Days 1 – 2:
At the end of your tattoo, we will cover it with a bandage. Keep the bandage on for 3-5 hours.
On removing the bandage, wash gently with warm water and gentle, unscented soap. Recommended soaps are Cetaphil or Dr. Bronners liquid.
After washing your tattoo, gently pat dry with clean cloth or paper towl. Apply a LIGHT coat of aftercare ointment or cream. Recommended products are Tattoo Goo, Pegasus, Aquaphor, Bacitracin, or A&D Ointment.
Repeat this procedure (wash, dry, apply ointment) AT LEAST 2-3 times per day. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows your tattoo to breathe.
Days 3 – 4:
Keep your tattoo clean, washing it as needed, at least daily. Apply salve or lotion at least 2-3 times per day.
Days 5 – 15:
Apply salve or lotion as needed for comfort. Your tattoo may begin to itch during this time and you may see a layer of skin flaking off. DO NOT peel, scratch, or rub. If needed, you can slap your tattoo lightly to relieve itching. Keep clean and moisturized to minimize itching and scabbing and promote good healing.
Tattoos take approximately 2-3 weeks to heal completely. Treat your tattoo kindly while it’s healing if you want your ink to stay beautiful!
During the Two–Week Healing Process:
- Do not use antibacterial soaps.
- Do not use oily products such as Vaseline or Neosporin.
- Do not use aloe vera or scented lotions.
- Do not swim, sauna, or soak (shower OK).
- Do not expose to direct sunlight.
- Absolutely no picking at your tattoo!
If a rash occurs, discontinue use of any product and try another brand. The top layer of skin will peel and the tattoo can be itchy. Again, do not pick or scratch! Let the skin fall off naturally. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of sunblock, as the sun will fade a tattoo.