Recommended Tattoo Aftercare

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for tattoo aftercare, I’ve found the the following method tends to work well for most individuals. If you’re experienced in healing tattoos, you likely know what works best for your own skin. We can always discuss personalized approaches at any time.

Keep the bandage on: Leave the bandage on until you’re certain you’ll be staying home for the remainder of the day. Exposing a healing tattoo in a public place on the first day after your tattoo session is not advisable.

Gentle cleansing: As soon as the bandage is removed, wash your tattoo using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Opt for baby soaps or brands like Cetaphil, which are non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog your skin pores).
Dry healing: For the next 3 to 4 days, only wash your tattoo without applying moisturizer. This approach, known as dry healing, helps prevent infections.
Remember that bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments, so folowing these guidelines will promote proper healing for you new tattoo!

Frequent washing: It’s advisable to wash your tattoo at least twice a day.
Handling weeping or wetness: If you notice any weeping or wetness on your tattoo after washing, gently blot it with a clean paper towel. Sometimes, your tattoo may continue to weep even up to 20 minutes after washing. This is normal and part of the healing process.
Avoid submerging: During the two-week healing period, refrain from submerging your tattoo in baths or pools. Also, avoid using saunas.
Shower smart: When you shower, maintain a comfortable water temperature (not too hot) and keep your shower sessions efficient. Remember that the last body part you wash and rinse during a shower should be your tattoo

Optimal moisture balance:
 Tattoos heal best when they are either as moist as your natural skin or slightly drier. Be cautious not to over-moisturize, as this can lead to softening of the area. When exposed to air, overly moist tattoos my develop thick scabs.
Beware of bacteria:
Warm and moist environments are breeding grounds for bacteria. Instead of excessive moisture, aim for the top healing layers to flake off naturally.
Moisturizer usage: Use a sparing amount of moisturizer when your tattoo feels really dry or itchy. Opt for water-based moisturizers like Cetaphil or Spectro-gel.
Initial Days: Avoid using moisturizer during the first 3 to 4 days of healing.

A tattoo typically requires one to two weeks to heal, although inareas where the ink is deeply saturated in the skin, healing may take longer. It’s normal for the tattooed area to remain sensitive even after the two-week period.

If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. Feel free to get in touch if you need further clarification or have any other questions related to your tattoo session.

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