SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO
These aftercare suggestions are based on years of professional experience, common sense, worldwide research, and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. What we suggest you do, is how we heal our tattoos.
**If you are considering a tattoo and suffer from any serious medical condition, please consult your physician prior to having any work done**
1. A new tattoo is an open wound and is the most vulnerable to infection during the first few days. Keep it out of direct sunlight, don't let animals crawl all over it, and don't fully submerge it in bodies of water.
2. Gently wash the tattooed area 2-3 times a day. The best times to wash your new tattoo are in the morning when you get up, at night before you go to bed and maybe a time in between, if needed. Washing your tattoo 4+ times a day will only slow the healing and cause damage to your tattoo, while not washing at all will lead to infection and scabs. Balance!
3. Use plenty of warm water and a gentle soap that doesn't contain colors or fragrances, such as Ivory or Dove soap. Wash with clean hands and fingertips only. Washcloths or loofahs will damage a tattoo.
4. Rinse your new tattoo completely with cold water to close the skin and seal the tattoo.
5. Gently dab the area dry with a fresh paper towel and then immediately and evenly apply a *minimal* amount of either Aquaphor or Vitamins A+D ointment to the tattoo. This will moisten, protect, and speed the healing process of the tattoo. A very light shine is good. If it looks wet, sticks to or stains clothing, it’s too much.
6. After a few days, the tattoo will begin to flake and peel. After this stage starts, it usually takes 1-2 days before the flaking subsides. Be sure not to pick or pull any flakes off of your tattoo as this may pull out ink. This flaking stage happens after a thin layer of new skin has grown over most of the ink in the tattoo. After flaking, the skin will appear shiny and scaly for 2-3 weeks afterwards, but is no longer an open wound.
7. Now your tattoo is sealed and mostly healed! At this point it's time to rebuild your skin over your tattoo.
8. Continue to wash your tattoo 1-2 times a day, but switch from ointment to a gentle, color and fragrance-free lotion, such as Aveeno or Cetaphil.
9. Continue to apply lotion your tattoo after washing for the next 2-3 weeks and your tattoo will be fully healed!
Please let us know if you have any questions!
*Remember to always wash your tattoo before applying any new ointment or lotion. Failing to do so, or applying too much, can result in clogged pores and a 'zitty' outbreak around and over an area.
*If your tattoo is oozing after washing it, gently dab that away with a paper towel to prevent those fluids (lymph, plasma and blood) from forming a scab. This may occur the first couple of days and is normal.
*It’s OK and normal for your tattoo to feel a little itchy, dry or tight between washes.
*To keep your tattoo looking bright and vibrant for years to come, keep it out of the sun! Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will ruin tattoos. A high caliber sunscreen will help reduce the effects.
Do not use cloth or bath towels to dry your tattoo as they may harbor bacteria and leave lint or other debris. A clean and single-use paper towel is best, especially the first few days.
Do not over apply ointment! Thin coats are best. A light shine is fine, but it shouldn’t look wet or streaky. Be sure to wipe away all excess ointment to avoid ingrown hairs or clogged pores in the area.
Do not use antibiotic/antibacterial products such as Neosporin, Bacitracin, Polysporin, or Dial on a fresh tattoo. *They can weaken your immune system and promote the development of ultra resistant strains of bacteria, like MRSA.
Do not re-bandage your tattoo! Loose and clean cotton clothing is best to cover the area when sleeping or working or protecting a tattoo from the sun or animal dander, for example. While showering is OK, be sure not to fully submerge your tattoo into bodies of water such as pools, hot tubs, lakes, or big puddles.
Please call or message us if you have any questions! We'd rather take the time to give you the advice twice than have you consult someone on the street who just got a tattoo out of a kitchen or garage.