Coconut Oil Tattoo Healing

Comparison Using Coconut Oil

Hey Kelapo fans, my name is Sebastian and I’m the newest nut on the Kelapo team! In the future, I’ll be sharing useful everyday tips and tricks for coconut oil.

It is not something most people talk about, but proper tattoo aftercare is one of the most important parts of ensuring your tattoo will be the best it can be for years to come. Since 2009, I have spent over thirty hours under the hand of a tattoo artist. All of my tattoos are on my lower body and swelling has always been an issue for me. It is pretty standard for me to see swelling for four to five days after my appointment. Because of this issue, I am always trying out different ointments and moisturizers in hopes of expediting the healing process.

I have recently been introduced to coconut oil and heard about its potential moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Once scabbing started, I decided to give coconut oil a try. My results were AMAZING! My skin stayed moisturized for longer than any other product I’ve used and it’s almost entirely eliminated the dreaded itch associated with healing tattoos. After only three days of having the work done, my swelling was completely gone! I am more than satisfied with the results I received and would highly recommend using coconut oil for your tattoo aftercare needs.


  • Whip coconut oil by any means until you have an even consistency.
  • Apply liberally three times a day, allow for oil to be absorbed into skin.
  • Dab away any excess oil.
Do you have any unquie ways that you use coconut oil?


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  1. Terry
    May 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I got my first tattoo last week, been using A & D ointment, but the itching was so insane I decided to try my coconut oil and the itching stopped immediately, my tattoo seems fine, even more vibrant.

    • May 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm


      This is so great to hear! We definitely did notice a difference in the vibrancy of the tattoo after using coconut oil also. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. violet
    July 6, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Well thanks a lot for this information, at least we can easily find Coconut oil rather than some expensive ointments. which i really missed during my first tattoo.

    • July 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Violet – We are so glad that this information helped! Hopefully you’ll be able to use it on your next one 🙂

  3. Crissy
    July 18, 2015 at 3:07 am

    My tattoo is super scaby in some spots. Located on my forearm. I have several other tattoos and none of them habe been like this. It looks like I&’ll even lose some black color because of the dabbing is so bad in the spots that was shaded the most. I have read many things saying to keep it dry and the scabs would fall off but with it being on my forearm it’s painful. Any helpful tips would he much appreciated. Would coconut oil help keep the color i think I’ll lose? Thank you all in advance 🙂

    • July 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm


      Sebastian, who wrote this blog, did have a colored tattoo and when using coconut oil during the healing process, we definitely noticed a vibrant appearance with the colors. I would definitely try applying coconut oil to your tattoo while it’s healing, just be sure to be consistent with this. Consistency always gives greater results 🙂 This should help put moisture back in your skin as well, so the scabbing and itchiness will hopefully stop. Hope this helps!

  4. Ilana
    August 4, 2015 at 12:45 am

    just got my first tattoo, and i use coconut oil as a moisturizer pretty much all the time, and i have been searching for results on whether or not to use it on my tattoo and pretty much everything says its great, but i am wondering if i should use it right away or wait for it to start scabbing a bit?

  5. Ashley
    August 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hi, I just recently got my 6th tattoo on 8-26-15, I woke up yesterday morning with a rash all on and around the tattoo. Any ideas on what this could be and how to get rid of it? The tattoo covers my whole lower back so I can’t really see it, but my husband described it as looking like pimples but in the form of a rash.. Any info would be very helpful thanks

    • Kat
      May 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      I hope you saw a dr. Was it MRSA?

  6. Charvi
    October 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Coconut oil actually helped me with my tattoo there was no swelling even after 2-3 hr when i got my tattoo… But i have a little confusion how many time atleast i should put it and i think my tattoo is not that vibrant !!! What should i do ?

    • October 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm


      You would be fine applying coconut oil to your tattoo every few hours or if you feel that it is getting dry. We actually noticed the colors “popping” more once the coconut oil was applied. Hope it has helped you!

