SANIDERM / SECOND SKIN BANDAGE:
If your tattoo is bandaged with Saniderm (Second Skin), you should keep the bandage on for 5-7 days.
During this time, it is normal to see some fluid build up beneath the bandage. (If the bandage begins to leak, you must remove the bandage and follow the standard aftercare instructions listed below). After 5-7 days, remove the Saniderm bandage gently under warm running water. To take the bandage off you must stretch from each side rather than peel it off like a Bandaid. When you stretch the bandage it allows the adhesive to come off the skin without disrupting the tattoo and taking any ink with it.
Wash the tattoo with a mild, fragrance-free soap or warm water. At this point, your tattoo should be well into the healing process - you may use an unscented, non-greasy lotion (like Hustle Butter, Lubriderm or Aveeno Unscented moisturizer) to keep the tattoo moisturized. DO NOT moisturize your tattoo with Vaseline – this does not let the skin and the new tattoo breathe.
1. Leave bandage on for 2-3 hours or as instructed by your artist.
2. Wash your hands well with soap before touching your new tattoo.
3. After the bandage is removed, wash your tattoo with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Remove all existing vaseline, plasma/excess ink with your fingertips gently. Do not use anything abrasive to clean your new tattoo.
4. Rinse and pat dry with a disposable paper towel or let air dry.
5. Wash tattoo twice a day (morning and night) until your tattoo is completely healed. Do not over-wash. Regular showering is fine. Do not submerge the tattoo for an extended amount of time until it has healed - this includes baths and swimming.
6. Over the next few days the tattoo will become flaky, dry, and tight. Use a fragrance-free, non-greasy lotion 1-2 times a day sparingly. Rub lotion in until it is fully absorbed into your skin. Do not over-moisturize. If a scab forms, it will be the color of the ink used. This does not mean the ink is going to fall out. Leave the scabs and let them fall off naturally. Do not pick or scratch the area. The tattoo may appear dull until it has completely healed - this is normal and will go away after a few weeks. Wear loose fitting clothing over the area.
SOAPS TO USE
· Mild, fragrance-free soap: Dial, Aveeno Fragrance Free Soap.
LOTIONS TO USE
· Non-greasy, fragrance-free, dye-free moisturizing lotion: Hustle Butter, Cetaphil, Lubriderm, Aveeno, Tattoo Goo, After Inked.
· Do not use anything on the tattoo other than what is previously recommended.
· Do not pick, peel, or scratch your new tattoo.
· Do not under any circumstance use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, or cortisone on your new tattoo.
· Do not use sponges, washcloths, or anything abrasive while cleaning your tattoo. They harbor bacteria and may irritate or harm your tattoo.
· Do not let anyone touch your new tattoo.
· Do not go in a lake, tub, pool, etc. These all contain bacteria.
· Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. This includes tanning beds. A high SPF sunscreen will protect the crispness/longevity of your tattoo in the future.
Remember to keep your tattoo out of the sun for the first few weeks of healing. When the tattoo is completely healed apply a good SPF sunscreen on the tattoo to prevent fading.
Enjoy your new tattoo! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email your artist.