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Please Read These Aftercare Instructions Carefully
I will have used one of the following to cover your tattoo..
Your bandage helps with the healing of your tattoo. This bandage needs to stay on for at least 24 hours. 3-5 days is perfect. If it's still on after 7 days, please take it off.
If you notice a rash starting, remove your bandage and follow the rest of the steps as normal.
To remove the bandage it's best to take a hot shower to start loosening off the adhesive layer. Then you will want to "stretch" the bandage off (similar to taking a 3M removable sticky hook off the wall).
There will almost definitely be a redness to the skin in the shape of your bandage. This is normal and will fade in a day or two.
Some do react a bit to the bandage. This is likely just going to cause extra itchiness around the tattoo. If you do have this, or any reaction, to the second skin, please remember to let your next tattoo artist know so you can discuss if it's a good idea to use it again or not.
Leave the wrap on for 24 hours if possible.
It will not stick to your skin, so simply remove it before you shower.
Gently wash your tattoo with your bare hand, warm water, and mild soap suds. Do not use a cloth.
DO NOT REBANDANGE.
You can leave the tattoo dry for 8-12 hours, this is optional and may help reduce the initial sting from applying moisturizer.
With clean hands (always), begin moisturizing and plan on applying moisturizer about 3 times a day, depending on your skin needs and how often you must wash the area.
I recommend the use of a gentle moisturizer free from perfumes, dyes, and harsh chemicals.
Avoid the use of Neosporin or other petroleum-based products. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic
reaction to these products, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a splotchy tattoo.
I like to use cacao butter or specific tattoo aftercare lotion. I sometimes have some available for sale in my studio.
Whatever you use to moisturize, you don’t need a lot. If it stings and continues to burn, it’s not the right stuff. Wash it off and find something else.
Do not over-moisturize to the point that your scab/tattoo gets gummy.
Keep your new tattoo out of sunlight and tanning beds until it is healed (2-3 weeks).
Use of sunscreen on your tattoos throughout their life will help keep them looking fresh and crisp. Sun ages our skin, and therefore our tattoos too.
Keep it Dry
Do not soak your tattoo in a tub, sauna, steam room, hot tub, or go swimming while your new tattoo is healing. Showers are fine but do make them quick.
A wet scab comes off easily and will pull ink out with it.
Your handpoked tattoo will likely not itch. Machine tattoos are more prone to itching.
Do not rub, scratch, or pick the tattoo while it is healing. Loss of ink and/or infection could occur.
Again, when washing your tattoo, use just a mild soap and your bare hand then gently pat dry.
If/when it is itchy you can slap or tickle it to get some relief.
Your handpoked tattoo may heal within as little as 1-2 weeks.
Your machine tattoo should heal within 2-3 weeks.
The time it takes to heal depends on the thickness/heaviness of the work and your skin.
When to call a Dr.:
Consult a physician if any of the following signs or symptoms develop: deep or prolonged redness at site, green/yellow discharge (foul smelling) and/or fever. Larger tattoos may cause some prolonged swelling, however, if this swelling is extremely painful and red you should consult a physician.
More notes on Scabbing, Peeling, & Itching
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly done tattoo, but a little is normal and there is no need to panic. Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab - wait for it to dry. Your ink is attached to the scab, if you pick the scab, you pick the ink out too.
You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is not to pick it and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap or tickle it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone or apply a very small amount of lotion. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!