If you have a specific method that has worked for you in the past, please feel free to follow that protocol. All artists have different aftercare instructions, but ultimately it's up to you how you take care of your tattoo.
• The healing process will take up to 6 weeks (longer for some people). Please follow instructions throughout this period of time and be patient with your skin.
•Avoid direct sunlight on the new tattoo. NO SUNSCREEN WHEN YOUR TATTOO IS STILL HEALING.
•Avoid soaking your healing tattoo in water – no bathing (showers are fine), no swimming, no surfing, no diving, no sauna, etc. Minimize exercising during the first week.
•If you have a pet, keep them away from your tattoo. Especially avoid contact with their fur and saliva.
•No Alcohol for 48 hours after your tattoo.
•ALWAYS HANDLE YOUR NEW TATTOO WITH CLEAN HANDS. Do not scrub it with towels or sponges.
Soap options: Dr. Bronner’s, Dial or Softsoap, anti-bacterial soap. No perfumed or exfoliating body washes.
Lotion options: Cetaphil non-scented, Curel non-scented, Lubriderm non-scented, Aveeno non-scented. Apply THIN layer after washing/drying.
Ointment options: Aquaphor, Vitamin A & D. If you’re going with ointment only use a THIN layer for two days then switch to non-scented lotion for the remainder of the healing time. No vaseline. No Neosporin. No aloe vera. No oil based lotion. Using ointment for longer than two days can cause your pores to get clogged and may result in getting bumps on your tattoo.
SECOND SKIN/SANIDERM (CLEAR BANDAGE) INSTRUCTIONS
In the first 24 hours, there may be a build up of plasma under the bandage. This is completely normal. If the first bandage starts to leak or come off, remove the bandage and wash the tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Wash off all the slimy stuff (plasma/blood/ink) then dry it thoroughly with a paper towel and rebandage. Do not put ointment/lotion on it at this point if you decide to rebandage it. You can leave the second bandage on for as long as it feels comfortable to you. Most people remove it after three to four days. Once you remove the second bandage, keep your tattoo clean and start using lotion as needed.
You may experience some redness around the tattoo where the bandage was applied to the un-tattooed skin. This is also completely normal and may occur with any type of medical adhesive. If you do develop an adverse reaction on the tattoo, discontinue use immediately.
Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo a couple of times a day (morning and evening) until it’s fully healed. The complete healing cycle can take anywhere from 2–6 weeks. A good rule of thumb if your tattoo has scabs or pieces of peeling skin, it’s still healing, and should still be washed and moisturized regularly to keep it clean and hydrated. DO NOT pick at any scabs or scratch your tattoo. If it’s really itchy you may lightly slap it with clean hands. If you have any questions/concerns please e-mail me!
REBANDAGE INSTRUCTIONS VIDEO https://secondskin.ink/instructions
IF YOUR TATTOO WAS BANDAGED WITH AN ABSORBANT PAD FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Leave the bandage on for 3 to 12 hours. When you take the bandage off, wash it with warm water and anti-bacterial soap. Wash off all the slimy stuff (plasma/blood/ink). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel, and let it air dry for a few minutes. Then you will apply a very small amount of ointment or unscented lotion to the tattoo, just enough to lightly moisturize (thin layer). Do not slather a big, thick coat of product over it; just enough for it to stay moist and flexible. If you are using ointment, use for no more than two days then switch to non-scented lotion.
Your first night sleeping, it might be a good idea to re-wrap the tattoo with plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap) to sleep without the tattoo sticking to your sheets/clothing.
Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo a couple of times a day (morning and evening) until it’s fully healed. The complete healing cycle can take anywhere from 2–6 weeks. A good rule of thumb if your tattoo has scabs or pieces of peeling skin, it’s still healing, and should still be washed and moisturized 1-2 times a day to keep it clean and hydrated. DO NOT pick at any scabs or scratch your tattoo. If it’s really itchy you may lightly slap it with clean hands. If you have any questions/concerns please e-mail me!