Tattoo Aftercare

 

Remove the bandage after one hour, two maximum.  All wounds need to breathe if they are to heal properly.

Wash the tattoo using your fingertips or hand only.  Use a mild antibacterial soap and warm water. 

Take care to remove all traces of blood as this will cause scabbing. 

Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two week healing period. 

Always gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean soft cloth or just let it air dry.

 

Apply a thin coat of ointment to the tattoo,  Aquaphor, A&D Ointment and Lubidum are all very good. 

Dab off all the excess with a paper towel. You should barely be able to tell that it's there... This is just enough to keep the tattoo moist and to keep it from scabbing. Your body heat will liquefy the ointment and it may become glossy looking or runny. This means there's too much on there. Dab more off. Too much ointment will only suffocate the tattoo and liquefy any scabs that may have formed causing the ink to fall out and look blotchy. There is no need to re-bandage the tattoo. 

 

 Your skin will form a protective layer no matter what you do. If you do not keep it moist or if you keep it too moist (it's a personal balance, different for each individual), it will form a thick, hard scab that may crack when you move. When you form this kind of a scab the ink sits within it and slowly heals into the skin. When the tattoo is kept moist it doesn't have a chance to form a scab but does form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it heals. This layer peels off very similar to a sunburn (do not peel your tattoo, you will pull the ink out!) and it is perfectly normal to see small flakes of colored skin falling off during this stage of healing.

 

Please refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. Scrubbing with a washcloth can be very harsh on a tattoo and will cause your colors to fade. Disrupting the tattoo while it's healing can also cause scar tissue. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing time. To relieve this, spray the tattoo with rubbing alcohol or slap it with your hand (this will sting it and take away the itch).

 

 

Piercing Aftercare

 

First, wash your hands thoroughly. Never touch your piercing or jewelry with dirty hands.

Saturate a cotton Q-tip with warm water, and gently wipe away any "crusties" that have gathered around the piercing site. Throw the cotton ball away.

 

Apply a generous amount of antibacterial liquid soap to your fingertip, and apply to the piercing site and jewelry. Make sure you get the soap everywhere, but rotating the jewelry is not necessary as long as you work the soap around the piercing and jewelry completely.

 

Rinse the piercing and jewelry several times with warm water, ensuring that all soap has been removed.

Pat dry your piercing with a clean paper towel and then dispose of it.