Please read these instructions fully
Leave this bandage on for at least the first night if possible. If it remains secure and sealed then leave it on for 3-5 days. Continue daily life as normal, just generally avoid this bandage (for example, work around it in the shower). It may create bubbles in some areas, this is ok.
If, after the first night (or at any point during the 3-5 days), it leaks profusely causing the bandage to peel and reveal the tattoo, now you want to remove it. If your tattoo is exposed, then bacteria can get in.
To remove, use warm water and a liquid, fragrance-free antibacterial soap to gently massage at the edges. This will cause it to start to peel off. Continue washing it with warm soapy water until fully removed. You may need to pull gently but do not rip. This can cause damage to your tattoo and may also irritate your skin.
After this bandage is removed, please follow the standard bandage instructions listed below until your tattoo is fully healed.
Leave bandage on for 3-4 hours or as instructed.
With clean hands, remove the bandage and wash your new tattoo with warm water and a liquid, fragrance-free antibacterial soap. My favorite is Dr. Bronner's baby soap which you can find at most grocery and drug stores. Do this thoroughly and gently with your fingertips only. Rinse, and let your tattoo air dry or gently pat dry with a paper towel. Do this 1-2 times daily until your tattoo is fully healed.
Do not re-wrap it, and wear clean breathable clothing.
In about 3 days, your tattoo will start to feel tight. Begin applying a fragrance free lotion 2-3 times a day especially when it feels dry or itchy. My favorite is Aveeno Daily Moisturizer. Be sure to rub it in fully. No slathering and lathering. Your tattoo must be able to breathe!
Continue to wash tattoo daily/gently and apply lotion until tattoo is fully healed. Your tattoo may scab and will definitely peel and flake. This is normal. Do not pick or scratch! Let it flake and peel naturally.
Anything fragrance-free and in a bottle. Why? Bar soaps harbor bacteria and fragrance products cause irritation and may cause your tattoo to lose pigment.
Dr. Bronner's is best. Second best are Dial, Soft Soap, Dove, and neutrogena.
Again, no fragrance or dye. Aveeno, Lubriderm, Cetaphil, etc.
Optional: Coconut oil or Griffin Salve for the first 2-3 days. Use it very thinly, once a day, rubbing it in very well. It should not look shiny or wet. If you use too much it may slow down the healing process or cause irritation. If you use coconut oil, do not cross-contaminate with any you use in the kitchen. I keep a separate jar specifically for my healing tattoos.
I often get questions about Aquaphor. I, personally, cannot use Aquaphor as it is too rich and thick for me and causes irritation on my own healing tattoos. So I prefer the lighter, all natural route of using coconut oil, Griffin Salve, or a similar all natural tattoo salve. However, some folks are allergic to coconut oil and other natural ingredients found in common tattoo salves, so using Aquaphor may be the move for you. Just be sure to use it VERY thinly and sparingly. Less is more!
DO's and DON'T's!
DO let your tattoo breathe.
DO eat healthy, drink plenty of water, shower regularly, get sufficient sleep, and practice good hygiene. You'd be surprised how much these help a tattoo heal well.
DO stay out of the sun. Your tattoo is most vulnerable in the first 2-3 weeks of healing.
DO take a "less is more" approach. Let your body heal itself.
DON'T scratch it or pick at it. Your tattoo may ooze, scab, flake, and look waxy for the first 2-4 weeks. This is normal. Let it be.
DON'T use frangrance products or sunscreen while your tattoo is healing.
DON'T over-apply anything. Whatever you use, apply as thin as possible. Your tattoo must breathe.
DON'T submerge your tattoo. No bathtubs, pools, lakes, hot tubs, ocean, etc.
DON'T use common first aid products such as neosporin or hydrogen peroxide while your tattoo is healing. These will cause major irritation and pigment loss!
DON'T ask your friends for advice. If you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo, please email me or call the shop. I want your tattoo to heal beautifully as much as you do.