Looking After Your New Ink

Your New Tattoo Aftercare Recommendations

  • Right after getting tattoo, your artist will cover it with a plastic film, also known as second skin. Keep it on for 2-3 hours to protect the tattoo from outside bacteria and to allow the initial healing process to begin.
  • Once you remove the second skin, gently wash the tattooed area with warm water and a gentle wash. Use your clean hands or a soft cloth, avoiding scrubbing or harsh motions. Pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply a thin layer of a suitable tattoo aftercare balm (such as Bepanthen Tattoo or Dr Pickles Tattoo Balm) using a clean finger to keep the tattoo moisturised throughout the healing process for the next two weeks. Avoid using petroleum-based products as they can clog pores.
  • It’s normal for your tattoo to itch during the healing process, but resist the urge to scratch or pick at it. Scratching can introduce bacteria and prolong the healing time or even cause damage to your new tattoo.
  • For the first few weeks, avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight and submerging it in bodies of water such as pools, hot tubs, or baths. If necessary, protect your tattoo with clothing or a non-stick sterile dressing when in the sun or water.
  • Avoid tight or abrasive clothing. Please consider wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing that won’t rub against or irritate your healing tattoo. Avoid rough fabrics that can cause friction.
  • Throughout the healing process, gently clean your tattoo daily with mild soap or gentle wash and water. Pat it dry with a clean towel and apply a thin layer of Bepanthen Tattoo Balm or any tattoo balm ointment designed to look after your new ink.
  • Every tattoo and healing process can be different, so it’s essential to follow any additional aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist at Coastline SMP. They may have specific recommendations based on the size, placement, skin type or complexity of your tattoo.

Remember, proper aftercare is crucial for the healing and longevity of your tattoo. If you experience any signs of infection, prolonged pain, or other concerns, consult with your doctor and contact us promptly.Get in contact.

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