Keeping your tattoo neat and professional
To ensure that your tattoo looks as neat and professional as the day it was first done, it is essential that you take proper care of it. Please avoid listening to the (often silly and confusing) advice from friends, dubious sources and posts made on the internet.
Just follow these simple guidelines:
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- Make use of a mild (pH balanced), fragrance-free, anti-bacterial liquid soap for washing your hands and your tattoo.
- To reduce your risk of infection, ALWAYS wash your hands with an anti-bacterial liquid soap under lukewarm running water BEFORE touching your new tattoo. Also, remember to pat them dry with a clean dry towel (or preferably a paper towel).
- Shortly after your tattoo is completed the artist will cover it with a dressing, keep this dressing on for about an hour.
- With clean hands, remove the dressing. Using soap and lukewarm running water, lightly wash the tattoo, making sure to get rid of all excess ointment, blood, and any other residue.
- If a friend is assisting you, please make sure that they too have washed their hands.
- After washing your tattoo, lightly pat it dry with a CLEAN dry towel (or paper towel) and apply a tiny amount of BEPANTHEN Cream – this nappy rash ointment is easily available over the counter at any pharmacy.DO NOT cake it on, the tattoo should have a slight sheen after rubbing in the ointment.
- Wash and apply fresh ointment to your tattoo several times a day – starting first thing when you wake up in the morning and ending just before you go to bed.
- After a few days, your tattoo will begin to form a scab which will peel – DO NOT pick or scratch the skin. If it itches, wash your tattoo and re-apply ointment.
- The majority of healing should be over in about 2 weeks, but it does take up to 4 weeks for a tattoo to be completely healed.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- AVOID products containing lanolin, petroleum or petroleum-based oils (eg: Vaseline and Zambuk) – these are unsuitable for tattoos, they prohibit the absorption of oxygen and the expulsion of toxins, which can lead to an infection. They can also clog pores and cause ink to leach from the skin.
- Try to AVOID sleeping on your tattoo – this can result in the tattoo becoming stuck onto your clothes – if this happens, DO NOT rip them off, soak the area in water and then remove your clothing (TIP: sleep with dark linen and clothing to avoid leaving a lovely imprint of your tattoo on your sheets and PJs).
- AVOID wearing tight clothing that will rub or irritate the tattoo – this can lead to excess scabbing and a loss of ink, try to wear loose-fitting cotton clothing over the tattooed area.
- If you’re the active type – AVOID over-working the freshly tattooed area and ALWAYS give your skin a good wash after exercise to get rid of any sweat and bacteria.
- During healing, AVOID soaking your tattoo in water (this includes swimming in the pool/ocean/river/dam and soaking in a bath or jacuzzi). Showers are okay (and encouraged!).
- AVOID the sun – wear loose cotton clothing over your fresh tattoo to protect it and, once the tattoo has healed, ALWAYS apply a sunblock with a high SPF to preserve the colour of your tattoo.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!