The most important rule is cleanliness. To keep it clean does not mean to wash it repeatedly, it means to prevent it from getting unclean in the first place.
FOLLOW ONLY THESE INSTRUCTIONS
- After 1 to 3 hours, remove wrap and wash the tattoo with warm to hot water and mild antibacterial soap (such as Dial). Wash thoroughly
but gently using clean hands and fingertips (no washcloths, etc.), and rinse with cold water. Be sure to remove any trace of blood, ink, etc. Never re-bandage.
- Pat dry with a clean towel and let the tattoo sit for 20-30 minutes or until it is visibly dry, and there is no plasma surfacing. If plasma (clear fluid) appears again, wash gently again.
- Apply a very thin amount of Aquaphor or tattoo balm on the area. Rub completely into the skin. Less is more; there should only be a very slight sheen to the skin. Over moisturizing is to be avoided; the tattoo needs to breathe while healing.
- Wash and moisturize 2-3 times a day until healed.
- Within 3-4 days it will begin to peel like a sunburn. It is very important to avoid picking or scratching at the tattoo.
- The newly regenerated skin may make the tattoo appear dull until fully recovered. This may take up to 2-4 weeks.
- Avoid sun exposure until fully healed.
- Do not soak the tattoo in water for two weeks, keep showers brief.
- Remember! Your tattoo is an open wound until healed. Treat it accordingly. It is important to avoid additional trauma to the tattoo area.
Treat it well, and be conscious of it at all times.