Aftercare for tattoos are very important to secure the longevity of a tattoo so please read carefully!
The first 72 hrs are the most important time to pay attention to aftercare, because your tattoo is most prone to infection. I bandage all my tattoos with Saniderm, a clear film bandage that is used for medical treatment on cuts and burns. Clients should leave this on their tattoo for at least 24 hrs, and up to 72 hrs. It will keep your tattoo protected from dirt and other contaminants. Your bandage will be fine in the shower, and morph to your skin for a tight seal. You may notice some ink or blood under your bandage, that is totally normal! It may not be super attractive but it’s totally normal.
When it’s time to take the bandage off, the best way to do it is in the shower, or running it under warm water to first release the adhesive and prevent from pulling on your skin which can cause irritation.
When your bandage is off you will want to wash it gently with soap and water 1-2 times a day (more if you workout frequently or if you work in an environment that surrounds you with excess contaminants). After washing apply ointment of your choosing. Vaseline, or Aquifer work just fine, or feel free to try any natural tattoo salves, or coconut oil. When choosing to use natural products please be sure to read labels and make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed. Continue this method for about 5-7 days after your tattoo at minimum, healing will be different for every tattoo.
Thing to avoid when taking care of your tattoo:
Do not SCRUB your tattoo area
Do not use soaps or ointments that have “Fragrances” in them, including lotion. (for example “rose fragrance”) These artificial fragrances tend to pull the ink out of your skin.
Do not over saturate your tattoo! Your tattoo does not need to be cakes in ointments, that is actually not good for it. Please apply throughout the day as needed, but to not heavily coat it once and expect that to take care of you for the rest of the day.
Do not use products like Neosporin. These products also tend to take draw the ink out of the skin and will leave your tattoo patchy.
Do no pick at your tattoo! (I know its tempting but it could cause scare tissue, or patchy tattoos)
Do not swimming, this includes pools, the ocean, rivers, lakes, rivers, YOUR BATHTUB! Submerging the tattoo in water for extended amounts of time leaves it open for infection, and can draw out ink from your tattoo. Wait at least 7 days to submerge your tattoo in any body of water. Showering is totally fine!
Do not garden incase you are allergic to any pollen or air contaminants, you are even susceptible to bugs etc, that can be harmful for your tattooed area.
Do not allow your pets or other animals in have contact with your tattoo. Don’t lets your dogs, cats, or mini horses, lick or scratch your tattoo. Your pets usually want to help you out bc you have an open wound, but keep it to yourself, and if they touch it wash it immediately. We love our animals but they are usually covered in germs and contaminates we don’t usually thing about. And obviously if you are allergic to said animal you want to avoid their presents and presents around your tattoo!
Don’t Panic! These are the signs of a healing tattoo:
A little bit of redness
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION INDICATING THE NEED TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE. Redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site. I have read this body art consent/medical questionnaire release form and agree to its terms.