How Long Do You Keep Second Skin On Tattoo?

How Long Do You Keep Second Skin On Tattoo

To Remove –

  1. Test an edge: Pick an edge of the bandage and peel it away. If it’s difficult to remove, try taking a warm shower to help reduce the stickiness
  2. Remove slowly: Pull the second skin off slowly. It’s very similar to removing a plaster. If you pull too quickly, it’s going to sting. You might also damage the new layer of skin underneath. Just go slowly, and you’ll be fine
  3. Clean: Make sure you wash your tattoo carefully after removing the bandage and apply moisturizer

It’s totally normal to see some ink or blood under the bandage. This will usually appear within the first day. If you want to, you can replace the old dressing with a new one, following the application instructions. You can leave a second skin on for as long as it feels comfortable to you. Most people remove it after three to four days.

Can I take second skin off early?

YOUR TATTOO NOT ONLY REPRESENTS YOU, BUT ALSO THE QUALITY AND REPUTATION OF OUR TATTOOISTS AND STUDIO Please remember whilst tattooing your skin is being traumatised and during the healing process you should treat it as an open wound, keeping it clean and rested.

  1. It is natural for your skin to sometimes swell, feel sore, bruise and look painful;
  2. Please note this aftercare advice is our guideline as healing can alter from person to person, all skin types are individual and people heal differently;

If you don’t follow this advice your tattoo is likely to not heal very well and potentially get infected, in some rare cases the tattoo may even heavily scab with puss coming out, this, in our experience only occurs with poorly looked after tattoos. Your tattooist will recommend one of two types of aftercare methods for your new tattoo: ​ DURING HEALING

  • DO NOT – participate in heavy exercise, sunbathe, go swimming, use sunbeds or saunas, rub the new tattoo, pick or scratch the scab, re-cover (except when instructed by the tattooist or to protect from exposure from possible hazards).
  • AVOID – Perfume, fake tanning, dirt, oil, grease, paint, industrial cleaners, caustic substances, raw meat, non-tattoo creams or ointments.
  • We do not recommend Bepanthen as it is not designed for tattoos. If you use other kinds of moisturisers or creams which are not specifically designed for healing a tattoo you run the risk of compromising the quality of the tattoo. They may also contain ingredients that could prolong the healing and or bleach the colour of the tattoo.
  • APPLICATION OF AFTERCARE BALM – Lightly smear the balm over the whole of the tattoo with clean hands, from the first day until it is fully healed. Do not satirize the fresh tattoo with the balm. We recommend El Gato Negro Tattoo Care available to buy from the studio.
  • HEALED TATTOOS – When the tattoo is exposed to the sun for a long period of time use a high factor sun cream (f50). You may also find that using a cream that is made specifically for tattoos ever so often will help keep your tattoo looking fresh and vibrant.
  • If you have any concerns regarding your new tattoo, especially if you think it has swelled too much or is too painful or itchy, please contact us first before consulting a Doctor. In most cases, we have seen or experienced these symptoms and they are normal or due to poor aftercare

​ Method One, Clingfilm

  • The tattooist will protect your tattoo with a wrap of clingfilm to help keep it clean and moist. Keep the clingfilm wrap on for approximately 2-3 hours after tattooing. You then may be advised by the tattooist to rewrap your tattoo with clingfilm. This is to continue to help keep the fresh tattoo clean and protected from bacteria. Try not to wear tight-fitting clothes over your fresh tattoo during this healing process.
  • After 2-3hours have passed from the tattoo being done remove the clingfilm wrap. On removal of the clingfilm wrap, wash your hands first then gently wash the tattoo with lukewarm water using a mild soap we recommend El Gato Negro Tattoo Wash available to buy from our studio. Pat dry with a clean paper towel and apply a tattoo aftercare balm again we recommend El Gato Negro Tattoo Aftercare available to buy from our studio.
  • Re-applying clingfilm to a tattoo is only suggested to clients who can wash & re-wrap the tattoo approximately 3 to 4 times a day for a maximum of 3 days. If you are in a job where you are unable to change the dressing the recommended amount of times, do not redress the tattoo after the original dressing has been removed. Just continue to apply aftercare as advised above.
  • If at any point, any part of the tattoo is left to breathe for too long and dry out do not continue to re-wrap the tattoo, just continue with the aftercare as advised. Do not wear tight clothes, do wash and clean and apply aftercare balm as advised above. Once your fresh tattoo is exposed, it will have a higher chance of infection. This is very rare and should be a very minimum risk if you follow our aftercare advice.

If you feel like you are having a reaction to wearing the clingfilm like a rash or itchiness, do not continue to re-wrap the tattoo, just continue with the aftercare as advised above, and if concerned please contact us. ​ ​ Method two, Second Skin

  • The Tattooist may apply a sticky second skin film, called either Dermalize , Saniderm , Yayo Guard or EZ 2nd Skinz. You are advised to leave this on for up to 5 days. Please do not take this off when you get home so you can see your new tattoo!!
  • During this period, you will not need to apply any aftercare. Under the second skin, the tattoo will go gooey, this is normal and will be absorbed back into your skin helping keep the tattoo moist. You may need to trim some edges down to help stop it peeling off and accidentally catching on clothing. Try not to wear tight-fitting clothes over your fresh tattoo during the healing process.
  • You will probably not be able to see your tattoo very well under the second skin, this is normal. The goo is not the ink coming out of the skin, your friends may tell you the tattoo shouldn’t look like that, but it should. They may tell you; you should take the second skin off when you get home. Please do not do this, not with this method, they are thinking of the clingfilm method.