  7. Sommer
    November 23, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I have very sensitive skin. I love tattoos but dread the healing process because I am allergic to any time of ointment and lotions tend to make me break out. Normally the healing for my tattoos is red, itchy mess for about a month or more. I was so excited to hear my tattoo artist tell me to use coconut oil. I am so pleased. No itching what so ever. The swelling was gone in a day. Started flaking about 3 days after. It has been a week and the sloughing period is pretty much done. The fastest I’ve ever healed and the tattoo is perfect with no loss of color. The scabing period was so minimal. I don’t even think I scared up that bad. Anyone that has doubts, don’t!!! Coconut oil is the way to go. It takes away any pain you may have. Ita friggin’ amazing.

    • November 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm


      Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback!! I’m so happy to hear that it worked so well on you also!

    • Lea
      October 29, 2020 at 6:17 am

      I am exactly the same! I have tired lots of different creams etc and found one I was okay with (dream cream by lush) then for some reason used it on my new forearm tattoo and had a reaction to the dream cream, then used stories and ink after care and had a reaction to that too! I was at a complete loss as I wasn’t sure what I could use (even coco butter by palmers gives me a rash and makes my itchy) so I tired coconut oil and omg, it doesn’t give me and red itchy rash the moment I put it on like the others does! I’m so glad I came across this as I was at a complete loss with what to put on it during the healing stage.

  8. November 28, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi all, I just got a tattoo done in Bali, was a little silly as its so hot and not able to go into the sea!!! However the design was so beautiful I couldn’t resist! He applied coconut oil and I’ve had 0 pain….. All seems to be healing well although I’m still scared as it was my first tattoo….. For how many days should I apply the coconut oil? I had the tattoo done on Monday evening and it’s now Saturday… Should I continue to use up the oil I have? What’s the main point, just to not let the tattoo get too dry? Sorry for sounding so immature! Thank you

    • November 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm


      You can use coconut oil on the tattoo for as many days as you would like during the healing process. The coconut oil does help moisturize the area, can prevent the tattoo from peeling, and also keeps a vibrant color to the tattoo. You can definitely keep using coconut oil on your tattoo to help prevent any of the issues mentioned.

      Glad to hear you have had good success with it!

  9. December 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I stumbled on your post as I was searching google for the benefits of coconut oil for tattoo healing. Thank you for posting! It is amazing to see how well coconut oil works to keep bacteria and itching in check and let the body naturally heal after a tattoo. We have had so many happy customers who see the benefit of a natural alternative to tattoo aftercare and we hope that others will continue to give coconut oil a try! I just heard from a customer of ours today. She said, “I love the product! I just got a huge leg tattoo that was very tight until I started using your Tattube that I first got at ink ink. It has kept it scab free and makes any itching stop instantly.” This is truly the power of coconut oil! Thanks for posting and keep up the great work!

  10. Jordan
    January 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I havent gotten a tatto in a few years and sort of forgot the healing process since as of whats normal or not. I thought i had a little thing of aquaphor but turns ou no. So i put organic coconut oil on before researching it. Im glad to hear that its worked ok for others, though i just wanted the itching to stop. I have noticed though, while using the coconut oil that it still has scabbed a little but the color looks a little blistery. I havent noticed and color not sticking but i just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this while using coconut oil to help heal and if anyones color hasnt stuck becuase of it..thanks

    • January 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm


      Thank you for sharing your experience! I did not experience this when using coconut oil for my tattoo, mine actually appeared brighter in color. Glad to hear that it helped with moisturizing!

  11. Roz
    February 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Great to know. I just got my first tattoo and it’s been a challenging heal.
    I wanted to look up coconut oil and double check before trying.
    Another great use for coconut oil is oil pulling for teeth. Swish a teaspoon of coconut oil for 10 – 15 minutes a back especially if you can manage just before brushing. Spit and brush regularly. I’ve reversed cavities it works amazingly well!

  12. Roz
    February 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Great to know. I just got my first tattoo and it’s been a challenging heal.
    I wanted to look up coconut oil and double check before trying.
    Another great use for coconut oil is oil pulling for teeth. Swish a teaspoon of coconut oil for 10 – 15 minutes a day especially if you can manage just before brushing. Spit and brush regularly. I’ve reversed cavities it works amazingly well!

    • March 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm


      We are so happy to hear that you were willing to try coconut oil for tattoo healing – we hope that it helped! LOVE oil pulling as well! So many great uses for coconut oil, we can’t get enough 🙂

  13. Aashish
    June 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

    mam plz help me today i got a new tattoo on my wrist .now i m so confused because i don’t know how much time i use coconut oil in a day and in what quantity plz rply me and other people also said various ways for tattoo which should i use ???

