How To Use Saniderm On A Tattoo?

How To Use Saniderm On A Tattoo
Saniderm Application –

  1. Cut and trim Saniderm to fit around the tattoo – include an extra inch around all sides. TIP: Cutting the edges of the bandage to be round will help it adhere better and feel more comfortable.
  2. Peel the white paper wrapping from the sticky side first and place gently over the tattoo.
  3. Once the adhesive side of the bandage is in place, remove the see-through second layer from the top side and smooth bandage over the tattoo.
  4. Keep the first applied bandage on for anywhere from 3-24 hours, depending on how much the wound is weeping. Replace within 24 hours. It’s fine if there is some plasma/blood/lymph fluid buildup under the bandage during this period, but don’t leave it longer than 24 hours.

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How long do you leave Saniderm on a tattoo?

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).

After 3-4 days, remove the Saniderm bandage gently under warm running water. To take the bandage off you must stretch from each side rather than peel it off like a Bandaid. 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.

How do you use Saniderm for tattoos?

Saniderm Application –

  1. Cut and trim Saniderm to fit around the tattoo – include an extra inch around all sides. TIP: Cutting the edges of the bandage to be round will help it adhere better and feel more comfortable.
  2. Peel the white paper wrapping from the sticky side first and place gently over the tattoo.
  3. Once the adhesive side of the bandage is in place, remove the see-through second layer from the top side and smooth bandage over the tattoo.
  4. Keep the first applied bandage on for anywhere from 3-24 hours, depending on how much the wound is weeping. Replace within 24 hours. It’s fine if there is some plasma/blood/lymph fluid buildup under the bandage during this period, but don’t leave it longer than 24 hours.

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Do I moisturize before Saniderm?

How Does Saniderm Work?  Unlike Saran Wrap, Saniderm is a medical-grade, breathable, waterproof tattoo bandage. Saniderm is engineered to be permeable to gasses, like oxygen. These bandages alleviate many of the pitfalls that come with other tattoo healing methods.

Primarily, Saniderm  drastically  reduces the risk of contaminants entering the wound site of a fresh tattoo. Wearing Saniderm protects the area from unwanted shear/friction and allows the body to keep itself moisturized.

Plus, it conveniently eliminates sessions of washing and applying aftercare to a new tattoo. The result is a tattoo healing experience that is safer, smoother, and more efficient. Saniderm Pre-Application Instructions Before applying Saniderm, be sure that the skin around the tattoo has also been shaved.

Removing a bandage from hair may be unpleasant. After finishing a tattoo session, make sure the tattoo is clean (no residue leftover from the tattooing session) and dry the area. Do not clean a fresh tattoo with products containing isopropyl alcohol or glycerin.

Isopropyl alcohol will certainly kill any bacteria in the area, but it will also kill all of your body’s own healing elements in the process. This will cause the wound to dry out under the bandage when it’s applied. If using astringent on a new tattoo, we suggest using an alcohol-free, unscented variant of Witch Hazel. Saniderm Application

  1. Cut and trim Saniderm to fit around the tattoo – include an extra inch around all sides. TIP: Cutting the edges of the bandage to be round will help it adhere better and feel more comfortable.
  2. Peel the white paper wrapping from the sticky side first and place gently over the tattoo.
  3. Once the adhesive side of the bandage is in place, remove the see-through second layer from the top side and smooth bandage over the tattoo.
  4. Keep the first applied bandage on for anywhere from 3-24 hours, depending on how much the wound is weeping. Replace within 24 hours. It’s fine if there is some plasma/blood/lymph fluid buildup under the bandage during this period, but don’t leave it longer than 24 hours.

Saniderm Removal and Reapplication of 2nd Bandage

  1. To remove Saniderm, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove Saniderm. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making the removal much more comfortable. Dry removal of Saniderm may cause discomfort and added trauma to the skin.
  2. Discard the used bandage and wash the tattoo with a mild soap, preferably fragrance-free.
  3. Allow the tattoo to air dry or pat dry with a clean towel.
  4. Apply a thin layer of petroleum-free moisturizer to help the tattoo retain moisture and itch less. If you plan on applying another bandage, apply the product to the tattoo only and avoid getting it on the surrounding skin. Saniderm does not adhere well to wet/moist skin.
  5. Apply a second bandage by following the application steps listed above.