    Repeat a minimum of 4 times daily until healing is complete. Usually, healing will take between 3-4 weeks depending on the tattoo and its location on the body. The second skin is breathable and can be showered in, but do not bath or swim with it on.

    Please do as your Tattooist has advised and not your friends.

  • You may experience some of the goo seeping out of the bottom or a corner, this is normal, use some clean kitchen roll and dab the goo away, you can even squeeze some of the goo out, so it doesn’t leak as much. If the Tattooist has given you some extra second skin use this to patch the hole back up or use some micropore tape.
  • After the 5 days or if the second skin comes off sooner than advised, apply a tattoo aftercare ideally every 3-4 hours to help keep the tattoo moisturised. The aftercare we recommend is El Gato Negro Tattoo Aftercare available from the studio. Repeat a minimum of 4 times daily until healing is complete – usually, healing will take between 2-3 weeks depending on the tattoo and its location on the body.
  • When the time comes to remove the second skin, do so in the shower. Soak the area with soapy water and gently peel back the second skin. Do this gently as you may irritate the skin if you quickly pull it off. If it is in an area which is hard to reach, ask someone to do this for you.
  • There may be some sticky residue leftover from the second skin, this can sometimes be stubborn to remove, but do not try to scrub it off, you will only irritate the skin. It will eventually wash off in the next couple of showers with normal washing.
  • In some cases, the skin may have reddened within the tattoo or around it where the second skin has been stuck, again this is normal, and down to the skin moving underneath the second skin irritating it a little. This should settle after a few days and applying the tattoo aftercare to the red skin should also help it settle.
  • If for some reason your second skin comes off after a day or so do not rewrap, please keep your tattoo clean and moisturised. Do not wear tight clothes, do wash and clean and apply aftercare balm as advised. Once your fresh tattoo is exposed, it will have a higher chance of infection. This is very rare and should be a very minimum risk if you follow our aftercare advice.

If you feel like you are having a reaction to the second skin like a rash or itchiness, remove and continue with the aftercare as advised above. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems or questions about the second skin. ​ Touch Ups Sometimes a tattoo can need revisiting. We offer free touch-ups for tattoos that have been done at our studio within 3 months. If you think your tattoo requires a touch-up, please pop in and talk to one of the team.

If we agree that a touch- up is needed, then an appointment can be made with the artist. Touch-ups are usually done at the end of the day and will fit around the artist’s other appointments, sorry but it’s rare that we’ll be able to do touch-ups on Saturdays.


Should I wash my tattoo after taking off second skin?

Day 1 – Removing your Second Bandage – After you remove your second bandage, you will want to clean the entire tattoo area using lukewarm water and non-scented soap. Just like when you removed your first bandage, the goal is to remove the blood or plasma and keep the area clean.

You don’t want to use a wash cloth and remember, the best tool you have at your disposal is your hand. Once you have cleaned the area, you will want to pat dry the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to get it completely dry (avoid rubbing as you dry the area).

Finally, follow up with a very light application of unscented lotion. The key here is to avoid over-applying as you want your skin to be able to breathe. Apply whenever needed to keep the area moisturized. What NOT to do: Do not use Vaseline or Aloe Vera on your new tattoo.

  • Vaseline blocks out oxygen penetration from your skin which causes blurriness;
  • Aloe Vera detoxifies the body by flushing foreign batter, including ink, from the skin which results in some fading;
  • Do not use Neosporin;

Although this product is excellent for cuts and scrapes, it is not good for tattoos. It is not unusual for people to have an allergic reaction to Neosporin. This results in little red bumps on the area and when the bumps go away so does the ink. The final product ends up being a polka-dotted tattoo, remember Polka-Dot Shorts? You don’t want your tattoo to look like that! Avoid using body oils on your tattoo during the healing process.

Can I take second skin off after 24 hours?

It is crucial that you take proper care of your new tattoo. Your tattoo will not heal well if you do not follow these guidelines. Your artist is not responsible for any issues resulting from poor aftercare. Bandaging Do not let anyone touch your new tattoo.

  • Keep your new tattoo covered to protect it from bacteria;
  • Leave the bandage on for a minimum of one hour;
  • If SecondSkin is used, keep on for 2-3 days;
  • Washing Your Tattoo Use lukewarm water and gentle soap, such as Cetaphil, to gently wash the area;

Do not use a washcloth, just your hand. ( We recommend that you remove the SecondSkin in the shower, allowing water to wash over the tattoo and SecondSkin as you remove it. )  Your tattoo may feel slimy – this slime is called plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this possible, as when plasma dries, it creates scabs.

  • Gently pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a clean paper towel;
  • *DO NOT use cloth towels as they hold bacteria;
  • *  Follow with a light application of Aquaphor or Cetaphil lotion;
  • Use these products for a minimum of two weeks;

*DO NOT use Neosporin or alcohol!* Bathing and Swimming You can shower with a new tattoo. It is ok to get your tattoo wet. But DO NOT soak your new tattoo. Submerging your tattoo can cause damage or infection. Swimming, hot tubs and baths should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.

  1. Scabbing and Peeling After a few days, you may notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing – this is a normal part of the healing process;
  2. *DO NOT apply ointment or lotion to scabs;
  3. *  You will also start to itch when it begins to heal;

*DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH YOUR TATTOO!*  If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. If it is scabbing, let it heal. Sun Protection After your tattoo is healed, always protect it from the sun. Use a minimum of 30-SPF sunblock. TLDR :

  • Remove the bandage after 2 to 3 hours unless SecondSkin is used –keep SecondSkin on for 2-3 DAYS.
  • Wash the tattoo area with lukewarm water and gentle soap.
  • Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Apply a thin layer of Cetaphil lotion or Aquaphor.
  • Don’t scratch, peel or pick at your tattoo.
  • Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools and the beach during the healing process (approximately 2 weeks)
  • Always apply a high SPF sunscreen on the tattoo before exposure to the sun

What NOT to Do:

  • DO NOT let anyone touch your new tattoo.
  • DO NOT use Neosporin or ointments other than what was recommended by your tattoo artist
  • DO NOT apply lotion or ointments to scabs
  • DO NOT use rubbing alcohol, peroxide or cortisone.
  • DO NOT use cloth towels as they can harbor bacteria.
  • DO NOT pick, peel or scratch your new tattoo.
  • DO NOT soak your new tattoo.
  • DO NOT expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight.

