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Getting a tattoo is an investment. Protect your tattoo by following the proper aftercare routine.  

  • ​After you get your tattoo, leave the bandage on until the end of the day. 

  • Wash your hands and remove your bandage carefully. 

    • Some people choose to sleep with their bandage on for the first night. This is up to you. 

  • Wash your tattoo with a fragrance free, liquid antibacterial soap. 

    • Fragrance free soap is recommended because the fragrance can cause irritation to your skin. 

    • We do not recommend using bar soap to wash your tattoo. This can spread bacteria to the open wound and also contaminate the bar for future use. 

  • Rinse your tattoo and pat dry with a clean paper towel. 

    • Do not use a washcloth or towel. Fibers and bacteria can get into the open wound. 

  • Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor ointment onto the tattoo. The skin should be able to breath through the ointment. Avoid thick applications.

  • Repeat this process for the first 3-4 days. After day 4 switch to applying a fragrance free lotion instead of an ointment.  

  • Your tattoo will be itchy. This is normal and means that your tattoo is healing.

  • Do not scratch your tattoo. If you are feeling itchy, pat the area or apply lotion. 

  • Make sure your tattoo is properly covered during the first few weeks.  Avoid direct contact with surfaces (gym mats, work out equipment, public transportation, etc.) 

  • No swimming, submerging or sun tanning for at least two weeks.

  • Do not touch your tattoo unless you are cleaning or applying lotion. Always wash hands before touching the tattoo to avoid infection.

  • Do not let anyone else touch your tattoo!

Check out this Tattoo Aftercare article that I was Featured in:

Inked Addict: How should you take care of a fresh tattoo to accelerate the healing process?

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