TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
-Leave bandage on for a minimum of 3 hours. Or until the following morning and up to 3 days if an adhesive bandage is used.
-Using your finger tips and liquid anti-bacterial hand soap, gently wash your tattoo under hot
running water then rinse in cold.
-Pat dry using a clean paper towel.
-Put a very small amount of AQUAPHOR on a clean finger and rub in thoroughly until there is
no greasy residue. Repeat this process until the entire tattoo has been moisturized. Less is more
-Apply AQUAPHOR 2- 3 times a day for a maximum of 3 days.
-Wash your tattoo at least once a day in the shower when you wash yourself. Unless it seems goopy
or like it should be cleaned. Use your judgement. Don't over do it and irritate it but don't let it
get gross either. Goop turns into scabs and no one needs that.
-After 3 days switch to LUBRIDERM or another light unscented lotion.
-DO NOT OVER MEDICATE! With Aquaphor less is more! Use like a lotion and NOT an ointment;
using only a small amount and gently massaging it into the skin. DON'T GLOB IT ON! This can
cause the pores to clog and a rash to develop. It will usually look like little pimples and that's just
what it is. Aquaphor is a very heavy moisturizer and can clog your pores. If this happens stop use
immediately and switch to a light unscented lotion. If you get a reaction or any other aftercare
issues or concerns please email Jackie immediately and she can advise you on how best to proceed.
DO NOT PICK AT IT
-As the tattoo heals you might have a spot or two that acquire a scab. DO NOT PICK AT SCAB!
YOUR TATTOO IS FULLY HEALED ONCE THE TATTOO IS THE SAME
TEXTURE AS THE SKIN AROUND IT.
DON’T GO SWIMMING
-Do not submerge your tattoo in water until it’s fully healed. Showers are fine though.... Please bathe
KEEP TATTOO OUT OF SUNLIGHT
-Be aware that even if your tattoo is healed enough to go in water it is still VERY thin skin for the
first month. If your tattoo is healed enough to go swimming then use a waterproof sunblock of
at least SPF 50 for the first year. And for the duration of your life your tattoo is going to be sensitive
to sunlight and other concentrated UV light like tanning beds. Sunlight can and will DESTROY
LIMIT YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-You don’t want to go to a public gym/Hospital/Jail or Public school while your tattoo is healing.
These places are seething with MRSA (a flesh eating strain of Staph infection). If you must visit
a place like this please make sure your healing tattoo is bandaged.
-If you have pets then be aware of your fresh tattoo while handling them. Don’t let them touch
your healing tattoo.
-If you garden then make sure your healing tattoo is appropriately covered to ensure it does not
get dirt or chemicals on it.
-Do not let anything touch your tattoo while it’s healing other than clean hands, clean clothing/
bandage and moisturizer .
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR TATTOO
-Your clothing matters. Wear loose comfortable clothing over your tattoo. If your clothes are
making your tattoo hurt, then they are hurting your tattoo.
-Areas that tend to bend a lot have a more troublesome time healing and you should focus on or
“baby” these areas as your tattoo heals.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUR FRESH TATTOO IS A WOUND
Although an infection is rare, they can and do happen.The signs of an
infected tattoo include:
-Swelling, inflammation or excessive heat around your tattoo lasting longer than 48 hours.
-A yellowish/green discharge. While it is normal for tattoos to bleed and discharge a clear fluid
called “Lymph” for up to the first 24 hours. However,a yellowish/green discharge is not a normal
part of the healing process and should be taken seriously.
-Swollen lymph nodes
-A foul smell emanating from your tattoo
-Red streaks stemming from your tattoo and traveling toward your heart.
If you have any questions or concerns PLEASE call or stop by the studio