EMERGENCY Care Questions

Types of bandages, and when to take them off.


I will tend to use two different types of bandages. Type #1: soft absorbancy bandage with "sensi-wrap" or Dynarex wrap. This is the bandage is often blue or black and is wrapped with colored or skin toned self-adhesive tape (looks similar to a tensor wrap). Take the bandage off and wash the tattoo before bed, on the day of the tattoo appointment. If you can, let the tattoo breath, this helps it heal. There is a bit of debate about this one, but if you feel more comfortable sleeping with a cover on the first night, you are welcome to. *if a "dressing" is left on too long is can run the risk of infection. do not leave this type of bandage on longer than 24 hours. *Follow washing instructions Provided in Care page. Type#2: Hypafix This is a clear bandage designed as a synthetic scab, to provide a waterproof bandage for clients. This bandage is great for clients who have very dirty jobs, and need extra protective coverage for their tattoo. ex:swim instructors, nurses, chemists etc... Instructions say that you can leave this bandage on for 24-48 hours as needed. Do not exceed the 48 hour time frame. Your tattoo will need to be washed.(you will notice that within the first 24 hours your skin's natural recovery process will kick in.) ***This bandage must be removed with moisture, in a bath or shower. If you remove this bandage dry, like a normal bandaid it will be much more painful and uncomfortable. WARNING: This bandage is not recommended for anyone with sensitive skin, or skin based allergies. Any one allergic to adhesives or medical tape, should not use this product. (Let your artist know) Above all: KEEP IT CLEAN & DON'T PICK AT IT!




WHY is my tattoo SO ITCHY?!


Sadly this is a normal part of the process. Trying not to scratch the itch can be pretty hard. I have found for myself, that It helps to give the tattoo a wash when it is itchy. If you aren't in a safe place to wash it, pat the tattoo gently. It may not be full releif, but it will help. a warm water rinse feels lovely for the itch! **be sure if you are washing more you also dry and moisturize the tattoo.




After Care products?


I have found a new tattoo care product I prefer. I am looking into being able to carry the product in shop, but I need to work a few things out first. If you are fine with ordering online I highly reccomend ordering from InkEeze From all the products I have sampled so far, they are one of the best Tattoo aftercare providers on the market. All of my clients so far have had awesome Heals. If you are working on a sleeve, I suggest the spray or bottle versions as rather than the small cream packets, just because the spray will get you a bit more even coverage and you won't waste any product ;) If you are unable to purchase products online I suggest heading to the "first aid" section at your local Shoppers drug mart. They have a very small section of tattoo aftercare products available usually near the bandages. ***I do not recommend any harsh soaps, as they could irritate the skin. Clean water can do the job just fine ;). ***I also cannot stress this enough, PLEASE do not share product with your freinds. buy your own aftercare and keep it in a safe place.




Something doesn't seem right... weird bumps (Not common, but important to know)


This can be caused by a few different things. early onset bumps, are caused by the use of petrolium based products during the procedure. (vaseline or other) ( There have been a lot of big changes in the industry so this isn't a huge issue any more)Sometimes this product can clogg the pores a little bit, and cause bumps that aren't pimples but kind of look like them. What to do?: be sure to wash the tattoo with JUST WATER. you can still do a hot water rinse and a cold water rinse, but nothing else. Do not use any other products at this time, and be sure to rinse regularly. You want to basically wash the pores of your skin clean. You can return to your normal moisturizing routine once the bumps have gone away. If you have late onset symptoms which look like small bumps, this could also be as a result of heat rash or contact with a chemical or plant, that may have irritated the skin (the tattoo or tattoo pigment may not be the issue). If it is heat rash, be sure that you are rinsing regularly with cool water, keep the area as dry and cool as possible important for recovery with this one. **Be sure to let your artist know if there are any issues with color falling out as a result of the rash. This can be a common symptom if you are out in the sun too long during summer months, or travel somewhere new that is hotter and more humid than your body is used to. Be sure to moniter your symptoms if you have a reaction like hives, or blistering. *Some people may naturally have bumps on their skin, as a result of conditions like a Gluten allergy or other food sensitivity. The ink may make these kinds of bumps appear more visable to the naked eye, depending on their skin. If you are unsure if this is the case for you, seeking allergy testing is highly recommended. If you have late onset symptoms of bumpy skin, that cannot be explained by external influences, you should seek advice from your local dermatologist, or family GP. ***Note: They may perscribe an ointment that could help with symptoms, but negatively affect your tattoo's pigment. Inform your artist if you receive any medication or medicated ointments from your doctors, post tattoo procedure. (this way we can be sure we know what your skin is reacting to, and care care for you better.) We will need to be informed if you show signs of allergies to the pigment. (This is very rare with the new pigments being produced today, but it is important to moniter if this is a concern)




