People around the world are receiving tattoos and permanent makeup procedures, and while they are beautiful, these people know the pain of having ink inserted into the skin using tiny needles.

Numbing creams are often used during these procedures but that insensible feeling only lasts for so long before discomfort, redness, and irritation kick in for days and even weeks after the procedure. Bryce Cleveland, founder, and CEO of Scalpa, has created a product to help ease this discomfort while also brightening the tattoo and helping to moisturize during the healing process.

As someone who is covered from head to toe in tattoos and who works in the permanent makeup industry, Cleveland understands how important it is to take care of your new tattoo. Easing discomfort, reducing redness, and moisturizing are all essential after one of these procedures he says.

Scalpa Prodigy Aftercare Hemp Balm contains all of these factors with the added benefits of making colors really ‘pop.’ There are other products on the market such as Mad Rabbit Tattoo Balm that contain similar attributes but lack some key ingredients that make this product really stand out. We are going to compare these two products to see exactly how beneficial they are in terms of aiding the tattoo aftercare process.

Both of these products are packed with moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter and cocoa butter. Keeping a new tattoo moisturized is important as it becomes irritated and is more prone to scabbing, which can lead to scarring and loss of pigment.

Mad Rabbit Tattoo Balm only contains 7 ingredients in total including shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, calendula, sweet almond oil, lavender, frankincense, and cucumber. Listed on the Mad Rabbit Tattoo site says, “we meticulously hand selected natural ingredients, so you can enjoy their benefits while they work in harmony to truly transform your tattoos.” These ingredients contain anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin E, and mostly moisturization.

Scalpa Prodigy Hemp Balm contains more ingredients than Mad Rabbit’s, most of which all have additional benefits including intense moisturization, an abundance of antioxidants, and vitamins. While the ingredients in both of these products are alike with similar effects, Scalpa Prodigy contains one main ingredient that makes a huge difference in tattoo aftercare. That ingredient is hemp oil.

Hemp oil is gaining popularity in skincare and medicinal products as it contains potent anti-inflammatory properties like fatty acids and antioxidants. These factors are thought to help reduce symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions, dryness, itchiness, and even pain.

Hemp oil has been used in a variety of products for treating acne and skin conditions to even claiming to treat cancer and diseases. While these claims haven’t been proven with clinical research, some studies suggest that hemp oil may be able help with anti-inflammatory and other skin conditions.

Some of the most common hemp oil products claim to help acne, eczema, psoriasis, pain, the immune system, sleeplessness, joint pain, and overall wellness. The Scalpa Prodigy Hemp Balm is the first hemp product designed for tattoo aftercare and has 4.9/5 stars on Amazon. Users of Scalpa Prodigy Hemp Balm have had nothing but compliments of the product saying it is “smooth”, “helps pigment retention”, “moisturizing”, and even “less scabbing during the healing process.”