Your freshly done tattoo will ooze plasma for a short while and should stop oozing within thirty to forty-five minutes after it’s done.
By the time you get home you need to remove any bandages and wash the area with cool water and a mild anti-bacterial soap.
Dry the area with a clean paper towel and apply a thin, even coat of first-aid ointment. Do not gob it on. Do not use petroleum jelly.
The following ointments are suitable;
- Triple Antibiotic Cream
- A+D Ointment® without zinc
- Hydrocortisone Acetate Cream
- Preparation H®
If you prefer boutique care products here are my top recommendations;
H2Ocean Ocean Care Tattoo Aftercare
Tattoo Goo Tattoo Aftercare
Organic Tattoo Aftercare Balm
Apply the ointment daily as needed. After a week you can use a skin moisturizer that does not contain lanolin. The following moisturizers are suitable;
Keep tattoo area clean and well moisturized during the healing process. Do not…
- …expose tattoo to dirt or grease.
- …expose tattoo to direct sun.
- …expose tattoo to public water.
- …expose tattoo to harsh irritants.
- …pick at scabs or flaking skin.
Your tattoo should heal in about two weeks*.
Wear clean, loose clothing. Put ‘junky’ sheets on you bed as excess ink is released during the first few days. Avoid extended covering with bandages. Tattoo colors lighten and brighten as they heal.