If abnormal irritation, redness, swelling or fever should appear, please contact your physician. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@maydaytattoooco. com..

Is second skin good for tattoos?

secondskin Adhesive bandage – SecondSkin™ is a medical-grade, transparent, adhesive barrier that protects new tattoos while they are healing. It is latex-free, waterproof, breathable, and hypoallergenic. It is manufactured under quality-controlled conditions that have been CE-marked and FDA-registered.

What does a weeping tattoo mean?

– Every tattoo heals slightly differently depending on each person and where the tattoo is located. The healing process follows a four-stage healing timeline that includes oozing, itching, peeling, and continued aftercare. It’s important to be consistent and strident about aftercare so your tattoo doesn’t get infected.

What are the benefits of second skin?

WINTER – Rain, wind or snow, we have no choice but to face the cold. It is important to wear appropriate clothes to regulate our body temperature depending on the efforts of the day. Thanks to its tight cut and its microfibre fabric, the second skin enables to keep the heat in.

  1. It can also be used as the first layer of the three-layer clothing (see the explanations on the body mapping);
  2. When it comes time to get on horseback and train, hard not to sweat;
  3. To keep our body warm, we must first keep it dry;

The second skin will allow a quick evacuation of the water released by the body.

Can you sleep on tattoo with second skin?

Sleep On The Opposite Side Of The Tattoo – This one seems obvious. But many people who toss and turn may not take this advice seriously and may still sleep on the side where they were inked. It’d be the best to sleep on the side. The opposite side of where you tattooed yourself.

If you have a back tattoo, however, or you tattooed the rear side of your arm or leg, it’d be best to sleep on your stomach or side. As most people ink the front part of their body, they should sleep on their back, so that they wouldn’t squish their wound, and potentially lead to bleeding or infection.

Editor’s notes : Many people think that spending one night restricted on where you sleep is enough. Still, tattoo aftercare and healing take more time than just one night. It’d be the best to refrain from sleeping on the tattooed side for at least 7 nights.

Can you sleep on a new tattoo with second skin?

Getting a tattoo is fun, exciting and always an adventure. Every tattoo tells a story, but what happens when you leave the shop? Most of us know, the healing process of a tattoo is probably the most “annoying” part of the whole process. The scabbing, the itching, trying to sleep, its not always enjoyable.

  • Hopefully this go-to after care guide can help you with any questions, concerns and thoughts you might have when it comes to your new tattoo after care;
  • First things first, once your new tattoo is finally complete, whether you’ve been sitting in the chair for 30 minutes or 6 hours, nothing feels better the sound of your artist saying “We’re finished!” When leaving the chair you may find your fresh new ink wrapped in plastic wrap or second skin;

Depending on how your artist covered your tattoo, depends on how you will care for it during the healing process. If your new ink was wrapped in plastic wrap, here is what you should do: Once returning home, go ahead and remove the plastic wrap and gently wash your tattoo with warm water and soap.

The soap you use, should be a non-colored, non-perfumed, anti-bacterial soap. There are a few brands of soap we recommend. Our gallery in particular, prefers H2Ocean Blue-Green Foam Soap or Nat-A-Tat-2 Tattoo Foam Cleanser.

Do not use shower gel or bar soap to wash your tattoo. Once you have the correct soap in hand, GENTLY wash your tattoo with warm water and soap. Vigorously washing or wiping your tattoo can lead to irritation and/or bleeding. After a gentle wash, take a paper towel and lightly tap your new tattoo.

Do not wipe your skin; a light tap or pat will do just the trick. Let your tattoo air try before proceeding to the next step. With a fresh tattoo, we don’t recommend using an aftercare lotion till the following day.

Your body will start to heal your tattoo on its own. Let your white blood cells form that nice light scab to protect your skin. Once this process occurs, then you will apply the appropriate aftercare product. Continue further reading for your aftercare instructions.

If your new Ink was wrapped in second skin, here is what you should do: Second skin is a breathable, thin-self adhesive film that provides a moist healing environment for your new tattoo. When your ink is fresh, this initial stage is the most critical in the healing process.

Second Skin protects your skin from friction and provides a waterproof, protective barrier that prevents contamination. This barrier also allows you to do anything you need while your tattoo is healing, from work to sleeping without a mess on your bed sheets.

Your artist may recommend you wear this from 1-5 days. There are many benefits to second skin. The major benefit being, it allows your body’s own plasma to help heal the tattoo. Once you remove the second skin, your tattoo will be further along on the healing process.

To remove second skin from your tattoo, it is best to hop in the shower. We recommend using soap with warm water to peel it off. The soap you use should be a non-colored, non-perfumed, anti-bacterial soap. There are a few brands of soap we recommend. Our gallery in particular prefers H2Ocean Blue-Green Foam Soap or Nat-A-Tat-2 Tattoo Foam Cleanser.

