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Tattoo Aftercare

Traditional Aftercare:
  • Leave your bandage/wrap on for at least one hour.  If you would like to re-wrap your new tattoo for the first night of sleeping, wash hands and tattoo thoroughly before applying fresh wrap

  • Wash your tattoo well after removing the bandage/wrap. Wash your tattoo thoroughly (but carefully) using warm water and a fragrance-free liquid soap to remove any excess/dried blood and plasma.

  • Pat your tattoo dry after cleaning it. Use a clean paper towel to dry your tattoo, or let it air dry.  Don’t use bath or hand towels.

  • Apply a small amount of coconut oil or unscented lotion. After cleaning your tattoo, ensure the area is COMPLETELY dry before applying a very thin layer of your chosen aftercare product/lotion to help moisturize and nourish the area.

  • Wash your tattoo regularly. Continue to use a fragrance-free soap and lukewarm water to clean your tattoo at least twice a day.

  • Repeat the cleaning process until the tattoo is fully healed. Remember that your tattoo isn't completely safe from germs and bacteria until it has COMPLETELY finished scabbing and peeling. Continue to wash the tattoo until this point (usually 2-4 weeks).

  • Don't pick and pull at the flaking/scabbing skin. Picking away at your healing tattoo can delay healing, cause fading, and increase the chances of infection.

  • Stay away from the sun. Don't expose your new tattoo to intense sunlight and don't apply any sun lotion to the area until it has fully healed.

  • Don’t soak it. Soaking in water is the fastest way for a new tattoo to get infected. No soaking in baths, hot tubs or swimming pools for at least two weeks.

  • Continue to care for your tattoo. Once healed, limit sun exposure, use sunscreen, and ensure you continue to moisturize the tattoo regularly.

Second Skin/Saniderm Aftercare:

Instructions and video are available at


  1. Clean and dry the tattoo thoroughly.

  2. Cut the SecondSkin™ to the desired length and shape, using multiple pieces overlapped at least one inch if needed. You should account for an extra inch on each side of the tattoo to cover un-tattooed, dry skin.

  3. “Crack” the wave by bending the piece in half at the blue stripe.

  4. Expose the sticky side by peeling off the backing printed with “SecondSkin”.

  5. Smooth SecondSkin™ over the tattoo pushing out any air bubbles.

  6. Remove supportive clear backing by peeling from the blue “wave” and smoothing over skin.


In the first 24 hours, there may be a build up of plasma under the SecondSkin™. This is completely normal. If so, remove the bandage and repeat from step one. Whether or not you change your bandage, leave it on for an additional three to six days. Once you remove SecondSkin™ bandage, keep your tattoo clean and start using aftercare ointment as needed.  



  1. Peel up an edge or corner of SecondSkin™. If this proves difficult, you can attach medical tape to the corner of the film to help lift it.

  2. Slowly pull the film off. Do not pull it straight up away from the skin. Instead, pull the film back and across the skin while holding your skin taut.

You may experience some redness around the tattoo where SecondSkin™ was applied to the un-tattooed skin. This is also completely normal and may occur with any type of medical adhesive. If you do develop an adverse reaction on the tattoo, discontinue use immediately.

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