With that in mind, today we want to share a tattoo aftercare checklist:
Tattoo After Care Checklist1. Remove bandage in a CLEAN bathroom after 2-3 hours. The bandage may be left on overnight if it feels comfortable and secure. If the bandage is removed on the first night, the tattoo may stick to or stain bedsheets. Maintain clean bedding throughout the healing process.
2. After removing the bandage, wash the tattoo immediately with warm water and soap. Avoid soap with fragrances, moisture beads or scrubs.
PROCESS FOR WASHING A FRESH TATTOO:
- Carefully remove bandage and tape
- Make a lather in your hand with soap and warm water
- Gently clean tattoo using a circular motion, until all ointment, blood, and lymphatic fluid is removed
- Rinse the tattoo and wash once again, gently, until the skin is clean
- Dry with a hairdryer on the ‘cool’ setting, or use a clean paper towel to dab the tattoo dry
3. Always make sure your hands are clean when you wash your tattoo. Do not use washcloths, bath towels, bath sponges or loofahs on a fresh tattoo.
4. Once the tattoo is dry apply AQUAPHOR healing ointment, made by Eucerin. Apply a thin layer and rub it in, then dab excess off with a clean paper towel. Use the Aquaphor for the first 2-3 days then switch to a regular fragrance-free lotion such as Lubriderm.
5. Fresh tattoos sometimes “weep” during the first couple of days, meaning that plasma and ink form a thin moist coating on the skin. This can be dabbed with a clean paper towel. Press the paper towel to the skin and remove. Do not wipe the tattoo or be rough with it. Do not panic when you see color from the tattoo on the paper towel, or on your hands as you clean it. This is simply excess ink being ejected from the surface of the skin.
6. Once a day, in the shower, is usually enough cleaning for any new tattoo. Lotion may be applied to the tattoo as it dries out, but if your skin is extremely sensitive, lotion may cause acne-like breakouts.
7. Wear loose, preferably cotton clothing over the fresh tattoo. The tattoo need not be rebandaged except in certain, rare instances. If you choose to re-bandage your tattoo after washing be sure that you only use sterile bandages.
8. After a few days, the tattoo will begin to form flaky scabs that will fall off on their own.
DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH AT YOUR TATTOO.
Keep it moisturized and the scabs will fall off eventually. Once again, they will be the color of the tattoo. It normally takes 2-4 weeks for a tattoo to completely heal. Please do not consult your friends about healing issues, as everyone’s experience is unique. Our artists are more than happy to help with any concerns you might have and you can call us for advice any time.