The Basement Ink Tattoo Aftercare Instructions There are many ways that you can take care of your new tattoo or body piercing. Each individual tattoo artist and piercer has his or her way of doing things and care instructions will vary although every tattoo artist and piercer agrees on the following simple tips. 1. Do not pick scabs. This will cause scars, bleeding, and color loss. 2. Do not wear tight clothing over your new tattoo. Air flow is essential in the healing process. 3. Do not submerge yourself in hot tubs, saunas, or chlorinated water until the tattoo heals. Showers are fine, but avoid excessive scrubbing or too much pressure on the tattoo site. 4. Never use Vaseline as aftercare. 5. Leave the bandage on for 1-6 hours after tattoo is applied. a. The artist will tell you exactly how long the bandage should remain on the tattoo. b. When the bandage is ready to be taken off as indicated by the artist’s specifications, you will need to rinse the excess ink and Vaseline off of the tattoo site using warm water in a clean sink. c. Then, using a soft cloth and antibacterial soap, wash your tattoo. d. Pat your tattoo dry; do not rub. Apply lotion at your discretion. See number 6 below for more information about lotion application. 6. Only apply lotion or ointment to your tattoo when it feels dry and/or itchy. Lotion and ointment inhibit air flow to the tattoo, and as mentioned above, air flow is essential in the healing process. If you choose to use lotion or ointment, consider the following options. a. Lotion Lubriderm, Eucerine, Curell, or Tattoo Goo. No matter which lotion you choose, avoid lotions that contain fragrance and/or lanolin. b. Ointment A & D is typically used for rashes, but it has the same effect as lotion when used lightly. Spread a very thin layer on the tattoo twice daily but no more. Too thick of a layer will prevent air flow from reaching the skin and will prolong the healing process. 7. Other tattoo tips: a. If your tattoo is on your ankle or foot, do not wear nylons. Also, if you have to wear socks, wear them inside out because the fuzzies stick to the tattoo b. Do not wear white clothing over your tattoo for at least one week; ink, blood, and Vaseline may get on your clothes. c. Use old, clean bed linens until your tattoo is healed so that ink, blood, and Vaseline do not soil your good linens. d. When your tattoo starts to itch, lightly slapping usually relieves the itch. e. If you will be in the sun, apply sunscreen to your tattoo to prevent the pigment from fading. Do not forget to reapply throughout your exposure. The Basement Ink Piercing Aftercare Instructions There are many ways that you can take care of your new tattoo or body piercing. Each individual tattoo artist and piercer has his or her way of doing things and care instructions will vary although every tattoo artist and piercer agrees on the following simple tips. 1. Clean your piercing 3-5 times each day. a. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your piercing. b. Using a damp cotton ball, gently rub the area around the piercing to remove any crusty buildup. c. In the shower, apply liquid antibacterial soap to your fingertip and spread around the piercing site and jewelry. Rinse the piercing site thoroughly to ensure that all soap has been removed. d. Out of the shower, use a sea salt solution or a sea salt, H2Ocean, product. e. Pat your piercing dry with a clean paper towel. 2. Do not wear tight or dirty clothing over your new piercing. Air flow and cleanliness are essential in the healing process. 3. Do not remove or rotate your jewelry unless your piercer says otherwise; if infection is possible, contact your piercer for further instructions. 4. Avoid contact with other bodily fluids until piercing is fully healed. This includes unprotected sex if you have a fresh, unhealed genital piercing. 5. If you use regular towels in the cleansing process, make sure that they are clean. 6. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, glyoxide, ear care solutions, or ointments on your piercing. Air flow, balanced blood flow, and the skin’s natural moisture are essential in the healing process. The products mentioned here can seriously alter your body’s ability to heal properly. Ask your piercer for other alternatives.
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