Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
You have been tattooed by a trained professional tattoo artist. Care has been taken to keep the tattooing environment clean and equipment sterile. We use the finest pigments available. Your tattoo aftercare is absolutely crucial to the final condition of your tattoo. Aftercare is solely your responsibility. The final product rests in your hands; take care of it. Follow these aftercare instructions.
IMPORTANT REQUIRED INFORMATION: Seek medical attention if the site becomes infected or painful or if you develop a fever soon after being tattooed.
A sterile clear bandage has been applied to your tattoo. It is imperative that you keep this on for a minimum of 12 hours, and up to 24 hours to prevent germs from entering the compromised skin while it heals.
You will need:
Aquaphor Healing Ointment/ Tattoo Goo
Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion
Liquid Soap, like Liquid Dial
The Cleaning Process
As soon as you remove your bandage, you will need to immediately wash your tattoo with liquid soap. You will not want to use a washcloth to wash it. Just use clean hands. You will need to wash it about four or five times or until it no longer feels slimy. The soap will probably sting a bit as you wash your new tattoo. It doesn’t matter though, you will still need to wash it completely, 4 to 5 times as soon as you remove the bandage.
- Pat your tattoo dry with a towel.
- Allow your tattoo to air dry for fifteen minutes before applying any ointment to it.
- Apply a very, very thin layer of Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Tattoo Goo to your tattoo after it has been allowed to air dry. Do not apply too much. In order to avoid a touch up, keep the layer of ointment that is applied to the tattoo as thin as humanly possible.
- Repeat this process 3 to 4 times daily for the entire healing period.
The First Few Days
You will experience some oozing the first few days. When this happens, you will need to wash it according to the steps outlined in the cleaning process above. You will be using the Aquaphor Healing Ointment exclusively during this initial healing phase. Your tattoo will peel in 2-4 days. Do not pick it. If you pick it, you risk ruining your tattoo. You must allow the skin to fall away naturally. Your tattoo will stop peeling after about a week. Once the peeling has stopped, you no longer have to apply the Aquaphor Healing Ointment. You can then switch to using the Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion.
The Second Week
After about 7-10 days, when the tattoo has stopped peeling, you should still be keeping the tattoo clean and you should be applying Lubriderm lotion several times a day.
During the Entire Two Week Healing Phase
Keep clothing off of the tattoo as much as possible. Keep all tight clothing away from the tattoo.
No soaking baths.
No hot tubs.
Stay out of the sun.
Do not shave over your tattoo.
Keep your tattoo clean.
Keep your bedding clean.
Keep your clothing clean.
No tanning beds.
Use clean, fresh towels after bathing
It’s important for you to remember, a tattoo is a wound and you have to heal from it. In order to avoid infection and to avoid losing pigment, all these measures should be taken. Seek medical attention if the site becomes infected or painful or if you develop a fever soon after being tattooed.