Standard tattoo aftercare:
- Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap *
- Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap
- Burt's Bees Milk and Shea Butter Hand Soap
- Hustle Butter Deluxe *
- CerVe Fragrance-free lotion
- Aveeno Fragrance-free lotion
- Curèl Fragrance-free lotion
First, wash your hands, and then remove your bandage within an hour after the completion of your tattoo. Wash the tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and cool water using only your clean hands. Pat dry with a clean paper towel (NEVER use a rag or bath towel - even after being washed they can harbor harmful bacteria). Do not apply a moisturizer after the first wash - let the tattoo breathe and dry.
After the second wash, and only after the tattoo is fully dry, apply your aftercare product (tattoo product or basic fragrance-free lotion. BE SPARING! A little goes a long way. Be sure to rub the lotion or tattoo aftercare product into the skin until fully absorbed - wipe any excess with a clean paper towel or the back of your clean hand.
Be sure to care for your tattoo responsibly and repeat this process 2-3 times a day for 2-3 weeks. Additional washes may be necessary depending on your daily activities. Healing time is determined by many factors from colorwork, linework, black and gray, size, location, and your immune system. The average time is approximately 3-5 weeks. Mild redness, discomfort, and swelling is normal for the first few days and should improve day by day – not get worse!
Things to keep in mind:
- AVOID sunlight!
- NO beach, NO pool, NO sand, NO saltwater! If you must be near these conditions, be sure to cover your tattoo with light and breathable clothing.
- NEVER use petroleum-based products like A&D or Aquaphor!
- NEVER use Neosporin or Triple Anti-biotic ointments!
- RESIST picking or scratching your tattoo!
- DO NOT let people/pets touch your tattoo!
Signs of infection (If any of these occur, do not hesitate to go see a doctor!):
- Redness, swelling, and pain that does not reduce or improve after first few days.
- Tattooed skin feeling hot to the touch – like a fever. Will be hotter than surrounding skin.
- Red lines extending outward from the tattoo.
- Rashes: they can appear zit-like or bumpy.
- Open lesions and ulcers on or near the tattooed area.
- Draining pus from tattooed area.
Tegaderm/Saniderm Bandage Aftercare:
You will leave the studio with a clear bandage that you will be leaving on for 5-7 days. Depending on the size, location, and style of tattoo you've gotten, your artist may request for you to return the next day for a bandage change. The Tegaderm/Saniderm should be left on for no less than 5 days and no more than 7 days. If the bandage barrier is compromised, it is imperative that you remove it and proceed to following standard tattoo aftercare; leaking fluids, tears and/or rips, and or peeling away to the extent that the tattoo is exposed requires immediate removal. Tegaderm/Saniderm can get wet - but take care to not soak or submerge the bandage. Much like standard aftercare, avoid direct sunlight, tanning, and swimming during early healing stages. If you develop a rash around the perimeter of the bandage, you may be allergic to the adhesive - remove the bandage and follow standard aftercare.
Again, if you have any concerns or questions regarding your tattoo and healing, please contact me! I'm happy to help!