Leave your dressing on for a minimum two hours (maximum five hours), this is to prevent any air-borne bacteria infecting your wound, and to allow the dressing absorb any oozing fluids.
After removing your dressing, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use antibacterial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and completely clean the area.
Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive, your hand is fine.
Pat dry (do not rub dry) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.
Follow with application of Bepanthen.
It is very important to wash your tattoo 3-4 times a day for the first 3 days. The first 3 days are the risk of getting infection. Wash it every time before apply the cream, and wash your hands before washing your tattoo.
A Good Tattoo is 50% You, Good After Care!
Make sure the tattoo is constantly moisturized and never left dry for the next 10 days! If you leave it dry, you will not be able to get it moist again. It will create a scab and the scab will take the ink out and your tattoo will heal muddy!
You will need to continue to apply Bepanthem 3-5 times a day for the next 7-10 days.
Do you have any pets at home? If so, keep them away from your fresh tattoo!
During the healing process AVOID:
It’s important to keep you tattoo clean during the healing process, especially in the first day or two.
As your tattoo starts to heal it will itch, its very important that you do not scratch the area or pull off the pealing skin. Should you cause your tattoo to bleed at this point, which is very easy as the new skin covering your tattoo is still very fragile, you will likely lose colour in that area.
Swimming: Should be avoided for the first few days, as should soaking in a Jacuzzi or your bath at home.
Sunlight/Tanning: Your tattoo should only be exposed to long periods of sun after is it fully healed and then only with a strong sunscreen applied.
Steam rooms/Saunas: Should be avoided during the healing process.
The healing process of your new tattoo is between 7-10 days.