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Aftercare

Aftercare instructions will differ from studio to studio and from artist to artist. Always listen to your artist directly on their own aftercare instructions to ensure a safe healing process. The below is just a guide.

At Home

Bandage

• Keep your bandage on overnight.
• As soon as you wake up, remove your bandage.
• With clean hands, wash the area with lukewarm water and unscented soap.
• Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Leave to air dry

Transparent Bandage

• After 72 hours remove bandage slowly, in the direction of your hair growth.
• With clean hands, wash the area with lukewarm water and unscented soap.
• Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Leave to air dry

Keeping Clean

• Your tattoo should be cleaned once or twice daily with lukewarm water and soap.
• If you choose to clean the area in the shower, wait until the end of your shower to do so.
• Clean your tattoo with soap that works best for you, we recommend a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic soap.
• Always pat your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel.

Moisturizing

• We'd recommend to let your tattoo heal on its own for about 3-5 days before you apply lotion or a balm. 
• When moisturizing, please use a non-scented lotion/balm that is hypoallergenic.

Dress Loose

• For the first 42 hours wear loose-fitting, clean clothing that will not rub against your tattoo.

Healing

• An itchy tattoo is okay, itching means your tattoo is starting to heal, this is natural.
• Please do not scratch and/or pick your tattoo, if you need, simply tap your tattoo with clean fingers to reduce the discomfort or apply a light layer of non-scented lotion.

What to Avoid

  • Don’t touch your new tattoo!
  • Do not use: alcohol, anti-bacterial spray and/or peroxide to clean your tattoo.
  • Avoid using dirty towels, bed sheets and clothing.
  • Please use clean items during your healing process.
  • Avoid re-bandaging, if your bandage comes off, leave it off.
  • Do not moisturize with petroleum jelly or balms that limit your skin to breathe.
  • Avoid most water (pools, hot-tubs, baths) until healed, showers are fine.
  • Keep your new tattoo away from direct animal hair and saliva.
  • Do not shave the area of your tattoo until it has completely healed!
  • Try to avoid any heavy sweating for the first 72 hours.
  • Contact us if you have any questions or concerns

Aftercare Kit

Inside Out provides an aftercare kit that is available to purchase in store. This provides everything you need for the best tattoo healing process. Includes lotion and soap that are both plant-derived, vegan, cruelty-free and free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates.

 

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