**NOTE: If your artist applied Saniderm, or other "second-skin" product, follow the instructions they gave you. These instructions are for traditional tattoo healing**
Twice a day for the first 3-5 days:
Remove your bandage when you get home, or within a few hours. Wash your hands, then wash your tattoo with a mild liquid soap. Rinse thoroughly. Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Allow your tattoo to air dry until it is completely dry (about 10-20 minutes). When dry, apply a very small amount of healing ointment designed for tattoo care such as Redemption, Hustle Butter or Bacitracin. Rub in completely. Dab off any excess moisture or seepage with a paper towel.
Days 5-14 or once you start to peel:
Wash your tattoo once a day with clean hands. If you are using Bacitracin, switch to a small amount of fragrance/dye free hand lotion, such as Lubriderm, to moisturize your tattoo several times a day. If you are using a tattoo care product like Redemption or Hustle Butter, continue to use them to moisturizer as needed throughout the day. Keep the tattoo as close to regular skin consistency as possible. Always wash your hands before applying ointment or lotion!
DO NOT pick, scratch, or peel any skin or scabs! You will compromise your ink
by doing so. They will come off when ready, often while washing or moisturizing.
DO NOT soak your tattoo. That includes pools, ocean, baths, hot tub, saunas etc.
Regular showers are okay, but should be kept short until your tattoo is healed.
BE AWARE! During healing you have an open abrasion on your skin. Contact with
any surface or animals may introduce potentially infectious bacteria to the area.
NO direct sunlight until completely healed. Once healed apply sun block
(spf 45 or higher) daily, especially during times of direct sun exposure.
NOTE that during the first few days of healing the tattoo may seep ink, blood or lymph
which may stain clothing, sheets or other fabrics.
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