From this point on, your tattoo artist is no longer responsible for any infections or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it.
It is very important that you follow these guidelines since your tattoo is an open wound.
The Bandage and Washing
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo to keep airborne bacteria from invading your wound.
Leave the bandage on for a maximum of one hour.
Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection and you don’t want to leave it covered for too long.
Your skin is now working to seal the scar; you will notice a small amount of blood and plasma at the surface of your skin when you remove the bandage.
After washing your hands, use lukewarm water and antibacterial unscented soap to gently wash away any ointment, plasma, or blood away, to completely clean the area. Dial Gold makes an antibacterial unscented soap and your artist will have aftercare available to purchase as supplies last.
Wash your tattoo immediately after removing the bandage.
Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive, you may use your fingertips to wash your tattoo.
Make sure to use a clean paper towel to gently pat the area dry. Since paper towels are disposable it is the cleanest way to dry your tattoo.
Wash again before bed.
Wash and Treat morning and at night for the next 2 to 3 weeks or until healed (twice daily)
You may start to use a non-scented white lotion after the first few days as needed, do not use too much or use too often this can hurt your tattoo.
Yes, you should shower with a new tattoo! If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, remove it quickly with water but don’t let the shower head hit it directly.
Fragrance Free Lotions
After 3-4 days you may start applying a LIGHT, even coat of unscented lotion. Apply lotion as needed or twice daily for the next 7-10 days, using too much or applying too often can hurt your tattoo.
Wash the area before reapplying lotion, follow with drying the tattoo, you don’t want to put lotion on a wet scab. Sometimes its best to follow your scheduled twice daily washings with the application of your lotion so you do not over wash your tattoo in a day as this can lead to dryness or irritation.
We recommend Eucerin or Lubriderm fragrance free lotions.
Wash your hands every time before removing your bandage / washing your tattoo / applying aftercare.
Scabbing and Peeling
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly scabbing. You will also begin to itch, just like when a sunburn starts to heal.
DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH
If you notice you have not started peeling within the first few days, you may be applying too much lotion; you only need a very small amount to barely cover your tattoo.
Absolutely NO petroleum based ointments: Aquaphor, Vaseline, Neosporin, A&D, or anything scented.
Protection from the Sun
Keep your tattoo out of the sun for or at least 2 weeks.
You can wear loose clothing to cover it, but you don’t want the sunlight hitting it directly.
More things to avoid
Bathing, hot tubs, swimming, and working out.
Submerging. swimming, or soaking your tattoo in a bath, hot tub, or body of water, can cause serious damage and should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks.
Avoid any activity that causes you to sweat, like exercising or being out in the sun. Sweat over a new tattoo can cause serious damage.
Keep your tattoo clean!
Anything it touches should be clean, like bed sheets and clothing. Keep your tattoo away from pets, dander, dirt or public surfaces.
After your Tattoo has healed
Protect your tattoo with a minimum of 30SPF sun block.
If you have any other questions do not ever hesitate to ask :)