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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10 Comments Post a comment

  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. 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!

  5. 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!

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