Additional removal and reapplication information:

  • Keep this second bandage on for 3-6 days – the full six days being ideal. If the skin appears irritated, there is fluid buildup, or the bandage is coming off, it’s okay to remove the bandage sooner rather than later.
  • Do not reapply any more bandages after the scabbing/flaking phase of tattoo healing has begun. If you find yourself bandage-less during this phase, make sure you’re keeping the area thoroughly moisturized.
  • If there is adhesive residue leftover on the skin, or the adhesive is not loosening enough with water, coconut oil and baby oil are helpful for removal.

Caring for Your New Tattoo After Removing Saniderm Once the final bandage has been removed, continue caring for the tattoo by washing and moisturizing as needed, until the tattoo is fully healed. The tattoo may appear to be fully healed on the surface once your second Saniderm bandage comes off. However, deeper layers of skin will still be repairing for 2-4 months. We recommend a good moisturizing regimen for this entire period. Wearing Saniderm While Showering, Swimming, and Exercising Showering while wearing Saniderm is fine, but it’s best to keep the time spent in the shower to a minimum.

  1. Additionally, glycerin can react with the adhesive of Saniderm, causing many issues from rashes to the adhesive binding too strongly;
  2. Water may weaken the adhesive of the bandage, which allows for unwanted contaminants to enter the bandage, putting you at higher risk for infection;

It’s also important to keep an eye on the temperature of the water. Too much heat can separate the bandage from the skin, inflame the skin, and irritate the tattoo. For these reasons, bathing, swimming, or fully submerging a tattoo dressed in Saniderm is strongly discouraged.

Light exercise while wearing Saniderm is fine, but avoid activity that causes excessive sweating. Just as water will weaken the adhesion of the bandage, so will sweat and any other significant amount of fluid.

Try to keep the bandage as clean and dry as possible until it’s time to remove it. Source Signs & Symptoms of Infection -Severe redness -Swelling -Tenderness of the procedure site -Red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart -Elevated body temperature -Purulent drainage from the procedure site -Discharge from site may be green/yellow and foul in odor *Contact the shop and seek immediate medical attention if any signs or symptoms of infection develop * TOUCH-UP POLICY There is one (1) complimentary “normal” touch-up service provided after completion of all sessions for this tattoo.

“Normal” is defined by healing inconsistencies that have occurred within the “normal” two (2) week healing period. Instances in which the complimentary touch-up service would be null and void are: soaking while healing, scratching or scratches, or fading due to excessive sun or tanning bed use.

Changes made to the completed tattoo are considered a new tattoo and are totally separate from the original piece. Hourly rates will apply for any changes made to the completed tattoo. The complimentary touch-up service must be used within one (1) calendar year of the completion 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;
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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.

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.

(You may consider removing your Saniderm under luke warm or cool soapy water in the shower to loosen the adhesive. ) Pat dry with a paper towel and let air dry for 2-5 minutes. Blot with paper towel. 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.

  • rosenoirstudio;
  • com/alternate-aftercare-instructions for replacements;
  • ) You may notice the skin looks dry/peeling/crusty/”cracked”- this is normal;
  • The bandage and area may smell a little bit, this is ok;
  • DO NOT REMOVE BEFORE THE SIXTH DAY;

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.

(See drugstore products at QR code link. ) Day 6: Now it’s time to remove. Wash again and apply a thin layer of Sanibalm or lotion/moisturizer to your tattoo. 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.

I highly recommend Sanibalm or Sanibalm+ from the makers of Saniderm. Always wear sunscreen, tanning and sun fading will make a tattoo look dull and will diminish the pigments. 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.

Follow all instructions provided on your aftercare sheet (listed above). ​ OPTION 2: You must keep your tattoo clean and prevent it from drying out and scabbing. 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 Leave your Saniderm on for four full days after getting your tattoo. It is waterproof, so go ahead and shower as usual – however, please don’t tempt fate with a bath or soaking. Its normal for your saniderm to fill with plasma, ink and blood. It typically creates a dark brown liquid that sits on your tattoo under the plastic.