  1. Do not use shower gel or bar soap to wash your tattoo;
  2. Once your soap and water are in place, lift a corner of the film and stretch it toward the center of the tattoo;
  3. Grab another corner and repeat;
  4. Keep applying the soap as you peel it off;

This will help to gently remove it from the skin. After removal of the film, wash your tattoo with the warm water and soap. Vigorously washing or wiping your tattoo can lead to irritation and/or bleeding. After a gentle wash, take a paper towel and lightly tap your new tattoo.

Do not wipe your skin; a light tap or pat will do just the trick. Let your tattoo air try before proceeding to the next step. Continue further reading for your aftercare instructions. Once your plastic wrap or second skin is removed, here is what you should do: Whether you had a temporary plastic wrap or second skin, here is where you will find what we recommend for tattoo aftercare.

There are a lot of different options and every artist has their favorite products. Here at Good Vibrations Ink, we find that  products like After Inked, and Nat-A-Tat2 and H2Ocean work best! All of these products are gentle to the skin and contain moisturizers.

Most of these products contain all-natural, organic ingredients and are lotion based. Lotion formula is better to heal your tattoo than products that contain lanolin or petroleum. The lotion is directly absorbed by your skin and allows your wound to breathe along with reducing inflammation.

This is extremely important during the healing process and will allow your ink to be as vibrant as possible. Applying after care is quite simple, yet the most important part of having a tattoo. The most important thing to remember is, a little goes a long way.

No matter what after care you choose, gently apply a light layer to the area generally about 3-4 times a day. Thin layers of after care will allow your tattoo to breathe, yet be moisturized at the same time.

Make sure you apply your aftercare to dry skin. Allow your tattoo to air dry at least 20 minutes after taking a shower before applying your recommended lotion. The overall healing process of your new ink may take anywhere from 2 weeks or longer. Your skin goes through a complete rejuvenation process.

There are several layers of skin that will flake away till your tattoo is completely healed. Do not be alarmed, this is normal. Depending upon your skin and how your body heals, it may take over 1 month for your skin to feel back to normal or smooth again.

Here is what you should avoid with your new tattoo: As part of the healing process, you’ll find that your tattoo will begin to scab and or flake. DO NOT PICK AND OR SCRATCH YOUR NEW TATTOO. Doing so can lead to color loss in your tattoo and or scarring. If your tattoo becomes itchy at any point, do not scratch or rub, it is best to pat your tattoo and apply your appropriate aftercare lotion.

  • Additional things to avoid in the next several days after getting your tattoo would be tanning beds, and or sun tanning, salt water, chlorine, hot tubs and saunas;
  • Also avoid submerging your tattoo for the first week or two;

All of these actions jeopardize the overall healing of the new skins the area of your tattoo. Here is some additional tips for your new ink: Once you notice your tattoo has finished flaking and seems to be healed, make sure to periodically use a moisturizing skin lotion to keep the tattoo vibrant.

  1. Also a strong sunblock or sunscreen over your tattoo will protect it;
  2. The sun and tattoos aren’t the best of friends;
  3. The sun tends to fade tattoos drastically;
  4. After being in the sun for long periods, follow up with again another good skin moisturizer;

Do not be afraid to shave over your tattoo! Body hair can make your tattoo look faded and dull, shaving can help bring the vibrance back to your tattoo. Do not be afraid, body hair does not come back thicker once shaved, it is perfectly safe to shave over tattoos.

Also, what you eat and drink can play a huge part in how your body heals your ink. Staying on a healthy diet can drastically improve the process. What you eat can influence how quickly your skin heals after getting inked.

After getting your tattoo (and following our aftercare instructions) you should focus on nourishing your body with anti-inflammatory food and avoid food that isn’t so healthy. Processed foods lack a ton of essential elements. Consuming lots of fruits and vegetables with omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants will aid in the healing process.

A lot of these foods have anti-inflammatory properties. Most importantly, drink water! Water is essential and you should be drinking plenty of water, whether or not you just got a new tattoo. Staying hydrated will prevent your skin from drying up, hence promoting an ideal environment for your tattoo to heal.

Avoiding alcohol in large quantities is also recommended since alcohol causes overall inflammation in the body. In plain words, eat clean! Here is the sum of it all: With all that being said, getting a tattoo is a great experience whether it’s your 1st tattoo or your 20th! Aftercare plays a huge part in the aftermath of the health of your tattoo.

  • At Good Vibrations Ink we highly encourage our customers and clients to really understand the meaning of good aftercare;
  • We want your tattoos to stay beautiful and vibrant for as long as possible and that means being aware of all of the instructions we just discussed;

A tattoo is a work of art, don’t be care-less and follow our aftercare instructions for the best results. You may always email our shop at  gvitattoogallery@icloud. com  with any questions you may have. Thanks for reading and enjoy your new ink!.

When should I remove 2nd skin?

To Remove –

  1. Test an edge: Pick an edge of the bandage and peel it away. If it’s difficult to remove, try taking a warm shower to help reduce the stickiness
  2. Remove slowly: Pull the second skin off slowly. It’s very similar to removing a plaster. If you pull too quickly, it’s going to sting. You might also damage the new layer of skin underneath. Just go slowly, and you’ll be fine
  3. Clean: Make sure you wash your tattoo carefully after removing the bandage and apply moisturizer

It’s totally normal to see some ink or blood under the bandage. This will usually appear within the first day. If you want to, you can replace the old dressing with a new one, following the application instructions. You can leave a second skin on for as long as it feels comfortable to you. Most people remove it after three to four days.

What happens if I take my tattoo bandage off early?

Fresh tattoos can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to heal. During this healing phase, there are 7 things that can ruin your new tattoo before it has even healed. Bad art from a bad artist It’s possible to ruin your new tattoo by choosing an unskilled artist.

