AFTERCARE

TATTOO AFTERCARE

CLEANING SOLUTIONS
  • Aquaphor Healing Ointment
  • Mild Soap, recommended, Dr. Bronner's unscented castile liquid soap
      WEEK 1
      1. Remove bandage within 2 hours, DO NOT rebandage
      2. Wash with mild soap.
      3. Apply paper towels dampened with hot water to tattoo for 30 seconds
      4. Rub a small amount, enough to cover the tattoo without leaving excess on the surface, of Aquafor into the skin.
          Repeat 3-4 times a day for the first 4 to 5 days. After the fourth day you do not need to continue with the first 4 procedures any longer. Instead use only a non-scented lotion without aloe or vitamin E (we recommend Curel or Lubriderm). For the next week and a half continue to use only lotion 2-3 times daily. Try to wear loose clothing around the area during the healing process.
          Do not submerge or soak your tattoo by swimming in the pool, ocean, or hot tub for the first 2 weeks.
          Keep out of the sun and tanning booths for a month. The sun can fade your tattoo even after it's healed so always wear SPF
          Keep your grubby mitts off ‘em, your hands are dirty and will carry bacteria to your beautiful new tattoo and possibly cause an infection.
          It is normal for your tattoo to itch, flake and peel like a sunburn within the first two weeks. Resist the urge to pick or scratch your tattoo to prevent pigment loss.

           

           

          PIERCING AFTERCARE

          CLEANING SOLUTIONS
          • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label), or a sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1∕8 to 1⁄4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free), fine-grain sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm distilled or bottled water. A mixture of 1⁄2–1 teaspoon of salt to a quart (32 oz.) of water can be made and stored in the refrigerator, then a small amount can be dispensed and warmed for use each time. A stronger mixture is not better; saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
          • A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap.

          WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

          SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.

          SOAP once a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing for up to thirty seconds, or follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

          RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

          DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry causing injury.

          Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soaps containing triclosan, 3 iodine, or any harsh products, as these can damage cells.

          Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions, and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZk). These can be irritating and are not intended for long-term wound care

          Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing

          Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.

          Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing

          Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

          Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. 

          Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

          Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

           

          SURFACE ANCHORS

          These piercings require maintenance during their entire lifetime because matter can build up underneath the threaded top causing the piercing to become irritated.

          Saline soaks are suggested at least weekly, even after the piercing is fully healed.

          Avoid putting makeup on these piercings even after healing.

          Even with proper care, surface anchors may be less permanent than other body piercings.

           

           

          *Disclaimer: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention.

           

          *Piercing aftercare provided by the Association of Professional Piercers, for more information visit www.safepiercing.org