Steps for a Healthy Tattoo
Remove your bandage after two hours.
First wash hands thoroughly before touching your tattoo. Then, gently wash tattoo with soapy fingertips in a circular motion. Rinse well with cool water.
Pat dry, then apply a thin layer of Aquaphor, rubbing it in well to distribute it evenly. Aquaphor should be put on very thin. Don’t over apply.
Repeat this cleansing procedure and Aquaphor application 3-5 times a day for 2 days.
After 2 days you can switch to a good non-scented extra dry skin lotion.
Apply the dry skin lotion 3 to 5 times a day for the next 7 days.
Important Things to Remember:
- Treat your new tattoo as an open wound. You should never touch it with unwashed hands.
- Clothing can irritate a new tattoo, so cotton only directly against it is a safe bet.
- New tattoos will usually itch after about a week, but don’t scratch it. To relieve the itch, slap it or use a cortisone cream if necessary.
- Avoid long exposure to water and sun during healing. And, as always, use a strong sunblock when out in the sun to help avoid fading once your tattoo is fully healed.