AFTERCARE

What you need:

- Unscented soap
- Healing ointment (*Aquaphor, shea butter, or coconut oil)
- Unscented lotion

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On the day of you will either be bandaged with Saniderm (clear film) or a black gauze pad. 

Saniderm is directly applied to your tattoo, and may be removed in 24-48 hours.

  • PROS:
    - Saniderm is good for more difficult to heal placements, and/or active or traveling clients.
    - Saniderm is waterproof so you may shower with it on.
  • CONS:
    - If you have sensitive skin, Saniderm may not be the best option for you.
    - Saniderm can be difficult to remove for some
  • Remove Saniderm 24-48 hours after 
  • Slowly peel close to your skin (I recommend doing this in the shower to help loosen adhesive). Wash tattoo with warm water & a drop of gentle unscented soap. Pat dry with a paper towel or napkin. 
  • Make sure your tattoo is completely dry, and apply a very thin layer of healing ointment.  Pat the area with a napkin to soak any excess ointment. Do this step at least 2-3 times a day for the next 3-4 days to keep it well moisturized. 
  • After 3-4 days of using ointment, switch to using an unscented lotion to keep your tattoo moisturized during its last few healing stages. 
  • Expect flaking skin, dryness, peeling and scabbing. Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo - this will result in loss of ink.

Black gauze pads are an alternative bandage. You may choose this bandage if you have had a large tattoo done, or if you have sensitive skin. This bandage will be applied to your tattoo and is to be removed in 3-5 hours followed by washing immediately.

  • PROS:
    - No discomfort in removal, good for large areas
  • CONS:
    - First couple days with your new tattoo exposed means you must be even more cautious about keeping your tattoo clean.
  • Remove bandage same day, after 3-5 hours
  • Wash the ointment off of your tattoo with warm water & a drop of gentle unscented soap. Pat dry with a paper towel or napkin. I recommend letting your tattoo breathe for the rest of the day without the use of ointment. 
  • Next day: Wash in the morning and now apply a thin layer of ointment. Pat the area with a napkin to soak any excess ointment. Do this step at least 2-3 times a day for the next 3-4 days. Avoid tight clothing over your tattoo. 
  • After 3-4 days: Switch to using an unscented lotion to keep your tattoo moisturized during its last few healing stages. 
  • Expect flaking skin, dryness, peeling and scabbing. Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo - this will result in loss of ink.