Consider your tattoo as a fresh wound. Good care and hygiene are crucial to healing, preventing infection and the appearance of your tattoo.
After your appointment:
- Remove the cling wrap after about 3 hours.
- Wash your tattoo with warm water preferably with a perfume-free, pH-neutral soap. Lightly tap dry with a clean towel and apply a thin layer of wound healing ointment (e.g. panthenol).
- Apply the same ointment to your tattoo whenever it starts to dry out, usually about 3-5 times a day for approximately 14 days until healed.
- Before applying the ointment, always wash with warm water and lightly tap dry with a clean towel.
- Only use a thin layer of ointment. Frequent, thick layers can soften the skin, which can lead to loss of color. Also, pustule could form. If not enough ointment is used it may develop a thick crust, which if torn could also lead to loss of color and scarring.
During the healing process, also:
- Avoid dirt and excessive sweating, as both can increase risk of infection!
- Only touch your tattoo with clean hands. Wear clean, lint-free clothes etc. and avoid sports and sauna.
- Public baths, seas and lakes can present a high risk of infection. Baths and long showers can also soften the skin, which can lead to loss of color.
- Avoid unnecessary touching, and never scratch or rub your tattoo! This could also lead to loss of color and scarring.
- Avoid your tattoo sticking to your clothes. If this happens, you should wet the affected area then carefully peel the clothes off the tattoo.
- Direct sun and tanning beds should be avoided for at least 4 weeks- if you’re sunburned and your skin peels, so will your tattoo!
- Even after 4 weeks its recommended that you always use high UV protection in the sun, otherwise your tattoo could fade more over time.
If you have any questions, just contact us!