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How To Care For Your New Tattoo


If your tattoo is covered with Second Skin, you should keep the second skin on for 4-5

days. During this time, it is normal to see some fluid build up beneath the second skin. (If the

second skin begins to leak, you must remove the second skin and follow the standard

aftercare instructions listed below). After 3-4 days, remove the second skin gently under warm

running water. To take the second skin off you must stretch from each side rather than peel it

off like a Bandaid. When you stretch the second skin it allows the adhesive to come off the

skin without disrupting the tattoo and taking any ink with it. Wash the tattoo with a mild, fragrance-free soap or warm water (6. on the standard aftercare) At this point, your tattoo

should be well into the healing process - you may use an unscented, non-greasy lotion (like

Hustle Butter, E45, Eucerin Aquaphor or Aveeno Unscented moisturizer) to keep the tattoo

moisturized. DO NOT moisturize your tattoo with Vaseline – this does not let the skin and the

new tattoo breathe.


1. Leave covering on for 2-3 hours or as instructed by your artist. 2. Wash your hands well with soap before touching your new tattoo. 3. After the covering is removed, wash your tattoo with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free

soap. Remove all existing vaseline, plasma/excess ink with your fingertips gently. Do not use

anything abrasive to clean your new tattoo. 4. Rinse and pat dry with a disposable paper towel or let air dry. 5. Wash tattoo twice a day (morning and night) until your tattoo is completely healed. Do

not over-wash. Regular showering is fine. Do not submerge (soak) the tattoo for an extended

amount of time until it has healed - this includes baths and swimming. 6. Over the next few days (usually about 3 days) the tattoo will become flaky, dry, and tight. Use a fragrance-free, non-greasy lotion 1-2 times a day sparingly. Rub lotion in until it is fully

absorbed into your skin. Do not over-moisturize. If a scab forms, it will be the color of the ink

used. This does not mean the ink is going to fall out. Leave the scabs and let them fall off

naturally. Do not pick or scratch the area. The tattoo may appear dull until it has completely

healed - this is normal and will go away after a few weeks. Wear loose fitting clothing over the


SOAPS TO USE · Mild, fragrance-free soap: Aveeno Fragrance Free Soap, Simple, Dove.

LOTIONS TO USE · Non-greasy, fragrance-free, dye-free moisturizing lotion: Hustle Butter, Cetaphil, Aveeno

Unscented Moisturizer, Tattoo Goo, E45, Eucerin Aquaphor.

DO NOT! · Do not use anything on the tattoo other than what is previously recommended. · Do not pick, peel, or scratch your new tattoo. · Do not under any circumstance use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, or cortisone on your new

tattoo. · Do not use sponges, washcloths, or anything abrasive while cleaning your tattoo. They

harbor bacteria and may irritate or harm your tattoo. · Do not let anyone touch your new tattoo. · Do not go in a lake, tub, pool, etc. These all contain bacteria. · Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. This includes tanning beds. A high SPF

sunscreen will protect the crispness/longevity of your tattoo in the future.

Remember to keep your tattoo out of the sun for the first few weeks of healing (at least 3

weeks). When the tattoo is completely healed apply a good SPF sunscreen on the tattoo to

prevent fading.

Enjoy your new tattoo! If you