Proper Tattoo Aftercare

The perfect tattoo from the perfect tattoo shop won’t stay perfect for long if you don’t take care of your new body art. Tattoo artists vary on their preferred aftercare techniques, but the general rules of cleanliness and safety apply to all new ink.

1. Remember that a new tattoo is technically an open wound.

2. Ask the tattoo artist to cover your ink with a bandage, not plastic wrap. Plastic wrap minimizes air flow and creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

3. Leave the bandage on your tattoo for at least two to three hours to keep bacteria out of your fresh wound.

4. Wash your tattoos daily with warm water and a gentle antibacterial soap that doesn’t contain dyes or perfumes. Use only your hand and the soap. Never use a washcloth or other abrasive item to scrub your tattoo, no matter how crusty it appears. Not only will you wash away the ink, but also you’ll aggravate the healing tissue, which could lead to scarring and discoloration.

5. Pat your tattoo dry instead of rubbing it. Use only a clean towel or a fresh paper towel.

6. Apply a thin layer of Eucerin Aquaphor healing ointment after each washing.

7. Never pick at your tattoo. Scabbing and flaking are a natural part of the healing process. Picking at these scabs can damage your tattoo and delay healing.

8. Keep your tattoo out of the sun until it’s healed.

9. Call your tattoo parlor and speak to your tattoo artist if you have any questions about how your tattoo looks or feels during the healing process. For touch-ups after your tattoo has healed, visit a tattoo shop near you.

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  1. Keeping a new tattoo clean is most important. Covering with a bandage for 2 to 3 hours is a start but the skin remains open and exposed to disease transmission from several days to two weeks depending on the tattoo.
    Plastic wrap doesn’t allow the skin to breath and does not contain the body fluid.
    Tatu-derm® is a breathable thin film bacterial barrier with a medical grade adhesive to cover new tattoos. Tatu-derm® forms a waterproof barrier on the dry skin keeping the tattoo clean for days after the tattoo is complete. The tattoo produces fluid and remains moist so it doesn’t stick to the adhesive. All body fluid is contained and the tattoo is visible so you can show it off with out being exposed. Tatu-derm® also protects the tattoo from abrasion which improves the tattoo experience and the final result of the tattoo once it’s healed.
    Tatu-derm® initial application can sty in place for 12 to 24 hours. Once the tattoo stops producing fluid after 24 hours, the second application can stay in place for 2 – 3 days. This process keeps the tattoo clean for 4 days with little room for error.
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