– Leave bandage on overnight if possible. 2 hours minimum. If you take the bandage off before bed make sure you have clean bedding and wear clean loose fitting clothing over your tattoo for the first few nights.
– When you remove your bandage, wash off your tattoo really well using gentle circles with a liquid non-scented anti-bacterial soap (liquid Dial) or a non-scented castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s). Get all the Vaseline, blood, plasma, and ink off of it. You may have to wash a few times.
– Let air dry or pat dry with CLEAN paper towels. NO BATH/HAND TOWELS
– After your tattoo dries out and the skin feels tight or it starts to scab or flake, you can begin to apply a THIN later of A and D ointment or unscented lotion (Lubriderm, Curel, etc). Just enough to keep it moisturized. Don’t overdo it! If your tattoo is oozing, you are putting too much. Use as needed.
– Your tattoo will be healed in 2-4 weeks, depending on the design, placement, and your body.
– Soak in a tub, hot tub, or swimming pool during healing. No saunas either. Showers are fine.
– Let your tattoo sit in the sun while healing. Use of sunscreen is HIGHLY recommended after healing to help keep your tattoo looking good. The sun can make tattoos fade prematurely. Especially colors.
– Touch your tattoo while healing except to wash it or apply A and D/ lotion. Always apply A and D or lotion with CLEAN HANDS.
– Pick at your scabs, or scratch at your tattoo. Itching is normal. Pat it or apply some A and D or lotion to help with the itching,
– Wear clothes that rub on the tattoo while it is healing
– Sweat excessively