This tattoo will take approximately two weeks to heal. It will be tender for the first few days, and then it will develop light scabs and appear crusty. These will usually flake off. During this period, the tattoo may look ugly, and it may seem that its color is falling out with the scabs. DON’T WORRY; this is a normal part of the process! During the next stage, the tattoo looks basically healed, but is still waxy or shiny on the surface. The directions below should be followed until the last stage has passed and the tattoo is fully healed.
Leave the bandage on for at least two hours. Remove the bandage and do not re-bandage it. Wetting the bandage while removing it will prevent it from sticking to your skin. Wash your hands, and then wash the tattoo lightly, using mild soap and water. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Whenever washing the tattoo use fingers only, gently, and be brief. NO SCRUBBING! Apply bacitracin gently for the first day or two. Each day thereafter, keep the area clean and apply a fragrance free, dye free, basic lotion three to five times a day. Don’t use so much lotion that the tattoo becomes greasy, but don’t let it dry out completely between applications either. Make sure your hands are clean every time you touch the tattoo and don’t let anyone else touch it!
For the entire period that the tattoo is healing, only use fragrance free, dye free lotion. No exceptions! This is extremely important. Many products that seem as if they would work can ruin a tattoo. No Vaseline, baby oil, alcohol, peroxide, mineral oil, bag balm, vitamin E, aloe, polysporin, Noxzema, natural remedies, etc. We do NOT recommend Neosporin. It is not a good product for healing a tattoo; many people have reactions to it and it often pulls color out of the tattoo. On some occasions some individuals may develop a reaction to the lotion they are using. You will know that this is happening if you develop bumps or pimples in the tattooed area. This is not a serious problem. Simply wash the area and switch to a different fragrant free, dye free, basic lotion.
DO’S, DON’TS, AND DETAILS
You can shower as normal, but for the first two-week healing period do not submerge the tattoo in water. No swimming, hot tubs, or saunas. It will grossly interfere with the healing process and could cause infections and scarring. Do not expose your tattoo to sunlight for the initial two-week period. Keep it covered with clothing. The healing tattoo will react violently to sun exposure, no matter how short the duration. Do not pick at the tattoo! Let the scabs flake off on their own, no scratching, rubbing, or abusing the tattoo in any manner!!! Once your tattoo is healed, you may go in the sun, but keep in mind that the sun rapidly fades even the best colors, and the sooner you age your skin, the sooner you age your tattoo. Don’t use sunscreen for at least one month after getting the tattoo, and at that point do a patch test first to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
Despite the constant efforts to ensure that all our pigments meet the highest standard of quality and purity, the application of some pigments to some individuals may cause allergic reactions, due to the sensitivity of the person. Sacred Rose Tattoo, and whomever it may designate as its operators, disclaim any responsibility for an allergic reaction of any person to whom pigment is applied. The tattoo is not guaranteed when you leave the studio. We have given you the very best in art, the very best in color, and the tattoo was applied expertly under the most sterile conditions. You are responsible for its care in the next few days. It’s easy. Treat yourself right, and enjoy your new tattoo!