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Tattoo Aftercare


  • Keep your bandages on for 1 hour

  • Only clean tattoos with antibacterial soap and water

  • Use A & D Ointment aftercare 3 to 4 times a day for 5 days

  • DO NOT pick or scratch

  • DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo

  • DO NOT expose to direct sunlight for the next 2 weeks

  • DO NOT shave over tattoo while it heals

  • NO swimming, hot tubs, jacuzzi, or saunas for 3 weeks


So, how can you make sure that your new tattoo is something you don’t end up regretting?


Follow these steps while your new tattoo heals.

  1. Be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage.

  2. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and be sure to pat dry.

  3. Apply a layer of antibacterial/Vaseline ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage.

  4. Gently wash your tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently pat dry before reapplying the antibacterial/Vaseline ointment. 

  5. Keep applying a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it to keep it moist.

You should repeat this process for 2 to 4 weeks. Also try not to wear clothes that will stick to your tattoo, and avoid swimming and the sun for about 2 weeks. And take cool showers. Scalding hot water will not only hurt, but it can also fade the ink. Wear a physical blocker sunscreen with at least 7% zinc oxide sunscreen during the daylight hours and/or cover it up (with clothing, a bandage).


If your tattoo scabs a bit or develops hard layers, don’t worry. It’s normal. But never pick, scratch, or peel it. You could get an infection or remove the color. If you think your tattoo is infected, or isn’t healing properly, go see your doctor.

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