What you will need to help your tattoo heal:
- Simple Shield or Hustle Butter: An unscented lotion for the remainder of the healing process or throughout healing if ointment is not used. (Simple Shield and Hustle Butter are both vegan products and are available at Liquid Amber)
- Simple Cleanse: Unscented soap to wash your tattoo for the first 1-3 days (depending on piece).
- Paper Towel: You will need a clean roll of paper towel to dry off your tattoo. Make sure you have a roll at home. (Not available at Liquid Amber)
- REST: Don’t plan to go out right after your tattoo. You have an open wound. Treat it as such. Go home and rest!
When you leave Liquid Amber you will have a bandage on your tattoo. Please note, once bandage is removed after 3-5 hrs of leaving our shop, you MUST NOT re-bandage your tattoo for the duration of the healing process!
Follow these instructions step-by-step if you have a black or blue bandage on:
#1. Remove bandage after 3-5 hours. (Check with artist. Times may vary depending on tattoo.) If it sticks to your skin, wet bandage with warm water to aid in removal.
#2. Wash hands with hot water and soap.
#3. Pump Simple Cleanse in clean hands. Lather. Under hot water, gently clean the tattoo until surface no longer feels slimy.
#4. Dab dry with clean paper towel. (Do not use a towel as they carry bacteria!)
#5. For the first 3 days of healing, remove any moisture/weeping that appears on your tattoo by washing the tattoo as instructed above. Listen to your body. When unable to wash tattoo, wash hands and dab a piece of clean wet paper towel to remove visible moisture. Always allow tattoo to dry after washing and before applying Simple Shield.
#6. After the 3rd day, your tattoo will most likely start to look flakey and may begin the itching stage. This is normal and you should continue to moisturize with Simple Shield as needed. (2-3 times / day)
- Avoid getting your new tattoo wet! Washing it slightly with clean fingertips for the last few seconds of your daily shower is OK if you think the tattoo may be dirty.
- If scabs form, do your best to keep them on the tattoo as long as possible. Any scabs that fall off prematurely can take part of the ink out.
#7. To relieve some of the itching, you can pat lightly or simply apply a small amount of lotion to the tattoo with clean hands.
IF YOUR ARTIST HAS USED SANIDERM BANDAGE ON YOU (CLEAR ADHESIVE BANDAGE):
-It is waterproof and breathable, so feel free to shower while it is on.
- After 48 hours, peel off this layer. Your tattoo may look 'gooey'-this is normal. Wash the tattoo with clean hands and unscented soap.
- Follow instructions for aftercare above.
- If you notice you are having an adverse reaction to the Saniderm, TAKE IT OFF and wash the area as above. This includes severe swelling/pain/redness/rash.
THE QUICK NO-NO's:
No direct sunlight on your tattoo, No swimming, No water activities of any sort, No itching, No picking, No sun bathing, no re-bandaging (unless directed to do so with Saniderm), no vigorous activity that can rub scabs off or make you sweat heavily, no rolling in sand, dirt or mud! Nothing that could hinder the healing of your new tattoo for a full 2 weeks!
ADDITIONAL HEALING TIPS:
Do not soak/submerge your tattoo in water for the first 2 week! Only allow water on tattoo for as long as it's needed to wash.
Avoid letting your tattoo be in the sun for at least 2 weeks. New tattoos can burn easily. Also, please note, some inks can cause a histamine reaction due to a foreign substance in your skin and you may experience slight irritation on your tattoo months after it's healed. AFTER IT'S HEALED: make sure you're wearing sunscreen while in the sun to protect your tattoo from fading!
Don’t let any one (including yourself) touch your tattoo with dirty hands for the first 2 weeks.
Wear loose clothing to avoid rubbing and irritation of the tattoo until it's healed. (This includes bras in some cases ladies!)
Small amounts of color may leak onto clothing or sheets for the first few days. This is normal...but it will stain! We recommend black cotton.
Do not re-bandage! Air needs to get to your tattoo to heal properly. If you are working in a dusty environment please wear long sleeves or clothing that loosely covers you new tattoo.
If you are doing any sports regularly, it's best to wait until they are over to get tattooed.
We do not recommend going to bars, gyms or hospitals for the initial stages of healing as these places carry many strains of bacteria.
Elevation, nutrition and fluids are essential after a tattoo, so be good to your body.
Be careful not to cross contaminate your lotions and creams! Clean fingers, and never touch ends of the pump on containers.
When you are in shower avoid getting soap, hair shampoo, conditioner, hair dye or any other cleaning products on the tattoo other than the Simple Cleanse soap recommended.
DO NOT use any antibiotic ointments, petroleum based products (Vaseline), aloe vera, preparation-h, bees wax, lanolin, citric acid, tea tree oil, canuba or candilla wax, oleic acid, coconut oil, alcohol, lemon grass or old bottles of lotion hanging around your house. All of these products can hinder in the healing of tattoos for the following reasons:
Petroleum products do not allow the skin to breath properly clogging pores and setting up an environment for bacteria to thrive in.
A lot of these ingredients are stringent and can cause irritation to the skin and overly dry out a tattoo. Some can cause burning and allergic reactions. Antibiotic ointments such as bacitracin, Neosporin, and polysporin will heal your tattoo too quickly and can push ink out. If you believe your tattoo may be infected, contact us immediately!
Preparation-H has shark liver oil which forms a physical barrier on the skin and provides no benefits such as decreasing swelling or itching of tattoos.
If an infection does occur stop all aftercare, call us, and consult a physician.