- Remove protective foil (bandage) 2 to 6 hours after the new tattoo is completed. The bandage should be left on for a minimmum of 2 hours before you remove it.
- Gently wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and antibacterial soap. Use your hands to rub the tattoo gently, removing all traces of blood, plasma, dried fluids or leaked ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon. Don´t soak in hte tub.
- Pat the tattoo dry with a soft, clean towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation.
- Wash and dry the tattoo 3-5 times a day. Let a spores of the skin close by keaping the tattoo clean and dry for the first 1-2 days. This will help healing process.
- After the first 1-2 days of only washing, once the tatto is fully dry, and the skin begans to feel tight, you can start to applying small amount of proper ointment. Make sure to apply a very thin layer and rub it in gently until it´s absorbed by the skin. It´s very important that you don´t apply too much ointment, or else you will suffocate the tattoo and encourage the growth of bacteria. Don´t use lanolin or petroleum-based products, such as vaseline, as these are too heavy and may clog the pores, causing breakouts on the tattoo. They also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo to fade before it´s even fully healed. Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo at least twice a day until the scab is gone.
- Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo. As it heals, the tattoo will begin to scab. This is normal, and the scabs should be allowed to dry out and fall off by themselves. Don not try to help the process along by picking at the scabs. This may cause the scabs to fall off prematurely, leaving holes or light spots on your tattoo.
- Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight for at least 3-4 weeks, until the initial healing process is complete.
- Stay away from swimming pools, jacuzzis, saunas etc for at least 3 weeks.