Cosmetic Tattoo Aftercare
- Provon Anti-Microbial Lotion Soap
- After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer and Aftercare Lotion
- Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching the cosmetic tattoo.
- Soap should be used no more than 1- 2 times daily. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of soap and gently clean the cosmetic tattoo using only your fingertips. Leave the cleanser on the cosmetic tattoo for no more than 30 – 60 seconds.
- Rinse thoroughly, with cool water, to remove all traces of soap from the cosmetic tattoo.
- Dry by gently patting with a clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria.
- Wait 10 -15 minutes for the tattoo to air dry. This allows excess moisture from swelling under the skin, and also moisture introduced by washing, to evaporate.
- Using a cotton swab, apply a very thin layer of a cosmetic tattoo aftercare product, 2- 3 times daily, for 10 days. Be sure to gently rub the aftercare product completely into the skin and pat with a clean, disposable paper towel to remove any excess.
- The cosmetic tattoo will take 2- 3 weeks to heal. It can take 4-6 weeks for the skin to completely recover.
- Initially, blood and a secretion of a whitish-yellow, clear fluid (plasma) may form some crust on the cosmetic tattoo. Eyelashes may stick together. To remove dried blood or plasma, gently clean the cosmetic tattoo, as directed above.
- Localized swelling, tenderness and minor bruising can be expected.
- Both redness surrounding the cosmetic tattoo and skin that is warm to the touch are normal signs of healing.
- A thin membrane will form to protect the cosmetic tattoo while it heals. This layer will peel off, very similar to a sunburn. It is perfectly normal to see small flakes of colored skin peel off during this period.
- The cosmetic tattoo may appear dull, dry or flaky and, may itch excessively. Itching is natural during the healing process. As a protective measure, the body releases histamine in response to the wound and its sudden exposure to outside elements. Be mindful not to scratch or pick at the healing cosmetic tattoo. Use a moisturizing lotion, as directed above, to help relieve the itch.
- Red or white bumps may form in the hair follicles over an area that has been shaved prior to cosmetic tattooing. This can also be caused by over saturation of a recommended aftercare product or by using the incorrect aftercare product. Please contact us if this should occur.
- A touch-up may be needed for eyebrows or eyeliner and can be done after 4 – 6 weeks. The final color cannot be judged until 6 weeks after any touch-up applications are completed.
- Treat the cosmetic tattoo with the same respect as you would any other kind of broken skin.
- Wash your hands prior to touching the cosmetic tattoo. Leave it alone, except when cleaning or applying a recommended aftercare product or moisturizing lotion.
- Maintain an avid daily hygiene routine throughout the entire healing process.
- The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for the tattoo to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Drink plenty of water.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly.
- During the healing process, showering is okay but you should avoid a steady stream of water on the cosmetic tattoo.
- Replace mascara after each eyeliner procedure.
- Contact lens use may resume after 3 – 4 days.
What To Avoid
- Avoid caking or globing on a recommended aftercare product. Your skin needs to breathe to heal and smothering it with a thick layer of aftercare product will extend the healing time and damage the cosmetic tattoo. Do not wrap or bandage the cosmetic tattoo.
- Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area and vigorous cleaning or soaking the cosmetic tattoo. These activities can cause disruption of the soft tissue resulting in irritation, the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue and many other complications.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or around the cosmetic tattoo.
- Avoid submerging the cosmetic tattoo in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.
- Avoid the use of isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on or around the cosmetic tattoo.
- Avoid using Bactine and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These products should not be used on puncture wounds or over large areas of the body.
- Avoid all petroleum based ointments such as Neosporin or Bacitracin, as they can collect and promote the growth of bacteria. Do not use or Vitamin A & D Ointment.
- Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the cosmetic tattoo, including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
- Avoid all facial spa services, including laser treatments, on or around the cosmetic tattoo.
- Avoid saunas, steam, and excessive sweating.
- Avoid direct and indirect sunlight, tanning beds and the use of tanning products on or around the cosmetic tattoo. While cosmetic tattoo pigments may initially simulate the exact color and tone desired, they may not always remain true. Cosmetic tattoo pigments are constant, while your own skin color will vary depending on exposure to cold, heat, sun, and circulatory changes. Exposure to UV rays, sunbathing and tanning can cause your healed cosmetic tattoo to appear faded. A sun block of SPF 35+ or higher will help prevent this.