Leave That Bandage On!

Your artist took the time and 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 2 to 3 hours. Only exception is if your working or going out leave on bandage until your home. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.

Wash and Treatment(s):

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and liquid antibacterial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. Then pat (do not rub) the area with a clean towel to get it completely dry.

Depending from person to person within 2 to 3 days follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer and Aftercare Lotion and Webber vitamin e ointment would be your first two choices. 2 to 3 times a day. Do not use Polysporin/Neosporin. Is a product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Only use the product located at the bottom of the page After Inked and Webber vitamin e ointment (NOT the cream), you can buy a tattoo store product like After Inked currently sold at Studio Maxx. Tat Wax, Tattoo Goo etc. are other store products Again apply only a light layer onto the tattoo just until you see a shine, do not apply on thick you would cause damage to your tattoo. DO NOT share ointment could lead to infection.

If using lotion instead of the After Inked or Webber vitamin e ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye, alcohol and fragrance free. Also the use of any products with fragrances or chemicals has to be kept away from the tattooed area.

Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming:

Shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks depending from person to person and tattoo, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water and don't allow the shower to beat down on the tattoo. Swimming whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water should be avoided for at least 2 weeks, you should have a milky peeling layer of skin.

Scabbing and Peeling:

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Apply ointment/moisturizer lotion to the tattoo 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch!

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 sun block. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.

Infected tattoo:

If you think your tattoo might be infected, don't wait for it to get worse! Signs of infection are severe pain, hot redness/red lines, swelling and/or a pus discharge with or without the presence of blood, or a foul odor emanating from the area. Infection that is not properly tended to can result in serious health consequences and even death. It is not something to be taken lightly. Immediately proceed to the hospital. We are all susceptible to Staph infections the bacteria that causes it resides on our bodies and just waits for an opportunity to take hold, like in a fresh new tattoo wound.

To Avoid Infection:

·When cleaning keep tattoo covered well and remember that vacuum dust can cause a serious infection

·No Contact Sports

·No Gyms or use of exercising equipment

·Always wash hands before touching your tattoo

Again a reminder please DO NOT share ointments.

Webber vitamin e ointment:

  

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