  1. When speaking about skills, I’m not referring to their artistic skills;
  2. This would be about the artists’ tattooing procedure and application skills;
  3. Everyone’s skin is different skin;
  4. Healthy, unhealthy, plump, loose, tight, oily, or dry;

Our skin’s surface, thickness, and tightness are also different throughout our bodies. These differences can have a detrimental impact on how the ink lays into your skin. An inexperienced artist can further implicate this. Finding and choosing an experienced artist goes without question 2.

Keeping your fresh tattoo covered too long Fresh tattoos are open wounds, and after the tattoo session, the artist will cover your new tattoo. Every artist has a different preference for what they use. Some still use the old school plastic Saran Wrap crap made for sandwiches.

Try to avoid using this food cellophane wrap on new ink. Fresh tattoos should be wrapped with a sterile bandage. The best options are medical-grade adhesive bandages and protective tattoo films like Saniderm or Dermalize. Wrapping a fresh tattoo is essential to help the initial healing while providing protection from environmental contaminants like dirt, germs or anything else that should not go near an open wound.

After the wrap has been on for a few hours, you will start to see blood and plasma underneath. Once this happens, it’s time to remove the wrap, as this can block your skin pores from breathing. This can ruin your new tattoo before the first day is over.

And trust me, I’ve ruined two tattoos by leaving the wrap on too long as per the artist’s instructions. The bandage or wrap should stay on no longer than 6-8 hours max. If using products like Saniderm or Dermalize, you can always remove it, clean the tattoo and apply a new layer.

  • Tattoo Infections As discussed above, the post-procedure wrapping helps protect your skin from getting infected;
  • Once unwrapped, keep your skin clean and follow proper tattoo aftercare instructions;
  • This will ensure your new tattoo heals without getting infected;

During tattoo healing, avoid touching your ink unless washing or applying aftercare. It’s very easy to transfer dirt and germs onto your fresh tattoo (open wound) from dirty hands. Sleeping with a fresh tattoo Getting a goods night’s sleep can be awkward during the tattoo healing process.

Even more awkward is the size and location of your new tattoo. Try to avoid laying on the tattoo, and or having it covered under the sheets or blankets. Covering a fresh tattoo under blankets or sheets can cause a risk of infection.

The bed is a great place for hidden germs that you do not want to get into an open wound. The same as above, your skin needs to breathe, so not covering up under the sheets helps. Then there’s the issue of laying on the tattoo. You risk having the tattoo stick to the bed or pick up dirt and germs.

You can always lay down a clean towel on the bed if you need to. Another option for sleeping is applying a breathable medical wrap like Saniderm. Make sure to remove it as soon as you wake up so that there’s not too much blood and plasma accumulation.

Cleaning and excess water exposure Keeping a fresh tattoo clean goes without question. So never submerge a fresh tattoo underwater. Also, avoid excessive water exposure while showering. Our skin is like a sponge and it will absorb the water, which can damage the tattoo.

When it comes to cleaning your new tattoo, make sure you do this several times a day. You can read our 17 Best Tips To Heal New Tattoos here. Picking or scratching itchy or peeling skin During the tattoo healing stages, some people experience itchy and scabby skin.

The reason for this to happen is part of your skin’s healing process. But whatever you do, resist the urge to pick or peel your skin as this can damage the color and lines of your new tattoo. To avoid or end any itchy peeling skin during tattoo healing, always use a good aftercare product.

  1. Keep your tattoo clean and moisturized several times throughout the day;
  2. Don’t let your tattoo get dry, and only apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare after every cleaning;
  3. Now, in regards to peeling and itchy skin, I have never suffered from this;

I followed the above directions and none of my 21 tattoos have ever peeled or got itchy. Excessive sun exposure Excessive sun exposure is a fast way to ruin a new tattoo. Be aware of any direct sun exposure on your fresh ink. If you must be outside, always keep your tattoo covered, for at least the first 40 days.

Cover Up with clothing or try to stay out of the sun. Never apply any sunscreen on a fresh tattoo. Some of these products have ingredients that are not good for your fresh ink during healing. A list of nasty skincare ingredients will be for another blog.

After your new tattoo has healed, make sure to keep it protected with quality sunscreen product if going outside. Excessive direct UVA/UVB sun exposure  accelerates skin aging, which causes tattoo fading.

What do I do if I get my tattoo bandage off early?

Method 3: Saniderm/Tegaderm – Clean and dry the new tattoo and surrounding skin, and do not apply any lotions or ointments. Before starting the Saniderm process, make sure the entire area has been shaved, plus an additional inch all the way around the site of the tattoo, as this will help with bandage adhesion and removal.

Cut the Saniderm tattoo aftercare bandage to allow at least 1 inch of the bandage to be in contact with undamaged skin around the tattooed area. More room is suggested in highly mobile areas. Practice before you apply.

If it’s your first time using Saniderm, it may be a little tricky to work with. It doesn’t hurt to practice with a small section first–just make sure you shave the area. To use the bandage, first peel off the paper backing to reveal the adhesive side. Gently apply the bandage adhesive side down, using light pressure.

The bandage should lay smooth across the skin, with minimal air bubbles. For best results, ensure that the skin is in a neutral position–not overly stretched out or overly wrinkled. Once it’s fully adhered to the tattooed area and surrounding skin, remove the clear plastic backing by looking for the printed arrows or seams, leaving only the Saniderm/Tegaderm layer on the skin.

It’s okay when using multiple bandages on large tattoos, to overlap them by 1/2 inch (1 cm). Ensure the bandage is sealed to the skin all the way around the tattoo. If the bandage is completely sealed all the way around the tattoo, it is considered waterproof and activities like swimming or bathing will not affect the tattoo.

