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This advice is a written reminder of the advised aftercare already given to you by your tattoo artist. Getting a tattoo involves breaking the skin surface, so there is always a potential risk of infection occurring. Your tattoo should initially be treated as an open wound, it is important that this advice is followed so the risk of infection can be minimized.
Avoid any touching, scratching or picking of the tattoo site.
Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo.
Your new tattoo will consist of an area of tiny skin breaks, caused by the tattooing needles, so it should be kept covered afterwards for at least an hour using the sterile, non-adherent dressing, applied by your tattoo artist. This dressing is only intended to get you home without the area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air or foreign objects.
After removal of the dressing, give the tattoo site a good hot wash with gentle non-perfumed soap. For example, dove gentle soap. Always pat dry with kitchen roll or a clean cotton towel. Do not rub, or skin will become irritated.
Shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented. Never fully submerge or soak your new tattoo in water until it is fully healed. If you have a power shower never expose the healing tattoo directly to the flow of water.
Do not use skin products on the area that have not been recommended by your tattoo artist or are not intended for open wound healing. After about a week, or when you notice the tattoo start to dry out, you may apply tiny amounts of E45 1 or 2 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking. The cream should be fully absorbed into the skin and not sat on top. Avoid petroleum based or oil based creams, as they will affect the tattoos ability to breath! There is generally no need to use any other skin creams or antiseptic products and you should never share skin products with others.
After approximately two weeks, any flaking should have subsided and been replaced with new, intact skin. The area should now be completely healed in a further 10-14 days.
Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sunlight/ chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation. Try to wear loose, cotton clothing and keep your tattoo protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment
Seek medical advice immediately if there are any signs of adverse reaction or infection. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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