Healing and Aftercare for your Tattoo

HIGH FIVE! You got a new tattoo!

After about 1-2 hours, feel free to remove the artist-applied bandage from your tattoo. Wash with anti-bacterial hand soap and warm water—we recommend Dial's classic gold anti-bacterial soap. Pat your new tattoo GENTLY with a clean paper towel to dry it and give it some air. If you're a little swollen and feel the need, you can take Advil or Ibuprofen.

If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to share your new tattoo! Go on—take a photo, put it up on Instagram, and be sure to tag @erinodea and @crossedkeyssociety. As well, we would love if you could take a moment to review us on Google and share your experience!

Now that you've got the tattoo you've been wanting, there are two options for how to care for your tattoo in order to make it look it's best:


Healing your Tattoo with Tegaderm

If you want super low maintenance for the healing of your tattoo, with virtually no scabbing at all, we recommend 3M Nexxcare Tegaderm. It's a super awesome bandage that allows for easy healing for your new tattoo. You can get it at Walgreens, Target, Walmart, or order it on Amazon. We've got some pretty incredible clients, and one of those clients, Kayleigh, happened to make the perfect series of videos of how to use Tegaderm properly. Check them out below!


Traditional healing for your tattoo

If you would rather stick with the 'tried and true' method of healing, follow these instructions and you'll have a fully healed tattoo in about 10-14 days:

  1. For the first 5-7 days, wash your tattoo with Dial anti-bacterial hand soap 3-4 times a day.

  2. Apply a small amount of unscented hand lotion after washing. We recommend Aquaphor, Lubriderm, or Jergens.

  3. After the first five days or so—you'll feel a scab form that should feel similar to a rough sunburn—switch to just lotion and apply a few times a day.

  4. Continue to care for the tattoo for two weeks until it has fully healed.

  5. After the tattooed has healed, be sure to avoid direct sun or apply sunscreen to ensure the tattoo stays bright longer.

The tattoo will be itchy and the new skin will be foggy during the healing process, but don't worry. Be sure to keep lotion on it and absolutely do not scratch or pick.

If you have been tattooed before and have something that works for you, feel free to stick with that. If you prefer to use a petroleum-based ointment like A&D or other tattoo-specific aftercare products, please use them super sparingly or blot it up after application so that your tattoo isn't completely soaked in it. You want to avoid clogging your pores and cause a breakout or rough scabbing.


What not to do with your new tattoo

For the first 7-10 days, here's what not to do with your new tattoo:

  • Go to the beach/get direct sunlight/tanning

  • Soak in water or swimming

  • Sleep with your new tattoo directly on your sheets

  • Pick and/or scratch at scabs

  • Allow it to touch anything unsanitary or dirty

Our number one rule: we can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your tattoo clean and stay away from scratching at it! If you have any problems, issues or questions—of any kind—you can always call the shop at (954) 368-2841 and we would be happy to help you out :)

As we mentioned before, we highly recommend Tegaderm for the best healing experience you could have. If you'd like to learn a bit more about what Tegaderm is, watch the video below: