and bumps have come up out of nowhere, they are most likely keloids. Keloids are excessive scar tissue that may be seen as raised bumps under the skin. They are extremely common and are not harmful in the slightest.


Answer by  glow (120)

Bumps on a new tattoo could be inflammation, which is part of the healing process, or they could also be due to scar tissue that was caused by getting the tattoo itself.


Answer by  alicesays (106)

Bumps are probably nothing to worry about. Changes in weather or skin care can lead to those bumps, but it generally doesn't mean anything. Have you changed lotions lately? Or has the weather changed lately? Maybe you're having a slight allergic reaction to something. Unless there's pain or discomfort also, don't be concerned.


Answer by  Laura89 (157)

Bumps on a new tattoo are part of the healing process. If you care for it properly and keep it clean and don't pick at it the bumps will eventually go away and the skin will be smooth.


Answer by  HeyJude137 (46)

The bumps could be scabbing, which is a normal after being tattooed. As always though, with any concern, consult your tattoo artist to make sure it's not something more.


Answer by  technogeek (6640)

The simple answer is infection. If the needle was dirty or your skin was dirty, then you could have an infection. You could also be allergic to the ink that was used. Consult a dermatologist.

posted by Anonymous
Your an idiot. It doesn't have to be an infection
More than likely its a lotion reaction from not using a fragrence free product  add a comment

Answer by  pruitts (14)

Most commonly, red ink can cause granulomas around tattoo ink. Blue and green ink also have a high risk of causing granulomas. If your bumps happen to be red, this could be an allergic reaction to using neosporin. When the red bumps go away it takes ink with them.


Answer by  Anonymous

I just recently got a finger tattoo about a month or so ago.I now have a giant bump under the skin,right on the bend of my finger...It was hurting and looked like a blister and has now popped a little...But it looks like alot of trapped ink...Is this normal?

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