Tierney's Tattoo Aftercare Recommendations
1: Listen to your tattoo artist.
2: Leave the bandage on for 2 to 24 hours. Once the tattoo is complete. The bandage is there to protect your tattoo from airborne bacteria, which can penetrate through your broken skin. The bandage should be left on for a minimum of two hours before you remove it.
3: Carefully remove the bandage. recommended maximum amount of time varies between 4 and 24 hours. Tattoos covered in plastic wrap are the exception, plastic wrap should never be left on a new tattoo for longer than two hours.
4: Gently wash the tattoo. I recommend lukewarm water and mild, unscented liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Use your hands to gently rub the tattoo, removing all traces of blood, plasma, or leaked ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon. Do not use a wash cloth, loofah or any type of sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbor bacteria.
5: Let the tattoo air dry. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Once the excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered for 20 minutes to an hour. This will allow the tattoo to breath and any excess moisture to evaporate.
6: Apply ointment. Once your tattoo is fully dry and the skin begins to feel tight you can apply a little ointment, such as Bacitracin or A&D, to the tattoo. Make sure to apply only a very thin layer that's just enough to make the tattoo shine and rub it in gently until it's absorbed by the skin. It's very important that you don't apply too much ointment or else you'll suffocate the tattoo and encourage the growth of bacteria..
7: Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo 3 to 5 times a day. You should continue to wash your tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and warm water until it is fully healed. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 six weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo. You should wash the tattoo approximately three times a day, though you should wash more often if the tattoo is on your hand, wrist, foot, or any other area which is more exposed to germs.