Tattoo aftercare is an essential part of the tattooing process. After getting a new tattoo, taking care of the area is important to promote proper healing and prevent infection. Here are some tips for proper tattoo aftercare.

A medical-grade, transparent, adhesive bandage (Hypafix), also known as Second Skin, will be applied to your new tattoo. Do not remove the bandage for at least 48 hours – try to avoid excessive sweating during this time. It is latex-free, waterproof, breathable, and hypoallergenic. This will keep your tattoo out of contact with external environments, help reduce swelling and aid the healing process. Any swelling will usually subside in 48 hours. Bruising may occur in some cases. To remove the bandage, soak in lukewarm water (during a shower) and pull the edges downwards. Gently wash the tattoo with unscented soap and pat dry with a clean towel. Skin will become dry and flakey and sometimes form crusts for up to 28 days after being tattooed.


  • Your tattoo should be cleaned once a day with lukewarm water and gentle soap (we recommend a fragrance-free, antibacterial soap)
  • Always pat dry your tattoo with a clean paper towel.
  • Wear loose-fitting, clean clothing that will not rub against your tattoo, especially for the first 2 days.


  • Let your tattoo heal on its own for about 5 days until you apply lotion or a balm. Dry healing is the best!
  • Please use a non-scented lotion/balm that is hypoallergenic if you choose to moisturize, but apply sparingly.


  • An itchy tattoo is okay and is natural. This means your tattoo is starting to heal.
  • If a crust appears on the pigmented treated area, do not pick or peel off the crust. Try to apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizer – this usually helps. Picking scabs can remove parts of the healing tattoo. The dry, crusty tattoo may start to itch—DO NOT ITCH IT. If itching is unbearable, apply a thin layer of soothing ointment or slap the skin instead.


  • Do not touch your tattoo
  • Do not use alcohol, antibacterial spray, or peroxide to clean your tattoo.
  • Do not apply body scrubs or any other chemicals to the pigmented area.
  • Do not expose your tattoo to the sun or tanning booth. If possible, wear a thin layer of sunscreen.
  • Avoid using dirty towels, bed sheets, and clothing.
  • Avoid re-bandaging. If your bandage comes off, leave it off.
  • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, baths, and long showers (any prolonged time in the water) until healed.
  • Do not expose the pigmented, treated area to high water pressure in the shower.
  • Watch out for animal saliva and fur, and keep the area away from animals/pets for a bit.
  • Try to avoid heavy sweating for the first week.
  • Don’t shave the area of your tattoo until it has completely healed!

By following these simple tips, you can ensure proper healing and longevity of your tattoo. Remember to always consult with your tattoo artist if you have any concerns or questions about tattoo aftercare.