The moment you leave the tattoo shop you Are responsible for giving your new tattoo the care it needs to heal properly. How well your tattoo heals will determine how well your tattoo ages over the years. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth, easy healing process.
Right after you get tattooed:
- Wash your hands and remove the bandage 1-2 hours after getting tattooed
- Wash the tattoo gently with warm water and UNSCENTED antibacterial soap (Dial Gold, Dove, etc.) removing any residual ointment, ink, blood, plasma, etc.
It is encouraged to shower when you get home from your tattoo session and shower regularly making sure you use unscented soaps on the tattoo area gently
Let the tattoo air dry for 5-10 minutes
- Gently apply a VERY VERY THIN layer of PLAIN UNSCENTED lotion (Lubriderm, Cetaphil, Aveeno, etc.)
The first few days after getting tattooed:
- Continue cleaning the tattoo with unscented soapy water and applying a thin layer of lotion 4-6 times throughout the day as needed
- Avoid wearing any tight fitting clothes that may rub against the tattoo
- Avoid going to the gym or anywhere where your tattoo is at risk of coming in contact with any dirty bacteria
5-7 days after getting tattooed:
- Continue cleaning the tattoo with unscented soapy water and applying a thin layer of lotion 2-3 times throughout the day as needed
- Your tattoo should start peeling and sometimes scabbing. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT THE DRY PEELING SKIN/SCABS
- You can gently pat your tattoo (with clean hands) to relieve any itching
2-4 weeks after getting tattooed:
- Your tattoo should be just about done peeling. It will go through a dry/shiny looking phase, and will be back to normal after 2-4 weeks. At this point your tattoo should be healed all the way.
- Keep your tattoo clean
- Keep your tattoo moisturized (as long as its a VERY THIN LAYER of lotion so it can still breathe)
- Shower regularly
- Avoid exposure to the sun while your tattoo is healing
- Apply sunscreen to your healed tattoos when going outside to help prevent fading
- Go in a bath, pool, hot tub, lake, or anywhere your tattoo will be submerged under water while your tattoo is healing
- Touch your tattoo with dirty unwashed hands
- Pick, scratch, rub, scrape do anything to cause excess friction to your tattoo
- Ignore my aftercare instructions because your friend who got tattooed once or twice is an expert all of a sudden and wants to tell you a better way to take care of it
If you have any questions or concerns about how your tattoo is healing, or how to take care of your tattoo, contact me and I will get back to you promptly.