A new tattoo is exciting, but it’s also a wound that we need to treat as such. When you leave the shop the tattoo may ooze a little over the next few hours - that’s okay because, again, it’s a wound.
When you get home and settled into a place where you can cleanly wash your tattoo you can carefully take off the bandage. Next, wash your hands thoroughly and using clean hands wash the tattoo gently with liquid soap, rinse with warm water, and dab dry with a clean towel (paper is fine). Once dried off, let it air out for a few minutes and apply a very very thin layer of Aquaphor*. That‘s pretty much it for your first cleaning!
- Remove bandage an hour or two after you get home.
- With clean hands, gently wash the tattoo.
- Carefully pat dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a super thin layer of Aquaphor.
- Do not reapply bandages - its time to let it air out.
For most people it works best to clean the new tattoo twice a day for 3 days using Aquaphor sparingly. Then, keep cleaning twice a day for 3 days except switch to an unscented white lotion - preferably something you know your body works well with. But, any high quality unscented white moisturizing lotion should do the trick. And, that takes you through the almost the first week.
- Wash tattoo twice a day for 3 days finishing with a thin layer of Aquaphor,
- Wash tattoo twice a day for 3 days finishing with a thin layer of white unscented lotion.
Your immune system is really doing all the work and your job is just to help it along. So, sleeping, eating and (I cannot emphasize this enough), staying hydrated is key to keeping your tattoo exactly where you want it to be.
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