t a t t o o s b y
t a t t o o s b y
After years of trial and error and trying different methods of tattoo aftercare, on both myself and feedback from customers, I have finally put together what i feel is the best method in healing my tattoos.
Every artist knows how their tattoos heal and should be the first point of contact if anything seems concerning during the healing process. It is an individual process depending on size, style, colour, skin condition, placement etc. Please don't take aftercare advice from your mate or from random people on social media, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at any point.
YOUR SHOPPING LIST
Things you will need to buy prior to getting tattooed
STANDARD AFTERCARE ROUTINE
After leaving the studio, keep the cling wrap cover on for 1-2hrs, after this time you will need to wash your fresh tattoo (in the shower is the easiest) with warm water and a mild soap (try using an unscented soap for sensitive skin or if you prefer an antibacterial hand wash) use your fingertips (not a cloth) to wash and rub any excess blood, ink and plasma away (stop when it isn't slimy anymore). once clean, switch the water from warm to cold for a minute (this will help close your pores and aide in healing)
Once clean, pat (dont wipe) your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel then let your skin air dry for 20-30mins before applying a fresh wrap (cling wrap is fine or you may prefer to use a non stick wound dressing) secure the wrap with surgical tape (this is less irritating to the skin than regular tape)
Once your skin starts to feel tight or it’s drying out / no longer weeping (this may be in the next day or 2) you can start using an aftercare balm… apply a thin layer of aftercare balm or a natural hand cream, after cleaning and after letting your skin air dry for 30mins (just enough to make your skin shiny, dont over do the cream)
You'll need to repeat the process above a few times a day (around every 4-6hrs or so) each time washing, pat dry, small amount of balm/cream, air dry for 20-30mins and re-wrapping for 4-6hrs, using a clean fresh wrap each time
After the recommended time (4-7 days) you can leave the wrap off and just clean twice a day and applying balm / cream only your skin feels tight, dry or itchy
'SECOND SKIN' TATTOO PROTECTIVE FILM
If you were wrapped with the special 'SECOND SKIN’ tattoo film in the studio, it's advised to leave the film on for around 4 days (or. up to a week) the film is breathable and waterproof, so you can just go about your days and forget about it... No need to take off or re-wrap at all. It's great way to keep your tattoo clean and promotes faster healing by tricking the skin that it has a scab over the wound... You may experience fluid (ink, blood, plasma etc) into air bubbles under the film... This is normal... If it gets uncomfortable or worried it may burst, just get a pin and prick a hole in the air bubble to release the fluid (you’ll need a tissue)... You shouldn't need to take the film off at all until at least day 4... If the film itself is irritating you, take it off, wash well with soap and follow above instructions with cling wrap until day 4
From day 4-7, when you’re ready to take the film off: Stretch film under the shower, then peel off... it may be hard to peel off, so use a bit of force... Wash well with soapy water, let dry, once skin feels tight (later that day or sometimes even the next day) apply balm... You only need to use balm or moisturiser when ever your skin feels tight / dry... Your tattoo should go straight into a light peeling stage a day or so after.... Keep clean and moisturised with balm / moisturiser until fully healed
HOW LONG DO I LEAVE THE WRAPPING ON FOR ?
The science behind the cling wrap / film is that it prevents your healing skin from losing moisture, it keeps the ink in, and traps essential oils that are kept moisturised by the aftercare cream and allows for rapid synthesis of your damaged skin cells which regenerate at an incredibly accelerated rate that cannot be matched by dry healing your tattoo, without wrapping. You are giving the wound as much air as it needs and also washing it every 4-6 hrs keeping it well hydrated, moist and in an environment that promotes faster healing than traditional non wrap methods. The washing in between wraps and using fresh wraps will keep the wound as clean as it needs to be without the risk of infection.
During the first stages of healing, your skin may swell, be extra sensitive, be a little red and may peel... this is all normal!
However if you think its looking too red around the edges, is burning, painful, bubbling, oozing, looking infected or you are concerned with anything at all, please contact me asap with photos to [email protected] with 'AFTERCARE ADVICE' written in the subject line
Once you leave the wrapping off you will have very light peeling, and may slightly itch, don't scratch!! you can ease up on the washing routine and stick with keeping it clean as needed, you can also switch to a moisturiser during this stage (if you are wanting something a little lighter than the aftercare cream), don't over use the cream / moisturiser... its only needed when its feeling tight / itchy / dry
By following this aftercare routine you will experience
Your tattoo should be healed in 7-10 days (or 10-14 days for full colour) although it can take about 1-2 months for the ink to fully settle into the skin... this is why your freshly healed tattoo may still look a little shiny or raised for a bit longer
If you have any concerns at anytime during healing, don't hesitate to email me at [email protected]
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