For the proceeding 48-72 hours, your tattoo is an open wound and should be treated as such. Do not allow any contaminated objects to come into with your tattoo.
- Two hours after getting tattooed you may remove the protective covering; should the covering stick to the tattoo, soak the covering with warm water and remove gently. Never use force to remove the protective covering.
- Gently cleanse the area with an unscented antibacterial soap. Ideally, you want to let your tattoo air dry; however, if need be, you may pat it dry with a paper towel.
- Wash your hands and apply a thin layer of A&D ointment to the tattoo. This layer should be so thin that there should barely be any shine from the A&D. YOU ARE TO ONLY USE THE A&D OINTMENT FOR ONE DAY!
- After the first day, you may switch to any UNSCENTED lotion. While your tattoo is healing you should ALWAYS wash your hands prior to moisturizing your tattoo. NEVER ALLOW YOUR TATTOO TO DRY OUT COMPLETELY!!!
- Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, healing usually takes between 10-14 days. As the tattoo heals, peeling and scabbing is to be expected. NEVER PICK AT YOUR TATTOO WHILE IT IS HEALING!!!
- While your tattoo is healing, it is imperative that you avoid prolonged exposure to: sun, salt water, chlorinated pools, hot tubs, and steam baths.
- The sun is your tattoos biggest nemesis. In order to prevent fading of color, you should apply a minimum SPF 50 to your tattoo prior to prolonged sun exposure.
Consult A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER FOR:
- Unexpected redness, rash, tenderness, or swelling
- Unexpected drainage at the site of the tattoo
- Unexpected fever within 24 hours of receiving the tattoo