Tattoo Aftercare

TATTOO AFTERCARE

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. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two (2) hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later. 

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and a mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. DO NOT use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy or slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)

Then pat (DO NOT RUB) the area with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your artists choice of ointment, such as A&D, Aquaphor. 

**DO NOT use Neosporin, Vasoline, and/or petrolium products. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does some of the ink, and you end up witha polka-dotted tattoo.**

Continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free such a Lubriderm.  

DO NOT soak your tattoo. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming - whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water - should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. 

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is DO NOT pick and DO NOT scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion 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!

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 sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride!!

If you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo, please call LEGACY TATTOOS & PIERCING 501-882-6499.