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TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
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 antibacterial soap. DO NOT use a wash cloth or scrubber! 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 ointment preferably Redemption, Bacitracin, or Aquaphor. Rub in completely. Dab off any excess moisture or seepage with a clean 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 or A&D ointments switch to a small amount of fragrance/dye free hand lotion, such
as Lubriderm, to moisturize your tattoo 4 to 6 times a day. If you are using Redemption or Aquaphor use them to moisturizer as needed throughout the day. The rule of thumb is to 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 ok, 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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