When your tattoo is finished, I put a thick layer of Bacitracin on it and cover it with a bandage. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 3 hours. If you have a large piece on the side you sleep on, or you get your tattoo late at night, you may leave the bandage on overnight, but no longer. Air must be allowed to get to the tattoo to heal it.
After you remove the bandage, wash your tattoo by hand (Do not use a washcloth for the first 4-5 days) with a non abrasive soap and then dry it by patting dry with a soft towel (Do not wipe the towel across the tattoo). Wash the tattoo 2-3 times a day.
This is the most important step. Apply a THIN layer of Bacitracin ointment. If your tattoo looks shiny, it’s too thick. (You can also use A&D ointment. If you have an allergy to petroleum based products you can use vitamin E oil). This must be done as often as necessary to keep your tattoo moist, as many as 6 times a day or more. Using too much will result in a thick, gooey scab which will pull color out, and using too little will result in the tattoo cracking and developing a thick, hard scab which will also pull color out. Proper care will result in your tattoo healing as quickly as possible.
Typical healing is as follows: In about 5 days, your tattoo will develop a light scab. In 2 weeks, it will look shiny; this is new skin. About a week later your tattoo will loose that shine and be healed. Remember, if your tattoo itches, don’t scratch it; slap it. This will take care of the itch without tearing up your new tattoo.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments, feel free to call me at (850)934-8287.