How to Take Care of Fresh Tattoos: Dos and Don'ts

What to do when you have just made a tattoo in Las Vegas? Follow these useful recommendations from a professional tattoo artist.

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Aftercare

SecondSkin is a medical-grade, transparent adhesive bandage that protects new tattoos while they are healing. Your bandage can be left on for up to 5 days after it has been applied to your new tattoo. It is waterproof, breathable and protects the tattoo from bacteria, debris and irritations, while also helping to save clothes and linens from ink and blood.

It is completely normal for your tattoo to weep fluid beneath your bandage in the first 24-48 hours. This does not mean that you need to remove the bandage. If you notice excessive fluid or the bandage becomes detached from the skin exposing the tattoo, discontinue use, wash with mild soap and follow the Traditional Aftercare Instructions below.
DO
DO
Shower Normally
SecondSkin stays on skin even when immersed in water so you're able to shower as normal. It is waterproof, however excessive exposure to water should be avoided because it could weaken the adhesion.

Use Antibacterial Liquid Soap
Bar soap is not sterile, it can hold bad bacteria and can pass it on to your tattoo. Invest in a bottle of unscented antibacterial liquid soap.

Wash Your Hands
Anything you touch potentially has bacteria on it. Once your bandage has been removed, always wash your hands prior to touching your tattoo while it's still in the healing process.
Don't
DO NOT
Soak Your Tattoo
In any bodies of water (lakes, oceans, bathtubs, pools, etc.) for at least one month after getting your tattoo.

Sunbathe or Use a Tanning Bed
SecondSkin does not contain any kind of sun protection, so you should avoid prolonged sun or UV ray exposure for at least a month after getting your tattoo. We do not recommend exposing your new tattoo to UV rays, ever with or without SecondSkin. Even after your tattoo is fully healed, continue to use sun protection to maintain the integrity of your tattoo colors.

Exercise
It is not suggested to exercise with SecondSkin because sweating can weaken the adhesive and cause the bandage to come off prematurely. So it may be best to take it easy and avoid heavy sweating in the area of your tattoo for at least two weeks after getting your tattoo.
do

DO

Leave Your Bandage On
For at least 2 hours. However your bandage can be left on longer or overnight, it will not harm your tattoo or the healing process.

Clean Your Tattoo...
After removing your bandage and 2 times daily for the first week. Rinse gently with mild soap (Dial or Dr. Bronners) and warm water, then apply a thin layer of ointment (Aquaphor or Lush's Ultrabalm if you're Vegan) after patting dry with a clean paper towel.

...Especially After Sweating!
When you sweat you release toxins which sit on the surface of your tattoo, increasing the chances of infection. After heavy sweating, you must wash your hands and your tattoo before re-applying a thin layer of ointment.

Wash Your Sheets, Towels Clothes
Directly after or before getting your new tattoo. While you sleep you shed skin, sweat and hair. Anything in your bed or on dirty towels and clothing can come in contact with your tattoo and increase the chances of infection especially within the first 72 hours.

Wash Your Hands
Before touching your new tattoo. Believe it or not, your hands are not clean. After you wash your hands, anything you touch afterwards (door handles, cups, hair, face, the list goes on) has bacteria on it and therefore your hands become contaminated.
don't

DO NOT

Use Bar Soap
Bar soap is not sterile, it can hold bad bacteria and pass it on to your tattoo. Invest in a small disposable bottle of antibacterial liquid soap.

Let Pets Near Your Fresh Tattoo
They track harmful bacteria everywhere they go. Wash and reapply ointment after contact with animals or anything the animal comes in contact with such as sheets, furniture, etc.

Wear Restrictive Clothing
If your tattoo forms a scab do not let it stick to anything. When you pull away, the scab will pull off with it. This pulls ink out and can cause scarring and loss of color. If your tattoo does end up sticking to clothing, rinse the area (and clothing) with warm water to loosen the cloth from the scab without ripping it off.

Workout
Avoid heavy sweating for at least 5-7 days after getting your new tattoo.

If you feel your tattoo is not healing normally at any point, please text us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

SecondSkin Removal
  1. In the first 24 hours, there may be a build up of plasma under the SecondSkin™. This is completely normal. If so, remove the bandage and repeat from step one. Whether or not you change your bandage, leave it on for an additional three to six days. Once you remove our SecondSkin™ bandage, keep your tattoo clean and start using our aftercare cream as needed.
  2. Peel up an edge or corner of SecondSkin back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Pulling upward can be painful. Rarely, some people will find it difficult to remove, in this case try removing in a warm shower. The warm water will loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove.
  3. Slowly pull the SecondSkin off. Do not pull it straight up away from the skin. Instead, pull the film back and across the skin while holding your skin taut.
  4. Wash tattoo thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  5. Once tattoo is clean and dry, apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to your tattoo as needed.
You may experience some redness around the tattoo where SecondSkin was applied to the un-tattooed skin. This is completely normal and may occur with any type of medical adhesive. If you develop a serious reaction, discontinue use immediately and follow traditional aftercare.

Aftercare
Your tattoo and the area around it may be slightly swollen and red for the next week. Color may seep to the surface (it is ok to wipe this off with a damp, clean paper towel and reapply a thin layer of ointment after drying.) Do not let your tattoo stick to sheets or clothing, this can pull out ink.
A thin scab should form evenly over the entire tattoo and should peel similar to a sunburn.
Do not pick at the scab. The color may seem dull or uneven while your tattoo is healing. Your tattoo should be completely healed after one month. Shading may seem dark but will fade up to 40% throughout the healing process.

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