Leave your Saniderm bandage on for up to 24 hours If you see blood or fluid build up before then, it’s a sign that you should take it off early. While wearing the bandage, you can shower and it will protect your tattoo from rubbing or bleeding on clothes, sheets, etc.
After removal of bandage wash thoroughly with warm water and preferably a mild, liquid, UNSCENTED, antibacterial soap. (dial, equate, etc...). Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
OPTIONAL: If you like the Saniderm bandage, you can continue your aftercare using a similar bandage, Tegaderm, which you can buy at some pharmacies. After one or two more bandages for about 3 days each, you can jump to "Ointment Option" below
Apply a THIN layer of product (Aquaphor is recommended) and massage into the skin to the point where it just barely looks moist. Repeat this process for 2 to 3 times a day for 3 days. Be careful not to use too much product.
Apply unscented moisturizer for a week or two
Apply unscented moisturizer (Aveeno, Lubriderm, etc..) for a week or two depending on the how the tattoo looks. It will peel like a sunburn after a few days. (It is normal to see colored flakes of skin shedding) If it does scab in a few areas this is nothing to worry about, just let them fall off on their own. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT THEM and do NOT over-soak in the shower. This could soften them up too much and cause them to come off prematurely which will leave blank spots that will need touching up.
Keep your tattoo clean with soap and water
The most important part of your tattoo healing is keeping it clean with soap and water! Wash it regularly with antibacterial soap and water. Make sure to do this especially after exposing it to potentially dirty or germy situations.
No Sun or Soaking
During the healing process: NO SUN, NO SWIMMING, NO JACUZZIS, NO OCEAN, NO SOAKING in water of any kind!
After your tattoo is healed…. use SUNBLOCK, this will help it look like new longer. Think of it this way, you are looking THROUGH the skin at the ink underneath much like a picture in a frame with glass over it. The better you take care of the glass/skin the better the picture/tattoo looks underneath