AFTER THE TATTOO
Tattoo aftercare starts in the tattoo Studio. Once the tattoo is done, the artist will apply a thin layer of after care cream over the entire tattooed area. We will then cover the area completely with plastic wrap or a second skin.
As tempting as it can be to remove the protective cover to look at the tattoo, the second skin or plastic wrap should stay on for at least a few hours after the process. The length of time will depend on the size and location of the tattoo.
This covering protects the open skin from bacteria, sunlight, and from rubbing against clothing.
THE FIRST 24 hours
After usually no less than 5 hours, it is safe to remove the plastic wrap and wash the tattoo.
After thorough hand-washing, a person can gently wash the tattoo with warm water and a paper towel.
The tattoo may appear as if it is oozing ink or a thick, sticky substance. This reaction is not a cause for concern, as it is just the excess fluid and ink from the tattoo process.
After washing, a person should pat the skin with a clean paper towel and apply a small layer of PAWPAW ointment,Hustle butter or COCONUT OIL and re-wrap the tattoo over night, this ensures the tattoo is clean from any germs or bacteria beds may have in them, after you wake up the morning after your tattoo session it is best to re wash the tattoo and apply the ointments provided for the first 18-24 hours it is safe to remove all plastic wrapping.
For the first couple of days, the tattooed skin may feel warm to the touch and have a reddish appearance. The colors may also appear very bright against the rest of the skin. The tattoo will become less vibrant as the healing process continues.
A person should avoid submerging the tattoo in water or getting the tattoo wet during the first 1-2 weeks, except for when washing it.
It is suggested to use the ointment or creams your artist has requested you to use, applying 3-5 times a day depending on the dryness of your tattoo
What not to do
- Avoiding soaps and moisturizers with any fragrances or harsh chemicals. Even if a product does not normally irritate the skin, it may irritate the tattooed area.
- Not picking at scabs, as this can cause scar tissue to form.
- Not scratching the tattoo even if it becomes itchy.
- Avoiding non-cosmetic grade petroleum moisturizers, which will clog the pores.
- Not using sunscreen on the tattoo until it has fully healed.
- Not swimming and bathing until the tattoo has healed.
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