Something doesn't seem right... I have big scabs


Some scabbing is a normal part of the healing process, however there are different kinds, and some are good and some are bad. Bad news: Moist scabs- these look wet and squishy in parts, and hard dense in parts. (this usually means that you have not been washing enough, or have let old white blood cells build up a little too much.) Rinse with Clean, luke warm water 1-3 times daily. DO NOT PICK or try to force the process. It will happen naturally! **Moist scabs can mean to serious infection could happen, so be sure you are cleaning properly. Dry hard Cracking Scabs- usually mean you have let the skin dry out a little too much, you will need to wash with plain water, and use minimal after care lotion. (often times people will let it dry out, and them panic and over moisturize. Just go back to following the normal care instructions. Do not try to over-comensate, if your skin dries out.) NORMAL scabbing and flaking- It tends to feel and look a lot like a sun burn. There is often a layer of skin that flakes off during the first week of healing. With regular washing and moisturizing this process can go quite quickly. It may feel a little itchy and warm for the first few days. Advil can help with the discomfort if needed. The dry skin will look a little like dried colored tissue paper. Do not pull off, or attempt to "help the process along" this can accidently pull up pigment that hasn't set.




ANYTHING MISSING FROM THE FAQ?


If there are any other questions or concerns I have not addressed you are welcome to e-mail me an I can update the FAQ! Don't be shy!




What about when I wash my hair? will that affect my tattoo?


If there are serious concerns about "run off" soap, please be sure to be concious of your tattoo's location while rinsing. try to avoid the tattoo as best as you possibly can. If you find your tattoo comes into contact with your shampoo or body wash products, be sure to Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water.





WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

 

- Wash your hands first. Wash the tattoo with luke warm water, then rinse with cool water.

(or double rinse, hot then cold)

Wash the tattoo 2-3 times per day for a minimum of 2 weeks as needed. (always wash if tattoo comes in contact with germs.) After the majority of the healing is done (1-2 weeks average), you may reduce washing the tattoo to once per day, until the healing is complete.(6 to 8 weeks)

 

- Wet the tattoo with clean water. DO NOT use any other products to rinse your tattoo. Water only!

 

- Gently lather with a mild soap; one that does NOT contain perfume, antibacterial, or antiseptic ingredients. (Do NOT use a washcloth) Using a circular motion with the pads of your fingers and palm of your hand. DO NOT scrub with your nails, especially when the tattoo reaching the stage of pealing. 

 

- Rinse well  with warm first, then with cool water. (warm water helps open the pores when you are rinsing off the soap, and cold water helps close them back up.) 

 

- Air dry the tattoo to evaporate the water from the skin. (Do NOT use a blow dryer.). Patting/dabbing the tattoo dry with a clean, smooth towel, or paper towel is acceptable only when necessary. (Air drying leaves no material behind on the tattoo.)

 

After the tattoo is dry, apply a thin layer of cream to the tattoo.​

 

***Remember - from this point on, the outcome of the appearance of your tattoo now is entirely in your hands!

The better you take care of your skin , the better your tattoo look in the future.

