Remove bandage after 2 hours. It may stay on longer, but no less. If the bandage sticks, soak it with water so that it doesn’t pull off the ink. If you have a tape sensitivity, rub an alcohol pad over the tape portion only (This will help loosen the tape adhesive and make the removal less painful and decrease the chance of skin damage)
Wash the tattoo with a liquid antibacterial soap. Then rinse with cool water to soothe the burn. Pat dry with clean paper towel.
Let your new tattoo dry out for 1-2 days before applying ointment. Do not wait for it to start scabbing. This will help with healing. However- it is important to wash regularly. Avoid getting the tattoo too wet and remember to pat dry.
When it’s time to apply ointment we suggest Aquaphor made by Eucerne (found in the lotion isle.)
Ointment or lotions should be applied evenly and very thin (RUBBEDIN THOROUGHLY) at least twice a day. More if needed. This will last until tattoo feels like normal skin again, typically 7 to 14 days.
Important things to remember while the TATTOO is healing:
DO NOT: Go tanning or expose tattoo to direct sunlight
DO NOT: Soak the tattoo in water (No baths, no hot tubs, no pools, no oceans, no rivers, no lakes)
DO NOT: Scratch or pick…. It will produce scaring
DO: Use common sense and keep it clean and moist.
You’ve just received a tattoo by a trained artist. Now it is up to you to take appropriate care of your tattoo during the critical healing period.
If you have any questions or comments during the healing of your tattoo, please contact your licensed Tattooist.
DO NOT use ANY product marked “For External Use Only” including, but not limited to, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, lidocaine (e.g. Bactine), triple antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin), antiseptic (e.g. Betadine/Hibiclens etc.).
Use products that will not irritate the piercing and will facilitate fast healing, such as:
A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap-preferably anti-microbial or germicidal.
Packaged sterile saline solution with NO additives like “Wound Wash” or a non-iodized sea salt mixture:
Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate your piercing.
Wash your hands before cleaning your piercing! Use the cleaning solution(s) recommended for your piercing for the *entire* healing time. Do this even if the piercing looks or feels healed sooner.
Do not move the piercing jewelry when the site is crusty; it does more harm to the piercing site than good.
Do not play with the new piercing, physical irritation is the worst!
When clothing is in contact with the piercing, make sure it is clean and loose.