TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
How you take care of your tattoo will directly determine how your tattoo will look when it's healed. A tattoo is for life, so take the time to help it heal properly.
PRODUCTS YOU MAY NEED: (see photos)
• A mild soap such as Dial Gold (or any other soap that contains no dyes, perfumes or fragrances)
• Ointments A&D, Aquaphor, Hustle Butter or Tattoo Goo (other brands are ok)
• Unscented white lotion such as Lubriderm, Aveeno, Jergens.
• Bactine (reduces swelling and discomfort)
• Speed Numb (numbing cream)
1. Wash your tattoo each day.
Gently Wash the tattoo using your fingertips or hands only. Using a mild soap and cool to warm water, take care to gently remove all traces of blood and/or plasma, residual body fluids cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo during your healing period. Gently pat the tattoo dry with paper towel or just let it air dry. (do not use towels or washcloths on your tattoo as they can harbor bacteria.)
2. Apply ointments and lotions as needed.
Apply a small amount of ointment to your tattoo; only enough to where it will completely rub in with no excess, a little bit goes a long way. Always wash your tattoo before applying. Apply ointment or lotion for the next 2 weeks or until fully healed.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
• It is normal for your skin to form a protective layer over your tattoo. However, if you over moisturize or do not moisturize enough, a thick hard scab may form that may crack when you move. It is important
to try to avoid this kind of scab through proper washing and moisturizing. Moisturizing is a personal balance that can be different for each individual. Be sure to wear loose fitting clothing.
• When your tattoo is healing your body will form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it heals. This layer peels off very similar to sunburn Do not pick at your tattoo or purposely try to make it peel while it heals. It will ruin your tattoo. It is normal to see small flakes of colored skin peeling falling off during this stage of healing.
• Some people may also experience some heavier layers of buildup or scabbing. When dealing with scabs cut back on the lotion and make sure you do not scratch or pick at the scabs.
• It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during healing, sometimes gently slapping or tapping a tattoo can help, do not scratch or pick! Use some Band-Aid Antiseptic for some relief.
• Do not submerge your tattoo in water for at least 2 weeks. This includes swimming in the ocean or a pool, hot tubs, and saunas. Short showers are best, under 10 minutes if possible. Use cold water to close the pores before leaving the shower.
• Avoid sun exposure and tanning until your tattoo is completely healed. Keep in mind that even after healing is complete the sun can and will fade your tattoo over time.
• Avoid touching or rubbing your tattoo against anything dirty. That includes pets.