Further more, the healing of your tattoo will take time, so please be patient with your own body and it's healing process. Everyone heals differently! 

 

If you have ANY questions at all regarding your tattoo at ANY POINT during the healing process, Please Contact YOUR ARTIST as soon as possible, so that I may help with any concerns you might have.

Moisturizing Your Healing Tattoo

Once your Tattoo is dry, you will need to apply a non-scented moisturizing product. If your artist has not advised you on which product is best, unscented Lubriderm is one of the safest products that you can use, and is available at most pharmacies. If you choose another brand, you are welcome to, just be sure that this product is unscented! 

 

Moisturize the tattoo AFTER you have WASHED the tattoo, and allowed it to dry.

Please be sure your hands are clean before application.

(this isn't hard, but some people will handle their phones, or get distracted, and then get back to it. and your phone is filthy...)

apply the moisturizer, as you would regular lotion.  If there is any excess of lotion left on the surface of the tattoo, pad it dry with a damp paper towel to remove excess.

***You do not want the tattoo to feel slimey, excessive moisture can attract unwanted bacteria and you may risk infection.  

 

You do not want to share your moisturizing product with other family members.

Having your own personal bottle prevents THEIR germs getting into YOUR tattoo.  

*** If there are any major concerns with the healing process CONTACT YOUR ARTIST before consulting a physician. Doctors will prescribe ointments with anti-bacterial properties that will damage the tattoo.   

 Other Helpful tips

Always use CLEAN bedding/clothing when you are in the process of healing. (Cover the tattoo ONLY when necessary.) 

*it needs to breath to heal, and sometimes clients will wear cloths that are too constricting, which will lead to irritation ad discomfort. 

For sleeping, cover the tattoo with a clean piece of clothing or paper towel for the first few nights, or ask your artist for extra bandages.

If the wound dries and sticks to any fabrics or paper towel , do NOT pull it off straight away! (it will hurt)

Soak the stuck material with luke warm water until it comes off with ease. (this doesn't happen often, but I would rather you know how to handle it, if it does occur.)

Remove the "night bandage" as soon as you wake up. Wash, Let it dry, then moisturize. 

 

 Over time, the tattoo will dry out a little bit, peel, and flake; these are normal steps in the healing process. If you are being sure to clean and moisturize regularly, you should heal with minimal complications.

 

keep your moisturizing cream in cool dry place.

THINGS you DO NOT DO with your tattoo!!!

 

Do NOT soak or submerge the tattoo until it is fully healed. (No hot-tubs, baths, swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, salt/fresh water, etc. for a minimum of 20 days.)  Showers are fine, but excessive moisture will have anegative affect on the new tattoo. Water should only contact the tattoo when you are washing it.

 

Do NOT apply anything else to the tattoo other than what your tattoo artist has given/instructed you to use. (NO alcohol/peroxide. NO questionable creams/sprays. NO unsanitary/unlaundered materials/objects.)

 

Do NOT rub, pick or scratch the tattoo. (Do NOT touch the tattoo unless you are washing and/or applying cream. (only touch with freshly washed hands!)

 

Do NOT suffocate the tattoo, it needs to breath and needs oxygen to heal. (Using too much cream will prevent the tattoos ability to heal.) Expose the tattoo to clean air as often as possible.

 

Do NOT let blood dry on the tattoo, nor let blood dry into any clothing/bandages covering the tattoo.

 

Do NOT use any clothing/bandage that will stick to the tattoo.

 

Do NOT drink alcohol for 24 hours before or after the tattoo is applyed. (Alcohol thins blood, causing more bleeding, which will draw more of the tattoo’s pigment out of your skin.)

 

PLEASE Avoid tanning beds for at least 6 weeks and when tanning use a high quality sunscreen (SPF 45 or higher) on the tattoo. NOT TANNING OIL!!!

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