Congrats! You are the proud owner of a new tattoo. But it’s not finished yet! The better you take care of it, the better it’ll turn out.
- The tattooist has just wrapped your tattoo in some cling film. You can leave this on for about 2 – 3 hours. This enables your skin to rest a bit and the cling film will hold the moist that will come out.
- After the 2-3 hours you can wash your tattoo carefully.. Make sure to use lukewarm water (if it’s too hot, it’ll hurt). Firstly wash your hands with the Unicura soap. Then foam some soap in your hands, moisten the tattoo and gently wash and rinse. It’s normal that some of the redundant ink comes off.
- Softly dab it dry with a clean towel. Try to use a clean towel after every wash, especially the first days while the wound is still open.
- Put on a thin film of Bepanthen.
- Repeat for 2 to 3 times a day, till at least the scab is off..
- Wear clean clothes and make sure you don’t wear wool; the small hairs can get stuck and cause an infection.
- When it’s scabbing it’s okay to put a little bit of Bepanthen on the tattoo a few times a day to prevent it from bursting/dehydrating. When it’s itchy: don’t scratch, that’s too much a risk of the scab coming off. And that could damage your tattoo.
Furthermore, mind that:
- You touch your tattoo as few times as possible;
- No one else uses your Bepanthen;
- You don’t use any dehydrating disinfectants on your skin, like Sterilon of Betadine;
- You don’t wear band aids or bandages over your tattoo;
- You don’t wear clothes that are too tight or dirty;
- When working in a dirty, dusty environment, you seal the tattoo off with cling film. But try to do that as few times as possible;
- You don’t go swimming or take a bath, go to the sauna or spa, sunbathing/solarium until the wound is healed. After that it is possible to go swimming, but with sunbathing you will always have to use a high protection sunscreen.
- When you have any insecurity about the healing process of your tattoo; extreme redness, bleeding, swelling, pussing, color change in the skin or pain, you contact your doctor immediately.