Leave it Alone. After a couple of days, the liquid will start to harden up under the saniderm. If you experience redness around the saniderm that lasts longer than a couple of days, you may be having a slight reaction to the adhesive on the bandage.

You can always remove the saniderm if you feel like you’re having a reaction – You know your body best. But, if something feels wrong, please reach out to your artist directly with a photo of the area you’re concerned about as this may save you un-necessary trauma to the area, caused by removing the bandage too soon.

  1. If for some reason the liquid leaks out the bottom of the Saniderm, the saniderm rolls up exposing the tattoo, or there is a puncture made in the plastic, you need to remove the saniderm or re-apply the saniderm;
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* You cannot leave saniderm on your tattoo, if it is leaking. If bacteria can get out of your bandage, it can get in – leaving you susceptible to infection. You cannot Tape saniderm back on, this is not a sanitary way to re-attach your saniderm. You cannot re-apply saniderm if it has been over two days since your tattoo session, at this point in the healing, re-applying new saniderm can cause more harm than good.

  • If you would rather not re-bandage the tattoo or its been over two days since your tattoo was done , please remove the saniderm immediately and care for your tattoo using the directions provided below;

If you would like to Re-apply saniderm to your tattoo and it hasn’t been over two days since your tattoo was done, please follow these instructions: Wash your hands and remove the original saniderm slowly, THOROU GHLY CLEAN THE TATTOO WITH ANTIBACTERIAL, FRAGRANCE FREE SOAP.

  1. (This step is crucial as any bacteria left on the tattoo will be trapped underneath the new application of saniderm, possibly causing infection;
  2. ) Then, let the tattoo air dry – do not touch any towels to the area;

Once area is completely dry and your hands are also clean and dry, re apply the saniderm with at least an inch border on every side of the tattoo. You can purchase replacement saniderm on Amazon Prime, or buy it at target or Walmart. Sometimes its called Teccaderm – however its the same product.

Please only re-apply the saniderm if you can follow the instructions perfectly. If you cannot follow these instructions perfectly, you should not replace the saniderm. Any fault in this process, can result in complications that I, nor any other tattoo artist, will not be liable for.

After four days, the best way to remove your saniderm is to slowly peel it off in the shower. It might be sore, so don’t panic if it’s tender. After the saniderm is removed, wash and moisturize your tattoo as usual using the directions below. REGULAR BANDAGES Leave the bandage on for one to four hours.

Remove the bandage, wash your hands – then gently wash the new tattoo with Dial Antibacterial Unscented hand soap and warm water. You will want to do this 3 times a day for about a week after getting the tattoo.

Stick to unscented until the tattoo is healed to avoid a nasty stinging sensation on your fresh tattoo. Carefully dry the tattoo with clean paper towels using a soft dabbing motion, or let it air dry. For Larger Tattoos: Massage a very thin, almost translucent layer of Aquaphor, Hustle Butter, or Coconut Oil on the tattoo.

After three or four days, switch from the thicker ointments to a gentle unscented lotion of your choice, THIS STEP IS CRITICAL. Massage in thoroughly, this helps keep the itchy, “peely” healing process under control.

Make sure to dab off excess ointment after application, you don’t want your tattoo to be shiny. For Smaller Tattoos: No need for ointments of any kind, just use a gentle unscented lotion of your choice. Massage a thin layer into your tattoo thoroughly, apply 3-5 times a day.

This helps keeps the itchy, peely healing process under control. Don’t freak out if your tattoo is red and/or irritated for a few days after your appointment, this is totally normal. Don’t re-bandage your tattoo for any reason, we want it to breathe in the fresh air.

Do keep up the washing regiment at least once a day for 7-10 days after getting the tattoo. It helps speed up the healing process and relieve the itching. Don’t overdo the ointment , it can clog your pores and ultimately mess up your tattoo – try to keep the applications thin and down to 3-5 times a day.

  • This is the most common issue I see clients deal with;
  • Don’t pick! Its normal for the tattoo to be itchy, but resist the scratching! If you pick or scratch a healing tattoo, you can pull out pigments and create scar tissue;

Don’t get into any hot tubs, swimming pools, baths or anything else that might submerge your tattoo underwater for long periods of time for two weeks. Avoid saunas and tanning beds for two weeks as well. Do call us with questions! Although usually helpful, don’t ask Google or your friends for advice regarding tattoo stuff.

