TATTOO AFTERCARE

So you’ve just gotten a tattoo, or, are doing research on tattoos.

First thing you need to know is; a tattoo is an open wound. Ink is being inserted under the skin using groupings of needles to create that beautiful tattoo you have on your body. Now that you know what a tattoo is, you can understand why you need to take certain steps to heal it.

As open wound, your body’s natural response to any wound or trauma to the skin is to heal itself.

This healing period entails:

Minor inflammation for the first 24hrs, scabbing, itching, natural peeling of scabs, skin weeping and of dryness to the area.

All these combined can make the first few days of a tattoo feel like a hassle, but the healing period is the most important time after you get your new tattoo. Picking scabs or over saturating with ointment can make your tattoo heal patchy, this is why we recommend using a healing ointment during this period of time.

Healing ointments we recommend are;

Aquaphor, Hustle butter, or recovery aftercare, Lubriderm.

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY OILS FOR AFTERCARE SUCH AS; BABY OIL, COCONUT OIL, HEMP OIL, TEA TREE OIL, VITAMIN E etc.

HEALING YOUR TATTOO WITH OINTMENT

Here are the steps you should take to heal your tattoo using an ointment.

  1. After an hour remove your bandaging that was placed by your artist. Gently clean the tattoo with a mild soap (unscented) and water.
  2. Apply the ointment of your choice based on the information your artist gave you. Smaller tattoos only need a dime size of ointment 3-5 times daily. A larger tattoo (palm size or larger) can require a dollar quarter size of ointment. Apply a thin layer of ointment directly to your tattoo. Any excess ointment can be cleaned with a paper towel. Over the next few days, it is normal to see discharge from the tattoo that is watery in texture or even looks like ink; as our body heals ink into the skin it may discharge some of this ink as well as blood and plasma. This is part of our bodies natural response to healing the open wound a new tattoo causes.
  3. Keep the area clean of any dirt, debris, chlorinated water, hot tubs, lakes, baths and pet hair.
  4. When the scabs completely peel, your skin should feel smooth and with no obvious open wounds, this means your tattoo is healed. You can continue any activities that were limited while your tattoo was healing .

If your tattoo has faded spots, small imperfections or you aren’t completely satisfied with your tattoo, reach out and we’ll be happy to help out in anyway we can.


HEALING YOUR TATTOO WITH A TATTOO BANDAGE

Here are steps to heal your tattoo using a tattoo bandage such as (Sandierm, Tattoo Derm, Second Skin)

  1. Keep bandage on tattoo for 3-5 days as directed by your artist. Some tattoos require a longer period of time with the tattoo bandage than others.
  2. Keep bandage dry, it can get wet while in the shower, but you should NOT allow it to soak. This bandage is water proof for showering, but not water resistant to submerging or soaking.
  3. Remove tattoo bandage after 3-5 days in the shower as water will help remove the adhesive.
  4. Use un-scented lotion for the following 2 weeks to help heal the tattooed area. Do not allow tattooed area to be in direct sunlight for the first 2 weeks, use sunscreen when you will be in direct sunlight.

Whether you are healing your tattoo with an ointment or Saniderm (tattoo bandage) you need to take care of the skin to help it recoup from the trauma of getting tattooed. This means being gentle with your skin and remembering to moisturize as a daily skin moisturizer will help heal the skin in the long term and produce a better healed tattoo.

We are body artist, and not medical professionals. If you suspect your tattoo is infected, have an allergic reaction or painful after it’s healed we always suggest you see your primary care provider.