You shouldn’t pick scabs no matter what kind of wound you have, but you really shouldn’t pick the ones that form on your fresh tattoo. As your tattoo heals, some light scabbing will occur. This is totally normal. The scabbed parts fall off on their own, so you’ll see little colored bits here and there, especially when you wash your tattoo. If you pick them off, it won’t speed up the healing process and can actually slow it down. Not only that, but you’re risking infection, too!
What do you normally apply to a cut or wound? Neosporin, or some kind of medicated ointment, because duh, you want it to heal. And your fresh tattoo is essentially one big wound, right? It only make sense to apply something like that to it! WRONG! These medicated ointments do their jobs TOO well and your tattoo can heal too quickly. There’s also zinc in medicated ointments, which can take the ink out of your skin, and make your tattoo fade! I speak from personal experience, so just put the Neosporin down and back away slowly. Stick to something like H2Ocean tattoo ointment or A&D! And remember, only a very thin layer is needed for the first 3 days, then you can switch to a nonscented lotion.