Leave your Saniderm bandage on for up to 24 hours
The Saniderm bandage should stay on for a full 24 hours. Only take it off if it is coming off and risk exposing your tattoo. 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 soap
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.
Heal with Bandages
OPTION1: If you like the bandage, continue your aftercare using one or two more bandages. They are for sale in our shop. Alternatively, buy your own or similar bandages like “Recovery Derm Shield”, “Saniderm,” or “Tegaderm”. We have specific care instructions for this available at the shop.
Heal with Ointment
OPTION2: Apply a THIN layer of Aquaphor 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 3-4 days.
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 may peel like a sunburn. (It is normal to see colored flakes of skin shedding) If it does scab, 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 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! (2-3 weeks)
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.