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Covering Up A Tattoo:
We took the time to cover up your tattoo for a very good reason to keep airborne bacteria from invading your wound, Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two (2) hours.
Washing And Treating A Tattoo:
After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Antibacterial soaps are actually better and recommended to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a wash cloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case.
After thoroughly washing, pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of ointment of your choice. Tat-Wax or A&D ointment that we provide you with should be your first choice. Apply a thin layer of ointment to the area of the tattoo for 5 days only. Over moisturizing your tattoo with A&D will slow down the healing process.
**Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps to form. When these bumps go away, so does the ink, and you can end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.
Applying Lotion After The 5th Day:
After the 5th day, you can discontinue to apply ointments such as Tat-Wax, H2Ocean, or A&D. It is not necessary after this time since your tattoo has started to heal. You can now use an over the counter product which will work just fine. Use lotion to keep the skin soft. Whichever lotion you do decide to use, make sure it is dye and fragrance free. Baby Lotion or Eucerin is the best in this case. Continue using the moisturizer for two (2) weeks. As soon as your tattoo begins to feel a bit tight and/or dry, feed it moisturizer. The more you do so, the quicker the skin will heal over. The idea is to prevent scabbing. Please do not scratch, pick or peel your tattoo. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing process.
After the healing process (~2 weeks) stop by the shop so that we can take a look at how everything is healing to make sure your tattoo is 100% perfect.
All aftercare products are available for purchase at the shop, offered at a discounted price for our customers.
What You May Need:
Antibacterial or Antimicrobial Liquid Soap
Cotton Tipped Swabs
Small Disposable Cups (2-4 ounces)
Paper Towels Or Cleanly Washed Cloths
Cleaning Your Piercing:
Wash your hands thoroughly. Never touch your piercing or jewelry with dirty hands.
Saturate a cotton ball with warm water, and gently wipe away any crust or crusties that have gathered around the piercing site. Throw the cotton ball away.
Apply a generous amount of liquid soap to your fingertip, and apply to the piercing site and jewelry. Make sure you get soap everywhere, but rotating the jewelry is not necessary as long as you work the soap around the piercing and jewelry completely.
Rinse the piercing and jewelry several times with warm water, ensuring that all of the soap has been removed.
Dry your piercing with a clean paper towel.
Cloth towels, especially those that have already been used can harbor bacteria and germs. This is why it is safest to use a disposable paper towel. Other single use items such as gauze, napkins, etc can be used. If you must use a fabric cloth or towel, make sure it is clean.
Acceptable Healing Aids & Products:
Tea Tree Oil This soothing liquid cools and refreshes an irritated piercing. Use only high quality tea tree oil that has been diluted with distilled water.
Emu Oil A universal healing product that has been discovered to also produce exceptional results when healing a piercing.
H2Ocean Although some would call it glorified saline solution most do report excellent healing results with this product.
Saline Solution Less expensive and more readily available than most other products, saline solution is very effective in soothing and healing a new piercing. it is also an acceptable substitute for sea salt soaks.
DO NOT USE:
Hydrogen Peroxide Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, but it also kills the white blood cells trying to heal your piercing. It can cause irritation and lengthen overall healing time.
Rubbing Alcohol will dry the skin and irritate the raw piercing, which could actually lead to infection
Glyoxide This is a product that contains hydrogen peroxide and hinders healing rather than aiding it.
Ear Care Solution Solutions that are provided by jewelry boutiques and department store piercers usually contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and other harmful chemicals that only aggravate a new piercing.
Ointments Antibacterial ointments or similar products only clog pores and/or kill good cells trying to heal the piercing.
If you're still not sure, or have any questions/doubts feel free to call us.
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