Keep the bandage on overnight. Remove the bandage in the shower. Clean the tattoo gently with clean hands/fingertips and warm water; do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Use Cetaphil cleanser or another mild soap such as Dr. Bronners. Make sure the tattoo is clean until it is no longer slimy. Pat/blot dry with a clean paper towel and always let your tattoo air out about 15 minutes before applying any lotion. For the first day, let your tattoo air out until the evening.
DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo! Let it breathe with loose clean cotton clothing or exposed to the air (just not direct sun). Wash your hands and apply a small amount/light coat of a clean, fragrance-free lotion. We recommend applying Cetaphil or Curel 2 times a day maximum.
Always handle your tattoo with clean hands and don’t let people touch your new tattoo!
Starting about day four, your tattoo will start to peel/exfoliate and the temptation to pick and scratch will be great. Don’t do it! DO NOT PEEL, PICK OR SCRATCH. Itching can be relieved by applying a bit more lotion, or by gently slapping the tattoo. Use common sense. If it hurts, don’t do it.
During the healing process
- DO wear loose, clean cotton/soft clothing and/or expose to air (but not sun!).
- DO NOT use aloe, Neosporin, etc.; they make the skin heal too fast.
- DO NOT swim, sauna, or soak (shower OK)
- DO NOT expose to direct sunlight.
Once healed, preserve your piece of art and always protect your tattoo with sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.
The Tattoo is Your Responsibility. Use Common Sense!
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