Until your tattoo is healed, no soaking in the tub, tanning, saunas, or hot tubs. Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo. Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. Avoid direct contact with animals. Avoid using scented soaps and moisturizers. Exposing your tattoo to unsanitary conditions or sweating from working out or sports can irritate your tattoo and cause infection. Keep your tattoo clean!
- Leave your bandage on for at least 24 hours.
- Carefully remove the bandage and enter the shower.
- Gently wash the tattoo in the shower, but avoid letting the shower spray on the tattoo directy, as the area will still be very sensitive.
- Work up a good lather of non-scented soap in your hands.
- Do not use a cloth or lufa and gently clean your tattoo, removing any access vaseline.
- Gently pat your tattoo dry after wash, do not rub or wipe.
- If possible, open a fresh pack of paper towels to dry your tattoo. (Regular towels if used daily, can carry bacteria and cause infection.)
- Wash your tattoo once or twice daily.
- Let your tattoo air dry for at least one hour before applying moisturizer. (Recommended moisturizers are H2Ocean Tattoo aftercare or an antibacterial ointment)
- Always wash your hands before applying moisturizer. Dab a small amount on your tattoo and gently work in a thin, light layer 2-4 times a day.
- Do not over moisturize, this will only suffocate your tattoo and prolong the healing process. Apply just enough to keep your tattoo flexible.
- It is recommended that you change your bed sheets and keep your pets out of it as well. Avoid letting your tattoo come in direct contact with animals as their hair and dander can easily irritate and/or infect your tattoo.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE HEALING PROCESS
- Your tattoo will take an average of 2-3 weeks to complete the healing process.
- Expect some flaking, or light scabbing, followed by a dull waxy look, this is normal.
- Do not scratch or pick your tattoo. Doing this can cause loss of colour, scaring, or lead to infection.
- After about a week of healing, your tattoo will more than likely become very itchy. In this case, lightly slap your tattoo – do not scratch.
- If during the healing process, your tattoo becomes irritated, red around the edges and sensitive, you may have caused your tattoo to become infected. In this case, apply 3% peroxide to your tattoo. If it foams up, you may have a mild infection. Rinse your tattoo and pat dry, then repeat. Do this twice a day for 2 days.