As with any wound, handwashing is considered to be the most important measure in preventing the transfer of infectious material, and therefore preventing the spread of infection.
1. Clean hands thoroughly with anti-microbial soap and rinse with tepid water.
2. Gently lather your tattoo with a gentle soap or anti-microbial soap using your fingertips and working in small circles from the center of the tattoo outwards.
3. Rinse with warm water and gently blot dry with a clean towel or disposable paper towel.
4. Let air dry for 10 minutes and apply tiny amount of aquaphor to entire area, and blot excess off with clean paper towel. repeat 3 times a day for 3 days.
You should clean your new tattoo at least 3-4 times daily and allow it to breathe and dry out for the first 48 hours to lessen the chance for infection or contamination. Occasionally, articles of clothing may become adhered to the new tattoo. DO NOT pull the garment from the tattoo without first saturating the fabric with warm water as damage may occur.
After 72 hours, apply a small amount of plain white, unscented lotion to the tattoo after cleaning. Continue cleaning the tattoo daily and applying lotion as necessary. Many clients choose to apply a range of petroleum-based products to their new tattoo. Examples of these include, but are not limited to: A&D ointment, Neosporin, and Triple Antibiotic. As these products may encourage faster heal-time, they may also encourage contamination and infection if applied incorrectly. If using these products, DO NOT leave a sticky, shiny surface, as this may allow dirt, hair, lint, and other gross debris to adhere to the open wound and increase the chance for infection or contamination.
During the first 48 hours, inflammation is common. Inflammation is NOT an indication of infection. The new tattoo will take approximately two (2) weeks to initially heal. A hazy layer of proteins will remain, clouding the tattoo. This will last approximately two (2) weeks as the fibroblasts lay a new bed of collagen and produce new capillaries.
Avoid exposure to the sun and chlorinated water during the healing phase. Use a moderate level of UV protectant beyond that. Treat your new tattoo as a lifetime investment......because IT IS!