However, as with all fresh tattoos it is still an open wound that needs to be protected, so all activities are done at your own risk. Wear the first bandage for 12-48 hours, depending on how much the tattoo weeps or how well it remains sealed to the skin.

If a lot of plasma and blood collects inside the sealed bandage or it starts to peel off, it’s necessary to remove it, clean and dry the tattoo, and reapply a new bandage sooner than if there is very little fluid in the bandage. Leaving the bandage on for too long can result in infection, so always change your bandage within the stated timeframe.

  • Most tattoos can be properly healed with 2 applications of the bandage, with each application being left on the skin for 1-2 days, for a 3 or 4 day total;
  • To remove the Saniderm, carefully peel up from one corner, slowly massaging the adhesive bandage off of the skin;

This step may be uncomfortable, as the bandage may pull the tattooed skin upwards as it’s removed, but careful removal can minimize the discomfort. Removal under warm soapy water, such as in the shower, can also help minimize discomfort. After you remove the first Saniderm bandage (12-48 hours), clean and dry the area, and apply a second bandage.

Should I wipe the plasma off my tattoo?

Wash and Treat – After you remove the bandage, you should wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently remove any ointment, blood, and plasma and to completely clean the area. Provon Antimicrobial Lotion Soap is a good choice; it’s a mild moisturizing cleanser specifically made for piercing and tattoo care.

Never use a washcloth; it’s too abrasive. Your hand is your best tool. If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible; scabs may form if it is allowed to dry on the skin’s surface.

Then, pat—don’t rub—the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of  A&D , Bacitracin, or a similar antibacterial ointment—but not Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos.

Many people have allergic reactions to Neosporin, which can cause little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you can end up with a polka-dotted tattoo. If you prefer, you also can use a specialty product such as Tattoo Goo Aftercare Salve.

It’s petroleum-free and made with herbs and oils meant to soothe and heal your new tattoo. After that, continue to keep your tattoo clean. After some time has passed, you can use a dye- and fragrance-free lotion when needed instead of ointment to keep the skin soft.

How long after a tattoo can you shower?

How Soon After a Tattoo Can I Shower? – Your first shower after a new tattoo can be the day after you got the tattoo. That could be between 12 and 48 hours. Sometimes, the tattoo becomes messy after a night of oozing blood and ink. In order for the tattoo to start healing properly, you need to give it a light wash with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water.

  • After 48 hours, your tattoo should be good for water exposure, but only once or twice a day;
  • During the first week, it is essential not to expose the tattoo to the water for longer periods;
  • This will prevent the tattoo from drying and forming a new skin layer;

In such a case, your tattoo could get infected. Note : we also recommend you avoid sweat-inducing activities, like working out, jogging, etc. Sweat carries bacteria that can infect the tattoo. Furthermore, sweating prevents the tattoo from drying out, which could also lead to an infection.

How long should I leave the sticker on my tattoo?


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  • Keep the Saniderm on for a minimum of 24 hours, and a maximum of 4-5 days. The  longer you are able to keep it on, the more your tattoo will be able to heal while bandaged. During this time there will be a buildup of fluid (plasma, ink, blood) underneath the bandage—this is normal, and should stay contained within the Saniderm.
  • To remove the Saniderm—while in the shower, slowly peel/roll the Saniderm off. This will be uncomfortable but will not damage your tattoo. Once the Saniderm is completely removed, thoroughly wash your tattoo and continue with aftercare as instructed below.

Regular Absorbent Bandage

  • Keep your tattoo bandaged for a minimum of 4 hours, maximum of 12 (overnight, if your appointment finishes in the evening).

Once you’ve removed the bandage.

  • Whichever bandage you’ve had, once it comes off you need to immediately wash your tattoo very thoroughly with warm water and unscented liquid soap. Diluted Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild is recommended.
  • Pat your tattoo dry and leave it alone! Keep it clean, dry, and out of the sun throughout the healing period (approximately 2 weeks). Wash/rinse it once a day in the shower, but no more than that as over washing can slow down the healing process.
  • If your tattoo starts feeling tight and dry around the third day, you can use a s mall amount of plain, unscented lotion or tattoo-specific ointment two-three times a day to moisturize your tattoo and the surrounding skin. I recommend Redemption Tattoo Aftercare. But be careful! It’s very common to use too much moisturizer – if you need to moisturize, do so sparingly.
  • Your tattoo will flake and peel, and may feel itchy. Do not pick it or scratch it!
  • Once your tattoo is fully healed, make sure to use sunscreen to protect the colour from fading due to UV exposure.
  • For pieces that are works in progress, you need to leave a minimum of 3 weeks between appointments to allow for healing.

What happens if I take my Saniderm off early?

Saniderm Aftercare ​ To purchase Saniderm and Sanibalm please visit  Saniderm. com and use the code rosenoir  at checkout for a 10% discount!  ​ Day 1: So you got a new tattoo? It’s probably on fire- use ice packs or ibuprofen to reduce the stinging. Your first piece of Saniderm applied by the artist must be worn for 24 hours, do not remove it early.

You will have irritation, redness, bleeding, seeping, and ink collect under the bandage. You will notice plasma (looks like clear watery liquid), ink, and blood trapped in the bandage, and it may leak out of the Saniderm.

This is NORMAL and part of the healing process. Don’t freak out over this. Day 2: Remove 1st bandage after 24 hours- peel off slowly (this will likely be uncomfortable). Wash thoroughly with plain anti-bacterial hand soap – no exfoliating beads, no oils, no scents.

