Saturday, September 20, 2014
Tattoo After Care Instructions
A tattoo is like an abrasion, similar to a skinned knee. During the healing process, less is more. Leave your bandage on for at least two hours, and no more than twelve hours. Do not clean your tattoo in an airport bathroom. You can sleep with the bandage on if necessary. When you remove the bandage, clean the tattooed area with cold water and soap. (Cold water will feel better on the skin).
Keep the area clean and dry. Be sure to pat the area dry after cleaning, not wipe. During the healing process, use a cold compress or ice to sooth any irritation. After a few days of using cold, if needed, you may switch to plain hand lotion to soothe the area. Use lotion without perfumes or dyes. These things have alcohol in them and will sting your skin. Do NOT USE any thick creme or ointment. Your tattoo needs to breath. Air is your best friend. Ultimately, listen to your body. On average, a tattoo will take two weeks to completely heal.