Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your tattooist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it.
It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.Leave That Bandage Alone (Glad Wrap / Protective film): Your tattooist 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 24 hours.After 24 hours has elapsed you can you can remove the bandage (protective film), you will want to wash your tattoo, using lukewarm water and antibacterial soap to gently wash away any aftercare cream and plasma. Do not use a face washer or anything abrasive.
Your hand is your best tool in this case. Then pat dry (do not rub) the area with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Air the area for approximately 10-15 min and reapply a very thin layer of Dr Pickles tattoo aftercare, and rewrap with a good quality protective tattoo film. Do not use Bepanthen, or any other aftercare products containing oils, when Wet Healing.
Paracetamol may be taken for pain relief; however ibuprofen should not be taken until 12 hours after your tattoo. Medication should be taken IAW manufacturer’s instructions and only if you are safely able to take that medication.
Men, or sweaty and physically active people, will find they will need to repeat this process every 12 hours, for a minimum of 3-4 daysWomen will be able to repeat this process every 24 hours, for at least 3-4 days.In the event your skin is not able to handle this process and you developed, irritation, or infection.
Cease this aftercare process and contact your tattoo artist, or medical professional.
After the minimum 3-4 days of Wet Healing has elapsed, the following aftercare instructions are to be adhered to. After ceasing Wet Healing, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and antibacterial soap to gently wash away any ointment and to completely clean the area. Do not use a face washer or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case.
Then pat dry (do not rub) the area with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of Dr Pickle or similar tattoo cream.
Continue this procedure at least 2-3 times a day for 5-7 days or until your tattoo has healed. Days 5-10 apply Dr Pickle or similar tattoo cream at least 2 times a day.
After this, continue to keep the area clean and apply a moisturiser at least once a day, for days 11-21, to keep the skin soft.You must keep your tattoo clean; however, long showers or baths must be avoided for 2 weeks.
Prolonged soaking can and will loosen scabs if any have formed, or will soak through the soft tissue and cause your ink to flow down the drain. This includes Swimming in the Ocean or a Pool, Spas, and Saunas. Short showers are best, under ten minutes if possible.
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 Dr Pickle or similar tattoo 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.
Infection: In the event you believe your tattoo has become infected, you should seek medical assistance ASAP, to receive corrective treatment.