After Care – Tattoo

Tattoo Aftercare

This is just a general overview of tattoo aftercare, your tattoo artist may give you slightly different instructions. If you have any questions, please contact your artist and they will be happy to assist you.

  • Allow the tattoo to remain covered for one to three hours.
  • The tattoo may have become stuck to the bandage, using warm water to soak the bandage before removal or removing it during a shower will allow the bandage to come off easier.
  • Using soap and warm water, gently wash the tattoo. Do not scrub or pick the tattoo.
  • Dry the tattoo by patting it with a disposable paper product. Cloth towels harbor bacteria.
  • Using A & D Ointment, cover the tattoo in a thin layer. If the tattoo appears shiny, too much ointment has been applied.
  • Remove any excess ointment with a clean paper product, do not rub the tattoo.
  • During the first day, every hour clean and apply new ointment to your tattoo.
  • On the second day increase the amount of time inbetween applications by an hour or two, and if desired switch to H2Ocean instead of the A & D Ointment. Spread out the applications even more the day after.
  • After the third day, discontinue use of the ointment, and switch solely to H2Ocean or a high quality fragrance free moisturizer such a Lubriderm.
  • After that, apply moisturizing product when your tattoo becomes dry, flaky or itchy.
  • Do not scratch or pick your healing tattoo. When it becomes itchy you may lightly “slap” it, this may alleviate some discomfort.
  • It usually takes two to three weeks for the tattoo to completely heal, however this may vary depending on the piece and the person.

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