  14. legan
    June 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I am an essential oiler. I only use very high quality oils I mixed coconut oil with tea tree oil, helichrysum and lavender coconut oil for healing . tea tree oil for anti bacterial properties and Helichrysum also for anti bacterial. apply a small amount 4 times a day and blot after about a minute because oils are absorbed by then

    • June 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm


      Thank you for the insight and tips! Coconut oil is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, which would give a 3x natural anti-bacterial combination with all ingredients 🙂

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Hello I am a newby oilier and I was wondering how many parts of coconut oil to how many drops of each essential oil? I guss it would be the mis ratio? Thank you for your post!

  15. Allison
    August 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Hello all! I’ve used Virgin Coconut Oil on all of my large major pieces as a natural cleanser and as a moisturizer! I figured since it was antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral it would be fine for total tattoo care & I was right! No swelling, minor peeling, very minor itching and vibrant gorgeous color! It’s the only way to go in my opinion! It’s also a natural SPF 4 so I also cleanse and moisturize all of my pieces for daily care! Best decision I’ve ever made! Start it as soon as you pull your plastic wrap off! I have and it’s never led me astray!

    • August 10, 2016 at 9:31 am


      We are so happy to hear that you have had such a great experience with using coconut oil for tattoo healing! 🙂

  16. sherri
    August 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    another positive thing about coconut oil is that it is a natural sunscreen! 🙂 I’d say keep using coconut oil, even after it heals.

  17. Christine
    September 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I just got my first tattoo last week. I’m a coconut oil fan anyway… Been using it for years. I mixed up some coconut oil, tea tree oil and lavender and have been using it for my aftercare moisturizer after I wash with ivory soap. So far so good. Not only does the tea tree oil and coconut oil have antibacterial properties…. the lavender will help with pain since it’s a natural analgesic. So far my tattoo is five days old and no itching…. and the pain is subsiding pretty fast…. hope this helps.

  18. Vivien Hubbard
    October 26, 2016 at 12:58 am

    My question is…do you use pure cold pressed fractionated coconut oil? Or the organic from a jar you cook with? I have both.

    • October 28, 2016 at 10:57 am


      We use Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil that is from the jar.

  19. Rheaze
    November 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I just had my tattoo done 16 hrs ago.. can i use Virgin coconut oil right away? As in now? I know the benifits that Vco can give. My mom and dad are using and drinking it for along time now. They even let my daughter drink it as vitamins. im not sure if this would help if i use it right after the session. Thank in advance. Hope to hear from you..

  20. Ava
    March 15, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I got my tattoo 5 days ago the second day my tatto began to smell like stinky feet no swelling or fever just weird smell i keep cleaning in 2 times a day and use aquaphor but it’s still the same the smell didn’t change for the 5th day i use coconut oil ang less than a day the snell is gone!

  21. March 23, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I have used raw, extra virgin, coconut oil for all of my tattoos. I am currently working on building a sleeve, and I went in for another piece only a week after the previous one, and my artist was absolutely shocked at how vibrant and healed my tattoo was. He asked me if I had just been following his instructions, and I said not at all. He texted me just the other day and said he had been using coconut oil on his new piece and was loving it. Coconut oil is a tattoos best friend. It keeps the ink looking super fresh and vibrant as well. I highly suggest using it!

    • April 11, 2017 at 11:07 am

      We are so glad that it has helped! It’s amazing how much it helps with the vibrancy also!

  22. Jojo
    May 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    When do i start using coconut oil from the day it was tattoed?

  23. Wendy
    August 20, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I’ve just got a new tattoo and coconut oil was recommended as after care but weve been told not to use for 3 days. Is this right it seems a long time ?

  24. Randi
    October 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    This is my 5th day having my tattoo can i use coconut oil while its peeling or can i use jergnes ultra healing lotion.. im stuck between these too…

  25. Kitz zie
    August 25, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    i got my 4th tattoo 4days ago..and i noticed some sign of infection..i hurry google some info and i saw in a post that VCO vrgin coconut oil will help to get rid of itch and infection.. i tried it right away and its my 3rd application and i already saw the changes.. less pain due to itching and that sunburn feeling was totaly gone!!! will use vco until my tattoo completely heal..

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