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Noxzema and tattoos

Posted by shadow on 08/11/10


Just wondering if anyone had ever heard of using Noxzema to wipe down tattoos. ( not every time, just when cleaning the whole thing off) I heard about this from a guy who used to get worked on by Markus Pacheco and said Markus swears by it (apparently the eucalyptus not only soothes the skin but supposedly does wonders for the color) I've used it on and off for a couple of years with really good results. To avoid cross contamination I simply pump the desired amount into a cup (by the way, I've also done away with squirt bottles of any kind. I just mix green soap and water in a cup, stir it up, and dip my paper towels into that. This way everything gets thrown away. Just made so much more sense to me, maybe it'll catch on; has at shops I've worked at already once I explained the benefits) and just dip my paper towel into the Noxzema to clean before breaks, and for sure at the end. Just wanted to know if anyone else had heard of this and if not, what your thoughts might be. Thanks. ps I've had absolutely no adverse reactions using this method and notice a substantial difference in how quickly the work heals, although I've never had a real issue with anything healing less than great, so not sure if that matters. But my colors do seem brighter ( not like, magick, miracle brighter, but brighter. Keep in mind this was one of Markus's clients and was apparently one of his big "secrets" at the time.



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RE:Noxzema and tattoos

Posted by anthony on 08/11/10


yeah, dude i used to work with did that. never saw a problem with it. never really saw the point in it too, but whatever.


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Posted by T on 08/11/10


The noxzema thing is ment to reduce redness for taking pictures, but for that you have to spread it onto the skin and let it sit for a while before you wipe it off, sometimes it works better then others.. Also, using disposable cups instead of squirt bottles is a great ! i thought i was the only one to do that, takes a little more time and its slighty less convienant, but the peace of mind is worth it.


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RE:Noxzema and tattoos

Posted by chris van r on 08/11/10


yup, i used noxzema for years...and i picked it up off jef whitehead [he was at primal urge] when i got tattooed by him. it does have a soothing affect [had a few people say it stung], it cleans off the skin nicely and helps to take away the redness for photos when you can't get a healed picture. i've been trying to get away from unnecessary extra ingredients and haven't used it for years...maybe it's due to for a return.


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RE:Noxzema and tattoos

Posted by shadow on 08/11/10


Thanks for the input guys. Yeah the soap in the cup thing came about while working in Hollyweird. Everyone there was so on top of sterilization that it drove me nuts sometimes ( don't get me wrong, I'm very anal about sterilization and cross contamination, but that's all they talked about). It struck me as blaringly obvious that the bottles were a good point for cross contamination to occur so in an effort to come up with something better, came up with that. Thanks again for responding and if anyone has anything to add feel free.


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RE:Noxzema and tattoos

Posted by shadow on 08/11/10


Also, if anyone has any info on why it might not be a good idea I'd love to hear about it.


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RE:Noxzema and tattoos

Posted by T on 08/11/10


Ive never seen anyone react poorly to the noxzema other then a little bit of sting sometimes. As with anything there is always potential for reaction, and while im a advocate for exposing the skin to a minimal amout of chemicals, ive never had/seen or have heard of any issues. I would only advise using it when the tattoo is done and not midway through to reduce the redness. Witch hazel can help with this too but it drys out the skin. Sometimes ill mix my light greys with it when im doing portrait work, seems to help sometimes


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