  1. (You may consider removing your Saniderm under luke warm or cool soapy water in the shower to loosen the adhesive;
  2. ) Pat dry with a paper towel and let air dry for 2-5 minutes;
  3. Blot with paper towel;
  4. To apply 2nd Saniderm remove the paper backing first, apply sticky side to tattoo, then remove plastic backing (it’s ok if there are air bubbles/wrinkles);

Day 2-6: Leave on for 6 FULL DAYS – During the next 6 days you may still have some plasma, ink, or blood. (If you have an excessive amount of liquid collecting under your bandage and feel replacement is necessary please check out the web link https://www.

  1. rosenoirstudio;
  2. com/alternate-aftercare-instructions for replacements;
  3. ) You may notice the skin looks dry/peeling/crusty/”cracked”- this is normal;
  4. The bandage and area may smell a little bit, this is ok;

Doing so will result in color loss and can require a touch up at an additional cost. It is harmful to the tattoo and to your health to leave a healing tattoo untreated. If your Saniderm peels up before the 6th day, carefully cut the excess off. If the tattoo is exposed place another small piece of Saniderm (or similar product) to cover it.

  1. (See drugstore products at QR code link;
  2. ) Day 6: Now it’s time to remove;
  3. Wash again and apply a thin layer of Sanibalm or lotion/moisturizer to your tattoo;
  4. Day 7 +: Use thin layers of Sanibalm/lotion/moisturizer for several days or weeks until skin is smooth again;

You will most likely experience peeling and itchiness. Your tattoo is fully healed when your skin is smooth and no longer shiny. This can take several weeks or several months. Everybody’s skin is different. Long term care: Keeping your skin moisturized will keep your tattoo looking fresh and bright. ​ While your Saniderm is on DO NOT: ​

  • DO NOT soak your new tattoo- no baths/swimming (running water/showering is ok). Soaking can lead to major infections.

  • DO NOT apply soap, lotions, oils, on or around the patch.

  • DO NOT expose you tattoo to direct sunlight, this will be painful and can damage the skin until it is healed over.

  • DO NOT allow shampoo/conditioner to run down the patch.

  • DO NOT sweat excessively- this can push ink out and weaken the adhesive- sweat will collect under the Saniderm and smell bad and clog your sweat glands resulting in bumpy skin, raised scarred tissue, color loss, and possible infection.

  • DO NOT move or stretch your tattooed skin excessively until it is fully healed (up to 14 days).

  • DO NOT allow pets or animals to come into contact with your healing tattoo (if contact occurs with exposed (uncovered) skin, wash immediately with antibacterial soap, then apply plain lotion).

  • DO NOT allow plants (such as when gardening) to come into contact with your healing tattoo (if contact occurs with exposed skin, wash immediately with antibacterial soap, then apply plain lotion).

  • Most importantly, do not listen to your friends who say you can’t have a tattoo wrapped that long. This product is much different from what they’ve used before. It is intended for long wear. This is not saran wrap.

Signs of Infection: Signs and symptoms of an infection include but are not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site to towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or pus-filled drainage from the procedure site. Seek medical care if you have a fever, extreme pain 3 or more days after the tattoo procedure, spreading rash well outside of the tattooed area, worsening and spreading redness around the tattoo, blisters on the tattoo, red streaking around tattoo, or foul odor and pus drainage.

  1. I highly recommend Sanibalm or Sanibalm+ from the makers of Saniderm;
  2. Always wear sunscreen, tanning and sun fading will make a tattoo look dull and will diminish the pigments;
  3. How it works: After a tattoo your skin is left damaged so your body begins working immediately to heal itself by sending liquid enzymes and plasma to your skin’s surface;

These dry out and become scabs. With a tattoo, it is vital to avoid scabs. The healing patches allow the enzymes and plasma to stay moist and therefore heal your skin without drying out. The patches are breathable so your skin is not suffocated. Saniderm also keeps your new tattoo clean and safe from outside bacteria, dirt, lint from clothing, etc.

which will help prevent infection. Furthermore, the patches help to protect your clothing and bedding from ink and blood that seeps out during the first several days. Long term care: Keeping your skin moisturized will keep your tattoo looking shiny and bright.

Always wear sunscreen, tanning and sun fading will make a tattoo look dull and will diminish the pigments. Frequently asked questions: Q: What do I do if my skin looks irritated around the edges of the Saniderm? A: Irritation can occur for several reasons such as:

  • Saniderm has been applied too tight
  • There is excessive movement of the skin around the Saniderm
  • The area wasn’t washed clean of the adhesive from the previous Saniderm piece
  • Too much sweat.

Irritation can look like:

  • Bumps, hives, clogged pores/pimples  •   Blisters  •    Redness  •    Itchiness

When this happens, gently clean the area with antibacterial soap. Then use some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to wipe the area. Apply some light moisturizer and give the skin a few days to heal. Q: What do I do if I take my Saniderm off early? A: If for any reason you remove your Saniderm early, it is extremely important to take necessary steps to prevent infections and to ensure your tattoo heals properly. ​ Q: Why is my tattoo oozing liquids after the first day? A: This can be caused by several factors:

  • Some people bleed and/or excrete plasma more than others during the healing process.
  • Too much movement and stretching of the skin.
  • The area was not cleaned well enough before application.

If there is excessive liquid, your Saniderm should be replaced again. ​ HELP! My Saniderm was removed early- Alternate Instructions for Early Removal: If you have removed your Saniderm wrap early or it has peeled up on its own, exposing your tattoo and you do not have enough Saniderm for a replacement, you have two options to ensure your tattoo heals properly and vibrantly.

Scroll down for further instructions. Early means before a total of 7 days wrapped, 6 days for second set. ​ OPTION 1 (best and easiest option): Go to your local Walgreens/CVS and purchase Tegaderm (usually near the bandaids).

