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HEALING Your New Tattoo

Did you get Recovery Derm Shield on your tattoo? THen you'll have a seperate healing process! So click here to check that out!

If you didn't get Recovery Derm Shield placed on your tattoo, this next part if for you!

What Do I Need to Do?

A complete aftercare regiment is the most important thing you can do to ensure your tattoo heals properly. Before dealing with your healing tattoo, make sure you never touch your tattoo without first washing your hands with a simple liquid antibacterial hand soap and warm water.

Here are a some simple guidelines to make sure your tattoo heals the way it should.

Day 1 - You did it! 

The painful part is done, but the process isn't over. It is now up to you to ensure your new tattoo heals the way it should.

  • Leave the bandage on for 1-3 hours.

  • Once you remove the bandage in a clean environment, gently wash your new tattoo using just your fingertips with a simple liquid antibacterial hand soap and warm water.

  • Pat your tattoo dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.


Day 2 - The rest of the healing process.

For the next few weeks you'll need to be very cautious when dealing with your new tattoo. Something as simple as a dog hair can cause complications with the healing process.

  • Gently wash your new tattoo 2-4 times a day using just your fingertips with a simple liquid antibacterial hand soap and warm water.

  • Pat your tattoo dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.

  • Gently apply a very thin layer of a water based hand lotion to your tattoo as needed using just your fingertips. DO THIS AS NEEDED! YOU KNOW YOUR BODY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. WHEN IT LOOKS DRY, THEN MOISTURIZE. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR TATTOO HEALING PROCESS! I don't want to to tell you a 'number of times per day' and have it be the wrong amount. Use your best judgement as to when you need to moisturize. You got this! 

  • Do you best to avoid movement in the the tattooed area as much as possible. The less your skin is moved or irritated the easier it will be for your skin to heal.


During the healing process it is highly advised that you do not do any of the following:

  • DO NOT completely submerge your new tattoo in water. It will interfere with the development of new skin in the tattooed area and greatly increases the chance of infection. The chemical residues and bacteria that are present in any bodies of water are highly risky to your new tattoo.

  • DO NOT pick or scratch at your new tattoo. Avoid any situations that might remove a scabbed or flaking area before it is ready. If a part of your healing tattoo is removed before the new skin is developed under it, you'll end up pulling out vital tissue that will likely cause the ink to be pushed out by your body. That results in what will appear to be an eraser mark in your tattoo design.

  • DO NOT expose your tattoo to sunlight. The sun can cause even more damage to your already damaged skin. This can complicate the healing process significantly by not allowing your skin to heal itself properly. You can also greatly increase the chance of your colors fading quicker if you do not allow your skin to heal properly over the tattooed area.

  • DO NOT expose your new tattoo to any other situations that you might think could be harmful. Tanning beds, Chemicals from shampoos, conditioners, dish soap, pesticides, foods, dirt, dirty clothing, are just a few examples of things to try and avoid.

Estimated Healing Time

Everyone heals differently and there are a lot of different factors to consider while your tattoo is healing. If you take care of your tattoo properly you can expect the surface of the tattoo to heal in around two weeks. The entire tattoo should be healed around the two month mark.


If any of the soaps or lotions you are using to heal your tattoo cause a rash, burning sensation or pain. Stop using it and try a similar product. The skin can be pretty particular about what it likes and doesn't like. 


This information is not a substitute for medical care.

If you have concerns about your tattoo, or notice signs of infection or an allergic reaction, please send me a message. 

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