Proper Tattoo Aftercare

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1. Wash your hands.
2. Remove the bandage after 2-4 hours. Do not re-bandage.
3. Using standard hand soap and cool water, massage your tattoo with your fingertips to break up any remaining blood or ointment. Do not use anything abrasive, such as a brush, sponge or washcloth to clean your tattoo.
4. Do not over-saturate your tattoo with water. Avoid pools, baths, lakes, hot tubs and extended showers until fully healed.
5. Do not let the stream of water hit your tattoo directly while showering. Water should hit above and flow downward to rinse your tattoo.
6. Pat dry with a towel.
7. Allow the tattoo to air-dry for a few minutes.
8. Apply small quantities of Aquaphor to your tattoo and rub it completely into your skin. With the applied Aquaphor, your skin should be as close to its natural texture as possible.
9. Do not over-medicate, as it will cause your skin to "weep" ointment and pigment. If "weeping" occurs, wash your hands, clean off ointment with standard hand soap and cool water, reapply Aquaphor and rub it completely into your skin.
10 Continue applying Aquaphor 3-5 times a day for 3-5 days to avoid dryness and scabbing. Never medicate a scab. Scabs should be allowed to heal naturally without picking, scratching, etc.
11. After 3-5 days, your tattoo will begin to peel like a sun burn. You may either apply non-scented lotion to accelerate the peeling and alleviate itching, or allow your skin to peel naturally.
12. Check with your tattoo artist after 1 month to ensure it has healed properly.

If your tattoo loses pigment during the healing process, see your tattoo artist within 6 months for a free touch-up.