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Please read all instructions carefully before moving forward with any aftercare.
A tattoo is an open wound and should be treated as such. Your tattoo should only be touched with clean hands to avoid infection. Wash your hands before performing any aftercare on your tattoo. Clean bedding is recommended while your tattoo is healing.
Leave your bandage on for a minimum of 2 hours. Gently remove the bandage while running water over it. If the bandage is stuck to your tattoo, DO NOT tear it off. Instead, continue running water over it until the bandage removes easily. This will reduce the risk of damaging the tattoo. DO NOT at any point, rebandage your tattoo
Once the bandage is removed, wash the tattoo with unscented liquid soap and warm water. Work up a lather with the soap and water, using your hands only – no cloths or exfoliating material. Wash the tattoo off well and rinse with warm water until all the soap is removed. Gently pat the area dry with a clean paper towel and allow to air dry for 10 minutes.
Gently apply a thin layer of Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment or other recommended by your artist, to your tattoo 3 times/day for 3 days. Use only a pea sized amount and rub the ointment into your tattoo using only clean fingertips. Blot off any excess with a clean,
dry paper towel because it is possible to suffocate your skin with too much ointment, which can cause infections, rejection, rash, and skin irritation.
After 3 days, switch to applying an unscented hand lotion to moisturize your tattoo, such as Curel, Lubriderm, Eucerin, etc. A small amount of lotion can be applied daily as needed – when your tattoo looks dry. Lotion should be used regularly for about 10-14 days or until the tattoo is finished peeling.
Around the 4th day after receiving your tattoo it will begin to itch and peel like a sunburn. Your tattoo should take about a month to completely heal and return to normal skin.
DO NOT pick, rub, scratch, shave, wax, or exfoliate your tattoo for at least 2 weeks.
DO NOT soak or submerge your tattoo outside of normal shower routine and washing for at least 2 weeks. That includes NO swimming, baths, hot tubs, saunas, or hot springs.
DO NOT expose your tattoo to sun or UV light (tanning beds) for at least 2 weeks. After 2 weeks always use SPF 50 or higher every time your tattoo is exposed to sun.
DO NOT expose your tattoo to any hair products, cosmetics, fragrance lotion/sprays, cleaning products and harsh chemicals, or body fluids for at least 2 weeks.
DO NOT listen to friends or so-called tattoo experts.
Please contact your artist with any questions or concerns regarding healing, complications, infection, or disease. Your artist is required by law to report any conditions to the Health Department within 24 hours of discovery. Please contact a physician at the first signs of any adverse reaction including but not limited to:
Persistent swelling, fever, redness, rash development, allergic reaction, infection, illness, or disease.
Outside of the normal limits of healing, any concerns that your body art has resulted in complications, infection, or disease should be reported to:
Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Public Health Inspection – Body Art
101 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80202
Please call your artist at RoseLady Tattoo Collective with any questions or concerns.
Note: Failure to follow these aftercare instructions may greatly affect your tattoo and may cause complications.
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