FAQS How do I take care of my new tattoo?

How do I take care of my new tattoo?

One of a Kind Tattoo Healing Instructions

* Depending on the individual's care and reaction to the process, it may take from one to two weeks average time to heal.

1. Leave bandage on for two hours and then carefully remove the bandage.

2. Clean the tattoo with liquid antibacterial soap gently; soaking a tattoo in water is a bad idea. Shower whenever but quickly and without soaking the tattoo with dirty water from your upper body. *Coat with ointment ONLY during showers so as not to allow tattoo to get soaking wet. Wipe off after shower.

3. Apply a thin layer of A&D ointment, Bacitracin, or comparable product as sparingly as possible, with a clean applicator or thoroughly washed hands. Do not let dirty hands or reused towels touch your tattoo.

* A&D ointment is the preferred product to use because some people may have an allergic reaction to the zinc and other ingredients found in products such as Bacitracin or Neosporin ointment. If you are not allergic to these products they are fine to use. Otherwise buy and use A&D ointment because it contains the fewest of these reaction-causing ingredients. Old or open jars of anything can be a source of infection so try to buy A&D ointment in a collapsible tube IF AVAILABLE.

4. DO NOT REBANDAGE except in cases of work hazards, dirty bedding, smoky air or rubbing clothes. Apply a thin layer of ointment 4 times a day or more.

*Avoid skin to skin contact with people or pets. Avoid Injuries. No new unwashed clothing. No UV light. No Chlorinated water (i.e. pools or hot tubs). No salt water. No soaking in water. No motor oil or gasoline. No scratching. No picking. No peeling. No touching. No swimming. No sauna. No Jacuzzi. No soaking in bathtubs. No sun. No tanning salon. No contact sports. No lawn mowing. No wood stacking. No shaving (of the tattoo). Tap water, hands, clothes, breath and bedding are major everyday sources of bacteria and viruses, BEWARE. Communicable infectants are carried by people, animals, the humidity and usually our own hands and breath.

5. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience abnormal persistent pain, prolonged swelling, prolonged redness, pus, prolonged healing (3weeks+) or other unusual symptoms. It may be due to allergy, infection, disease, or other complications. If you are not sure whether your tattoo is healing properly, contact your tattoo artist (778-9768).

*If you work in a hospital or other medical or clinical setting (nursing home, doctors, dental office, labs) be very careful not to come into contact with anything in the building with your new tattoo. Bandage with a sterile NON-STICK bandage while at work to protect from any such accidental contact. Use surgical type hand scrub at home after work before caring for tattoo.

6. After 2-4 days stop using the A&D ointment and SWITCH TO A MOISTURIZING SKIN CREAM OR LOTION (a dry skin hand lotion). Lubriderm is the preferred hand lotion to purchase, with no fragrance and no dyes. The type of skin lotion you purchase is not as important as the act of actually using it. Purchase a quality name brand, such as: Vaseline Intensive Care, Jergens, Nivea, Lubriderm, or Curel. Allergic Reactions: may appear as a pimply redness soon after initial contact with allergen, or cause slow healing and scarring or a lasting redness. Lanolin in some lotions causes allergic reactions in some people. Bee’s wax in some lotions can clog pores and is not recommended. If a reaction occurs discontinue use or lotion, wash with alcohol, let dry for the day and switch to Vaseline lotion or a different brand of skin lotion (look at the label, do not purchase lotion with same ingredients as in reactive brand). Some people may have an adverse reaction to the particular pigment used in the tattoo ink this may result in swelling or itching. This can usually be relieved by using a topical corticosteroid cream and keeping the tattoo out of direct sunlight. Some people may have allergic reactions that occur in certain colors when exposed to sunlight. This is rare and if it does occur do not scratch or pick at the area, as this will only increase the reaction.

*ANY concerns or questions please contact Jeremiah at One of a Kind Tattoos (491-9768), and your doctor if necessary.


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