Proper care of your fresh tattoo is crucial to the healing process! Here are general instructions for cleaning your tattoo and keeping it healthy during the first two weeks.
Use only products recommended by your tattoo artist. DO NOT use Vaseline, Noxema, Neosporin, Bactine, etc. on the newly tattooed area - over the counter products were never intended to be used as tattoo aftercare.
The first 72 Hours
It is important to never touch your new tattoo without first washing your hands thoroughly - keep hands off as much as possible.
Remove the bandage or wrapping in a clean, familiar environment
Immediately wash the tattoo with a mild soap. We like Dr. Bronners, but any unscented soap will do! If you don’t have a liquid soap, make sure not to put bar soap directly on the tattoo - lather in your hands
Do not scrub your tattoo. Gently wash any lubricants off of the tattoo using your fingers or palm until the skin no longer feels greasy or slick.
Allow your tattoo to air dry, or very gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel (or clean, disposable paper towel).
Only rebandage your tattoo if advised by the artist.
Make sure that you are sleeping on clean sheets. Keep in mind that ink and fluids may transfer to fabrics - clothing, sheets, etc. in the first couple days of healing.
After 72 Hours
Wait to apply lotion or moisturizer until the tattoo begins to dry out and feel tight - this may take up to a few days as everyone tends to heal at a different rate.
Use an unscented, gentle lotion to moisturize the tattooed area. Using a small amount, rub the lotion gently onto the area. If it looks glossy, you may have applied too much and should wipe away any excess lotion.
Apply the lotion once or twice a day as needed.Make sure you do not over-saturate your new tattoo with lotion or aftercare products! Doing this will only smother your tattoo and be detrimental to healing, as well as prolong healing time.
The tattoo will be itchy, and may flake, some areas may even scab. This is normal!
Do not scratch your pick at your tattoo! This could pull out parts of the tattoo or cause scarring.
Avoid tight and restrictive clothing over your tattoo while it is healing.
Adhesive Bandage Removal
The bandage can stay on for up to 96 hours (four days) - but keep in mind the time frame your artist tells you.
This bandage is breathable and water resistant, so you can shower with it on, work out, etc.
Remove the bandage in the shower under running water, gently peel a corner down, keeping close to the skin. Pulling bandage off quickly may be painful and detrimental to the tattoo!
Wash as per instructed.
* Please be aware that we are not responsible for any infections, scarring, loss of ink, allergies or an inability to heal your tattoo.
** The information contained in this brochure is based on our many years of experience in the tattoo industry and should not be taken as medical advice as we are not physicians or in any way affiliated with the medical industry.
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