Do not purchase anti-bacterial bandages, they look similar. See photos below for different product packaging, and look for similar products. Apply and wear the Tegaderm for the remainder of the week. Make sure to apply it to your freshly cleansed tattoo, lease use antibacterial soap.

  1. Follow all instructions provided on your aftercare sheet (listed above);
  2. ​ OPTION 2: You must keep your tattoo clean and prevent it from drying out and scabbing;
  3. To do this, wash your tattoo thoroughly with antibacterial soap 3 times a day;

Immediately following use Sanibalm or plain lotion to moisturize (plain lotion should be unscented, free of oils, perfumes, butters, etc. Apply a thin layer and rub into skin well, do not leave excess lotion on skin. Try Aveeno, Cetaphil or Lubriderm. I do not recommend petroleum based products like Aquaphor.

  • It is vital to wash a full 3 times daily until your tattoo is fully healed;
  • Washing removes infection causing bacteria;
  • Moisturizing is important to prevent think scabs from forming;
  • Scabs will pull out ink and dull or eliminate color;

You will have peeling for several days, this is normal. Your tattoo is fully healed once your skin has peeled completely and is smooth again which may take several weeks..

Can I take Saniderm off after 3 days?

Saniderm / Second Skin Bandage: – If your tattoo is bandaged with Saniderm (Second Skin), you should keep the bandage on for 3-4 days. During this time, it is normal to see some fluid build up beneath the bandage. (If the bandage begins to leak, you must remove the bandage and follow the standard aftercare instructions listed below).

  1. After 3-4 days, remove the Saniderm bandage gently under warm running water;
  2. To take the bandage off you must stretch from each side rather than peel it off like a Bandaid;
  3. When you stretch the bandage it allows the adhesive to come off the skin without disrupting the tattoo and taking any ink with it;

Wash the tattoo with a mild, fragrance-free soap or warm water. At this point, your tattoo should be well into the healing process – you may use an unscented, non-greasy lotion (like Hustle Butter, Lubriderm or Aveeno Unscented moisturizer) to keep the tattoo moisturized.

Can I take Saniderm off after 2 days?

So, How Long Should I leave It On? – According to the Saniderm’s website instructions, here’s everything you need to know about leaving the bandage on your new tattoo;

  • After applying the first Saniderm bandage, you should leave it on your new tattoo anywhere between 8 and 24 hours. This is generally when your tattoo will stop oozing and bleeding, and start healing. Everyone’s healing time is different, which means that the so-called weeping stage of the tattoo will vary in duration.
  • You should definitely remove your Saniderm bandage when the adhesion of the bandage starts to weaken. This is a bad sign, which means dirt, germs, water, and all the other infection-causing particles can enter the tattoo area and potentially cause an infection – if the adhesion is weakened, your tattoo is no longer protected.
  • You should remove or change your Saniderm bandage if you notice your tattoo bleeds or oozes more than expected (regardless of the time the bandage has been on). This generally occurs in tattoos with colorwork and heavy saturation, since there’s more damage to the skin and more excess ink the tattoo is getting rid of in the first few hours.
  • Regardless of the fluid buildup, you should NOT leave your Saniderm bandage on for more than 24 hours. After the first 24 hours, you need to clean the tattooed area, and only can you actually replace the bandage, using a new one obviously.
  • It is recommended to apply s thin layer of aftercare product or moisturizer between the bandages just to keep the tattoo hydrated and moisturized. This is especially recommended to people living in low humidity climates, or those who have dry skin. Now, we are not sure about this Saniderm recommendation, since it is generally recommended not to apply any ointment onto a new tattoo, so make sure to consult your tattoo artist about this one.
  • Now, the second bandage can be worn for up to 6 days, according to Saniderm instructions. They still recommend you change the bandage if you notice a tattoo leaking. In that case, you should clean the tattoo again, and apply a third bandage. Make sure to leave the third bandage on for approximately 5 days.
  • Saniderm bandage should not be worn for more than 7 days total, according to Saniderm website instructions.
  • Once you’ve removed your final Saniderm bandage, make sure to clean the tattoo area using lukewarm water and antibacterial soap. Then, tap-dry it using a clean paper towel and leave it to air-dry as well. At this point, you should be fine using thin layers of tattoo lotions to keep the tattoo hydrated. But, do NOT overdo the moisturization, since you can cause moisture buildup, prolonged healing, and infection of the tattoo.

Can Saniderm ruin a tattoo?

Getting a new tattoo comes with many worries—keeping it clean and free of contaminants, using the correct healing products at the right time, and staying out of the sun, water, and harsh elements. How are you going to get through the awkward peeling stage of tattoo healing? Many of these worries can be put at ease by using Saniderm.

  • The adhesive film protects your tattoo from numerous risk factors;
  • There is no need to worry about applying ointment frequently to keep the tattoo from drying out;
  • You don’t have to worry about foreign bacteria entering the wound from an outside source;

Your tattoo is protected. Saniderm’s adhesive will not attach to your tattoo as it will be in the weeping phase of the healing process when you apply the initial piece. During this phase, your body will be pushing excess ink and plasma to the surface, preventing the adhesive from attaching to the freshly tattooed area.

This means Saniderm can never damage or extract your ink. Of course, you may be wondering what happens when you apply the following piece(s) of Saniderm, as the tattoo will have moved out of the weeping phase of tattoo healing.

This is where applying a non-petroleum, non-greasy aftercare lotion comes into play. Our favorite is Sanibalm. This helps to prevent the adhesive from sticking directly to the fresh tattoo until the tattoo begins to peel. Once this stage occurs, the peeling skin will cling to the film itself.