Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, you want to take good care of it!
It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.
- Leave That Bandage Alone!
If Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.
Leave the bandage on for a minimum of three hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends. Don’t do it.
If you think you just absolutely cannot resist the temptation to show off your new possession, ask your artist if they can cover it with clear cellophane wrap, so the tattoo can be viewed without the protective layer being removed.
- Wash and Treat After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo.
- Use lukewarm water and antibacterial soap we recommend “Protex” soap to gently wash away any ointment and to completely clean the area.
- Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case.
- Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.
- Follow with a very light application of ointment. “Golden Skin Cream” is what we recommend, but if you don't have any, A&D vitamin enriched ointment (medical grade - not the kind used for diaper rash) is also acceptable.
The first couple of times this may sting just a little. Continue this procedure at least twice a day for two or three days. After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed to keep the skin soft.
Some bruising and swelling can be normal, depending on the body part. Keep an eye on this if you are worried contact your tattooist or seek medical advice.
Scabbing and Peeling
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing.
Excessive scabbing indicates a poorly done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and no need to panic.
You will also start to itch, just like sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put the golden skin cream on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone.
Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!
Protection from the sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast.
Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sun block.
This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.
Seek medical Advice
- if your tattoo becomes very red and inflamed
- if your tattoo is more painful than when first done
- if your tattoo is leaking fluid or pus
- if you think your tattoo is infected
- or if you begin to feel generally unwell in the few days following your tattoo
- If you are in any doubt it pays to have it checked