- Leave your bandage on for at least two hours.
- After removing your bandage, wash your tattoo with Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap. Wash your hands thoroughly then, using two fingers, gently lather a small amount of soap on your tattoo. Rinse with warm water, and gently pat dry with a CLEAN towel. You will do this once a day for the next two weeks.
- Moisturize. Use some sort of fragrance-free hand lotion; Lubriderm, Curel, Aquaphor, Eucerin, or Cocoa Butter are all good. Check your tattoo every hour or so. If it’s dry, wash your hands and massage a small amount of lotion into the tattoo. Don’t over-apply your lotion! If it feels gooey, if it looks really shiny, if your clothing sticks to it, you have put on too much. Your tattoo needs to breathe to heal!
- Keep your tattoo covered with clean, loose, breathable clothing for the first two weeks.
- Do not pick, rub, or scratch the tattoo.
- Do not expose your tattoo to the sun for two weeks.
- Do not submerge your tattoo in anything for two weeks. Getting it wet in the shower is fine, just don’t dunk it. That’s pools, spas, bath tubs, hot tubs, rivers, lakes, oceans, swamps, ANYTHING.
- Do not re-bandage your tattoo.
- Do not use Vaseline, lanolin, or petroleum based products.
- Do not use alcohol or peroxide.
Your First Tattoo - What to Expect:
- Your tattoo will feel like a mild burn for the next 5-7 days.
- It will begin to peel and flake like a sunburn. Don’t help it peel! Let it do it on it’s own.
- During and for a few days after you peel, expect it to itch- that means it’s healing. Don’t scratch or rub your tattoo, but give it a good smack. That’ll shut it up.
After Your Tattoo Has Healed:
- Continue to protect your tattoo from the sun by always applying a sunblock SPF 30 or higher.
- We guarantee our work. If it needs any touchup, lets your artist know; it’s free. We want you looking good!
* The amount of time it takes for the piercing to heal enough to change the jewelry varies from piercing to piercing- ask your piercer.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning or touching your piercing.
- Soap twice a day (when you wake, and before bed) with Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap. Use your fingertip to gently lather the area, rinse thoroughly with hot water. DO NOT LEAVE SOAP IN THE PIERCING.
- Soak your piercing at least 3 times a day in a saline solution (1/8 to ¼ teaspoon non-iodized sea salt in 8 oz. hot water) by either creating a seal and inverting the cup, or by using a saturated gauze pad.
- Treat portions of the piercing outside of the mouth as described above.
- Rinse with Biotin mouthwash EVERY time you eat, drink (except water), or smoke.
- DO NOT eat or drink anything containing an active yeast culture (beer, wine, cider, yogurt, lambic) for the next three weeks.
- Avoid any foods that are too spicy, salty, or crunchy for the next two weeks.
- DO NOT use chewing tobacco until your piercing is healed.
Normal for Piercings:
- Initially, tenderness, some swelling, bruising, bleeding.
- Some discoloration, tightness of the piercing, off-white fluid (not puss) that will dry as a yellowish pale crust on the jewelry, and a mild itching are all normal during healing.
- It is normal for piercings to appear healed before healing is complete. Piercings heal from the outside in. Keep your jewelry in the piercing and keep cleaning it as instructed for the entire healing period.
- Friction from tight-fitting clothing, playing with your piercing, and cleaning your piercing aggressively with items other than those listed above.
- DO NOT use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, hibiclens, ointments, bactine, or betadine.
- All oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
- Submersion. Getting wet in the shower is fine, just don’t dunk it in anything.
- Cosmetics, beauty products, lotions, and facial cleansers need to be at least an inch away from the piercing.
- Make sure that your clothes, bedding, and anything else that might touch your piercing is clean. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing to protect your piercing while you sleep.
- It is not necessary to rotate jewelry during healing, except during cleaning.
- Stay healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier you are, the healthier your piercing shall be.
- Call studio with any questions you have.