If using Dermalize:
Leave the initial dressing on until the next morning. Remove, wash your new tattoo with antibacterial soap, dry thoroughly then re-apply new dermalize to the tattoo. Make sure that the dressing exeeds the edge of the tattoo by 1.5 inches. Leave second dermalize application on for a further 72 hours. Once removed and thoroughly washed, you may apply lotion 2-3 times a day. See bottom of page for lotion recommendations!
If not using Dermalize
The tattoo should be kept covered afterwards for at least an hour using the sterile, non-adherent dressing, applied by your practitioner. This dressing is only intended to get you home without the treated area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air. The dressing will also help to stop any bleeding/fluid oozing, but should be removed before it dries on the treated area; After removal of that dressing, gently wash the tattoo site with warm tap water and anti bacterial soap and pat dry with a clean hand towel or tissue. Do not rub or skin will become irritated;
Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the new tattoo site to reduce the risk of introducing infection;
Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo site;
If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented;
Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your tattoo artist or are not intended for open wound healing. You may apply moisturising cream 2-3 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking, but avoid petroleum based creams as they may affect the colour of the treated area. There is generally no need to use any other skin creams/antiseptic products and you should not share skin products with others;
After approximately two weeks, any scabbing should have gone and been replaced with new, intact skin. The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days;
Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation;
Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo site;
Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment;
If you have any problems/queries, contact your practitioner initially. She will refer you onto your GP if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection.
Our recommendation is plain, petroleum-free cocoa butter, only to be used once the tattoo has dried out (after approximately 4 days)
Other acceptable lotions include: E45, coconut oil, Aveeno. Please do not use Bepanthen as it contains lanolin and can block pores and cause spots.
Do not use Germolene, Sudocreme or Savlon as they contain bleaching agents and promote scabbing.
If you have any questions please contact the studio or