You don’t need specialty products to care for your new tattoo, just a few simple guidelines, clean water and some common sense. The goal is to keep your new tattoo clean and moisturized. Everyone heals at their own rate, we like to say a couple of weeks. In the end you know what is normal for you and your body. If at any time you have questions or concerns please give us a call.
Keep It Clean
After you get home remove your bandage and wash your tattoo in the shower with a liquid anti-microbial soap such as “Provon” or “PurSan”. You will continue to wash your new tattoo twice a day while it heals. Your new tattoo will ooze like a rug burn for the first few days. It is important to not let any of this fluid dry on your tattoo and get thick or crack. Not only does it feel good to let warm, clean water rinse your tattoo between washes, it also washes away the ooze that can dry on and damage your new tattoo. The tattooing process has compromised your skin and your body is now trying to repair the damage. It is important to gently clean your tattoo with a soap that was formulated for compromised skin. Soaps containing chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Triclosan are great for hand washing but not the best choice for wound management. It only takes a minute to read the label.
Keep It Moisturized
Some people like to use “A & D” or “Aquaphor” ointment to keep their tattoo moisturized for the first few days. If you choose to use one of these products it is important to rub it in thoroughly and blot off any extra with a clean paper towel. Your tattoo shouldn’t look greasy or shiny. On the third or fourth day you should move on to a dye/fragrance free lotion like “Cetaphil” or “Curel” for the rest of the healing time. Some People like to skip the ointment and use lotions as their primary moisturizer. Whatever you use, rub in your product until it is completely absorbed. There should not be any noticeable product left.
Keep Stuff OFF of It
Socks, shoes, sheets, bras, clothes, waistbands, jewelry, other people’s bodily fluid, your dirty hands, etc. should never touch your new tattoo. Do not pick or scratch at your new tattoo. If it itches give it a firm pat or slap. Keep out of lakes, pools, rivers, sea water, hot tubs and bathtubs for the first three or four weeks.
• A healing tattoo can sometimes shed skin with pigment in it. This may appear to you that your tattoo is coming off. It is not, and everything is fine. As your skin regenerates a small amount of sloughing will occur, this can be startling if you have never had a tattoo before.
• Your new tattoo could get a milky look to it, this is just the same exfoliation process. Make sure you don’t scrub your tattoo. You should only use your clean fingertips during cleaning.
• Your new tattoo might itch, but do not scratch it as scratching will only irritate the tissue, prolong healing, and could degrade the quality of your tattoo.
• If you don’t clean and moisturize your tattoo properly it could get irritated or scabby, both of which are not conducive to a beautiful, healed tattoo.
• If you let something touch or stick to your tattoo, when that something moves or is removed, the quality of your tattoo could be compromised. Should something stick and dry to your tattoo, don’t rip it off. Take whatever is stuck to you into the shower with you and let warm water saturate the item until it comes off by itself. This is most likely going to be a shirt or a sheet.
• After you are healed make sure you apply sun block every time you get in the sun. Like a t-shirt left by the pool, the sun will take its toll on your tattoo and rob you of the color and contrast before you know it.
• The better care you take of yourself during healing the better and faster your tattoo will heal.