If a lotion that has cetyl alcohol in it and it's applied to a tattoo will it dry it out?

Not Medical Advice: If a lotion is applied to a tattoo, it should not dry the tattoo out.

Cetyl alcohol is a very common ingredient added to shampoos, cleanser, lotions and moisturizers.

Because of its unique binding and emollient action, cetyl alcohol is a great binder for moisturizing. Water and oil do not mix, so moisturizers containing a fat such as cetyl alcohol lock moisture into the skin and form a protective barrier that water can't penetrate, preventing dry and parched skin.

In addition to the unique barrier benefit of cetyl alcohol, it is often added as an ingredient to moisturizers to alter the consistency of liquid products or to increase foaming capacity.

Although most people can wear skincare products combined with cetyl alcohol and have no ill side effects, some people may experience slight discomfort or a full blown allergic reaction. If you experience any of the following symptoms after applying a product containing cetyl alcohol, immediately discontinue use and seek medical attention.

It is important to take the right care of your new body art to ensure it looks great once the healing has completed. Learn what to do in different tattoo healing stages at Newhealthadvisor.com.

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