HIGH FIVE! You got a new tattoo!
You can take off your bandage in 1-2 hours.
Wash your new tattoo with Dial anti-bacterial hand soap (the classic GOLD one) and warm water. Get all the seepy-grossness off and pat your new tattoo GENTLY with a clean paper towel to dry it. Give it some air the first day. If you’re a little swollen, you can take Advil or Ibuprofen.
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From here you have two options for how to care for your tattoo :)
Below there are videos (one made by my lovely client/friend Kayleigh) of how to use a super awesome bandage healing method that is supppppper low maintenance, with no scabbing at all. This stuff is awesome and I usually prefer clients go this route - check out these if you're interested in easy-peasy Tegaderm healing :)
You can get the magic 3M Nexxcare Tegaderm at Walgreens, Target, Walmart, or order it quick on Amazon!
If you would rather go the 'tried and true' route, you can follow these instructions below and you'll have a healed tattoo in about 10-14 days.
For the next 5-7 days, wash your tattoo with Dial anti-bacterial hand soap 3-4 times a day and apply a small amount of unscented hand lotion. I like Aquaphor, Lubriderm, or Jergens. After the first 5 days or so (you’ll feel a scab formed that should be kind of like a rough sunburn), switch to just lotion, and apply a few times a day. It’ll be itchy and the new skin will be foggy but keep lotion on it and don’t scratch or pick throughout the healing process.
If you have healed tattoos and have something that works for you, stick with that. If you want to use a petroleum based ointment like A&D, or some tattoo specific aftercare products, use them super sparingly or blot it back up so it’s not glopped on all crazy. You don’t want it to clog your pores and cause a breakout or a rough chunky scab.
Things NOT to do (for 7-10 days):
- Go to the beach/get direct sunlight/tanning
- Soak in water or swim
- Sleep with your new tattoo directly on your sheets
- Pick and scratch at scabs
- Touch gross stuff
I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your tattoo clean and stay away from scratching at it, but if you have any problems, issues or questions—of any kind—you can always call the shop and we can help you out :)