Caring for your New Tattoo

I want you to know that I really appreciate you allowing me to work with you on your new tattoo. Sometimes the excitement of getting home to look can be a overwhelming and it can be easy to forget the aftercare instructions. I’ve put this page together to discuss proper healing techniques and products and will update it as needed. I’ll try to keep it short, but to read more about any of the products discussed please click the links for a more in depth discussion.

First allow me to say that I am the poster child for being lazy about taking care of my own tattoos. That is not to say that you should be the same way, but it does go to show you that it is YOUR BODY doing the healing and not any ointment or lotion that you use. The main thing here is, DON’T OVER DO IT! Also, there is more than one way to skin a cat so to speak, so if you have used a different technique in teh past that has worked for you, by all means, go ahead. This is just what I have found works best.

At the end of our appointment  I put A LOT of an oily substance on you, likely this was Aquaphor.  This is much more than you should ever use and it is only to help seal the tattoo and is safe because I have also placed a barrier over the tattoo. You should leave this alone for two to four hours.

When you are ready to unveil and wash your tattoo this is the proper washing technique.

You should keep your tattoo “moisturized”. Allowing your tattoo to breath is perfect for the healing process. If your tattoo looks wet from whatever you put on, not only can it not breath, but it will also act more as a magnet than a barrier to all of the nasty dirt and bacteria floating around out there in the world. As your tattoo starts to heal and dry out the skin will get a bit rough and itchy, any lotion or ointment used is mostly to keep the discomfort to a minimum. This keeps you from itching it and damaging the skin as it repairs its upper layers. See the bottom of the page for products that I do or so not recommend. If there is something not on either list, let me know and I will happily research it for you, but I try to list products that should be easily acessable for most anyone, anywhere.

You should avoid standing or public water for about two weeks or until your skin is healed, and here’s why.

Take showers, because if you don’t your friends will probably start to complain and that’s just nasty anyway, if applicable try to rinse any fragranced soap away from the tattoo, and just rely on the Dial Antibacterial soap for the tattoo.

Products I recommend

Aveeno

Aquaphor

Coconut Oil

 

Products I don’t recommend

Neosporin

Vasoline