Keep the bandage on for minimum of 4 hours, or overnight. Once you remove the bandage, wash immediately with warm soapy water and pat dry. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Use Cetaphil cleanser or another mild soap such as Dr. Bronners. Continue to wash tattoo once daily. About day 4 or 5, the tattoo will form a scab, and that is the indicator to start applying lotion. A pea size amount of any light, breathable lotion (Cetaphil, Aquaphor, Coconut Oil) should be applied once a day. Make sure the lotion is completely rubbed in. Continue the lotion application for 2 weeks, or until the scab has fallen off and the skin feels smooth again. Always handle your tattoo with clean hands and wear loose fitting clothing.
During the healing process
- DO NOT ever re-bandage after the initial one is removed
- 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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