Tattoo Aftercare

Tips to Heal Well

The first three to five days are the most important stage of healing. Keeping your tattoo clean and moist during the healing process is the most important key to a good tattoo.

Follow these steps to ensure your tattoo heals properly:

  • Remove bandage in 1-2 hours unless your artist tells you otherwise.
  • After washing your hands thoroughly, wash the tattoo gently with warm water and antibacterial (odorless) soap. Wash the tattoo at least three times a day. Do not wash with wipes or harsh fabrics.
  • Pat dry gently, then air dry for at least 10 minutes.
  • Carefully rub a thin layer of tattoo aftercare after each wash for the first three days. Rub in thoroughly until almost faded. If too much is applied, gently pat off with a clean paper towel.
  • Begin using an unscented moisturizing lotion when the tattoo reaches the “flaking stage” and throughout the rest of the healing process.
  • Moisturize daily for the next 2-4 weeks.



  • Do not touch or scratch your tattoo.
  • Keep your tattoo clean.
  • Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight while it heals. Sunburns and tanning are always bad for your tattoo, even after fully healed.
  • Avoid swimming or soaking in a bathtub for at least a week – no hot water.
  • Do not apply any lotion other than what is recommended by your artist.

Listen to your artist, not your friends.



  • Change your bed sheets frequently, especially if you have pets.
  • Wear loose clothing around the tattoo. Repeated friction will irritate your tattoo and may cause redness and swelling.
  • Foot tattoo – try wearing ballet flats instead of flip flops to avoid irritation.
  • Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin helps tattoos heal faster.
  • Your tattoo should heal in approximately 10-14 days, depending on skin type, health and proper aftercare.

Some redness or puffiness around the tattoo is normal, especially if it is covered by clothing. Other reasons for redness to appear is excessive saturation of lotion or allergic reactions (tattoo ink, lotion, perfumes, detergent, etc.) This can usually be alleviated with a topical corticosteroid cream or Benadryl. If you have signs or symptoms such as extreme redness at the site, green/yellow discharge (bad odor) and/or fever, STOP using any lotions or ointments and contact your artist and/or physician. To avoid color fading, keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!