Your new tattoo should take around a month to fully heal, and during this time, there are some important care guidelines to follow. It's perfectly normal for the tattoo to feel dry, flaky, or itchy, but resist the urge to pick or scratch at it.
Make sure you avoid soaking your tattoo in a bath, lake, pool, hot tub, or sauna until it's fully healed. Also, keep it protected from direct sunlight or exposure to tanning beds.
When it comes to moisturizing your tattoo, less is more. Once you've applied the cream, it shouldn't be visible or even noticeable on your skin. Remember to always wash your hands before you apply lotion and ensure that it's well-rubbed in.
Avoid using any scented lotions or soaps on the tattooed area, and steer clear of wearing tight clothing over it. It's also important to keep your fresh tattoo away from any animals or pet hair.
Don't let anyone touch your tattoo, and make sure you only touch it with clean hands. The only time you should be touching it is when you're washing it or applying lotion. And remember, keep your tattoo away from any dirty surfaces.
Lastly, refrain from any heavy workouts or excessive sweating for at least two weeks following your tattoo application. All of these steps are crucial in ensuring your tattoo heals properly.
SECOND SKIN (TAGADERM/SANIDERM)
Leave clear second skin bandage on for four to six days. You will notice ink/blood/plasma pooling under the bandage, and that will make your tattoo look blurred - do not freak out. That is normal and part of the healing process. Once you remove the second skin, your tattoo will be fine underneath.
Do not submerge your tattoo in water: no baths, swimming, hot tubs, or saunas.
Do not work out or do any activities that involve excessive sweating. If sweat gets trapped underneath the second skin, remove it and follow the Traditional Aftercare below.
When removing the bandage, gently and slowly lift one corner, allowing lukewarm water between your skin and the bandage. Peel the second skin back onto itself to avoid pulling or stretching the skin. You will likely see pigment and dead skin on the bandage which is completely normal.
Wash gently with non-scented soap and pat dry with a paper towel. Apply a thin layer of non-scented lotion (Lubriderm) twice per day 2 for 10-14 days and when the tattoo is feeling dry and tight.
If any adhesive is left behind after removal, do not force it off. It will come off on its own after a few washes.
If your blood/plasma leak out of the bandage during the healing process, contact me so we can apply a new bandage.
If you notice irritation on the skin around the bandage, peel the bandage off and follow the Traditional Aftercare instructions below.
Remove your bandage after four hours (DO NOT exceed 8 hours).
Wash your hands before touching your fresh tattoo and wash your tattoo with unscented soap, patting dry with a paper towel.
Wash every day when you take a shower or when you think the tattoo has been exposed to dirt or pets. We recommend washing two times per day: in the morning and just before bed.
Let your tattoo dry out for the first 24 hours of the application of the tattoo. After, apply unscented lotion 2 times a day for 10-14 days.