1. Leave the bandage on for two to
three hours or until you are home for the evening. After
removing the bandage, wash your hands, and then wash
your tattoo using a mild, non-perfumed soap (Ivory or
Dial antibacterial soap). Do not use a scrub cloth to
wash your tattoo with, only use your hands.
2. After you have washed the tattoo,
pat the area dry with a clean towel and allow your tattoo
to air dry for a few minutes.
3. Reapply a small amount of Vitamin
A&D Ointment. Apply the ointment in small amounts
and rub it into the tattoo as if you were applying hand
lotion. Do not glop it on as if you were frosting a
cake. It is better to use less ointment more often,
than too much at once. If, in the past, you have had
any irritation from using A&D Ointment, you may
use Aquaphor in its place.
4. For the next two weeks (14 days)
you will wash the tattoo at least once a day and use
the ointment 3 to 4 times a day. You might use the ointment
more often throughout the day if the tattoo is in an
area where your clothing might rub against it. It is
very important to wash your hands before each ointment
application to prevent any chance of infection. After
the two weeks have passed, you may switch to a mild
hand lotion such as Lubriderm, Cocoa Butter or Eucerin.
Apply the lotion whenever the tattoo feels dry or itchy.
DO NOT: Re bandage the tattoo unless
directed otherwise by your tattoo artist. Leaving a
bandage on for too long can cause bacteria to grow and
lead to infection.
DO NOT: Touch your new tattoo unless
your hands have just been washed.
DO NOT: Scratch or pick at your new
tattoo. Peeling and flaking are a normal part of the
healing process. Picking at it will not speed up the
healing process; it will only cause the ink to fall
out leaving spaces without pigment.
DO NOT: soak your new tattoo in water
during the first 2-3 weeks. Showering is acceptable
because you need to wash the tattoo. Do not soak means
no swimming in pools, lakes, oceans, or hot tubs. Immersing
your new tattoo in water for prolonged periods of time
can cause damage and possible infection.
DO NOT: Expose your tattoo to direct
sunlight or tanning beds during the first 2 weeks. After
the healing process is complete, you may use a sun block
with an SPF 30 or higher. This will help protect the
tattoo and keep the colors from fading over time. The
better you take care of your skin the longer your tattoo
will stay looking like new.
DO NOT: Wear tight clothing that could
rub on or stick to the tattoo during the initial healing
period. If your clothes get stuck to the tattoo wet
the area and gently pull the cloth away from the skin.
DO NOT: Listen to your friends advice
on how to take care of your new tattoo. They are not
professional tattoo artists and cannot give you the
correct care instructions to ensure a successful healing
Your tattoo will take anywhere from two weeks to one
month to fully heal. During this time, if you have any
questions or concerns about your new tattoo, call your
tattoo artist immediately.