Tattoo Care

How do I take care of my tattoo?

Bandage

KEEP IT ON! The bandage protects you from airborne bacteria for at least 1 hour, but no more than 2 hours after the bandage is placed.

Wash and Treat

Wash your tattoo after removing the bandage using lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or anti microbial soap. Do not use harsh soaps like Dial. You want to wash away the extra ointment, blood and/or plasma. Do not rub using wash cloth or anything abrasive, use your hand.
After the wash you want to pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Following the drying process, use A&D vitamin enriched ointment only for the first 2-3 days, then your choice of either a fragrant free moisturizer hand lotion or baby lotion, aloe vera, cocoa butter 3-4 times a day for over 2-3 weeks. Stay away of using Vaseline or any petroleum contained ointment.
**Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**

Showering, Hot Tubs and Swimming

You can shower as usual, just make sure you do not soak the entire area. Avoid baths, hot tubs and swimming for at least 2-3 weeks.

Scabbing and Peeling

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly-done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and there is no need to panic. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab – wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don’t pick, and don’t scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!

Tattoo Protection

After your tattoo is healed you always want to protect it against UV rays that includes, sun and tanning beds. These ultraviolet rays will fade and damage a brilliant bright tattoo. Use 30SPF sun block at minimum to protect your new tattoo, be sure to re-apply if you’re in the sun all day.

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