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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.


Soap: Dial Gold (or any other soap that contains no dyes, perfumes or fragrances)

Ointment: Aquaphor

Lotions: Unscented Lubriderm, Aveeno, Jergens.

• Bactine (reduces swelling and discomfort)

Numbing Creams: Speed Numb, Dr Numb


1. Wash your tattoo each day.

Gently Wash the tattoo using a mild soap and cool to warm water. Remove all traces of blood and/or plasma, residual body fluids. 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 and rub in like a lotion. Do not wrap it after the first 24 hours. Always wash your tattoo before applying. Apply ointment or lotion for the next 2 weeks or until fully healed.



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. 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 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 Aquaphor or Bactine 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.

Avoid sun exposure and tanning until your tattoo is completely healed.

Avoid touching or rubbing your tattoo against anything dirty, including pets.


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