If you have any questions or concerns about your new artwork, please don’t hesitate to call or stop by the shop – that’s what we’re here for! Remember, severe redness that spreads outward or in streaks, extreme swelling, and yellow or green puss can all be signs of an infection.

If you believe there is an infection, go see your doctor. However, stopping by the shop to have a trained artist look at your tattoo, may save you a trip..

How do I know when to remove Saniderm?

Do I use Aquaphor after Saniderm?

  • If using ‘Saniderm’ or similar brand keep the bandage on for 3-5 days. You can expect some body’s natural fluids and plasma forming underneath the patch and it may look not pretty. there is nothing to worry about when the patch is removed and tattoo washed everything goes back to normal. Saniderm is breathable and waterproof so you can shower with it on, but DO NOT use hot water.
  • Let your tattoo fully dry for 10 minutes after you wash it before applying Aquaphor or lotion. Pat dry immediately after washing then let it air dry. If you put petroleum-based products over a tattoo that is even somewhat damp, you’re locking that water in your skin and you want to avoid that.
  •  If using regular bandage – Keep your bandage on for at least 2 hours (up to 6 hrs).
  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning or touching your tattoo.
  • When removing your bandage, rinse tattoo with warm water and clean paper towel.
  • After removing your bandage wash twice a day with just warm (not hot) water and a mild fragrance-free liquid antibacterial soap, and apply a thin layer of ointment (Aquaphor) 3-4 times a day.
  • After the first 2-3 days, switch to a mild unscented lotion (Lubriderm) or coconut oil. Avoid lotions with fragrances or aloe.
  • If possible, use freshly washed bedsheets, clothes, and towel during the healing process. Disposable paper towels are great for direct contact with the tattoo when washing or drying.
  • Do not scratch or pick. This removes ink and leads to infections!
  • Avoid direct sunlight. For the first two weeks try to limit sun exposure – if you know you’ll be out in the sun for prolonged periods, wear a thin layer of clothing over the tattoo. After the first two weeks, use a high SPF sunscreen on your tattoo when in the sun. Avoid tanning beds for at least a month.
  • Avoid soaking in any waters (lake, ocean, bathtub, pool) for the first month, especially critical during the first two weeks.
  • Avoid heavy sweating in the area of your tattoo for two weeks. Wash after sweating.
  • Do not use too much lotion or Aquaphor. Put only a thin layer as you would if you moisturized the area normally.
  • Do not let your tattoo stick to sheets or clothing. If stuck, soak the cloth to remove rather than ripping it off. This is usually only a concern for the first night when it will be a bit oozy.
  • Color and plasma may seep to the surface, especially when first removing the bandage. This is normal. Wash gently with warm water and wipe with a clean paper towel and reapply ointment or lotion.
  • For the next week, the tattoo and area around it may be slightly swollen, red, and sore.
  • Within a few days to a week, a thin scab should form evenly over the tattoo and peel like a sunburn. (Do not pick at it!)   The color may seem dull or uneven while the tattoo is healing.

It should be completely healed in one month! Enjoy your tattoo forever! For best results, avoid sun exposure (wear SPF), and keep moisturized..

Should I put anything under Saniderm?

Immediately after your new tattoo – As a rule of thumb, avoid using anti-bacterial ointment on a new tattoo. The thick petroleum in anti-bacterial ointments can cut off oxygen and suffocate the healing wound. This can also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing color to fade.

If using Saniderm, you don’t need to apply anything to your tattoo before applying the bandage. However, you’re welcome to apply an extremely thin layer of an aftercare product specifically designed for tattoos.

Personally, we use and recommend Sanibalm for this. Sanibalm is non-petroleum based and uses sea buckthorn oil , which is rich in antioxidants. Products like this help the healing process along and keep your new tattoo moisturized. Additionally, airborne bacteria can penetrate through your broken skin.

For this reason, it’s important to cover the tattooed area with a bandage or dressing. As the makers of Saniderm , we’re naturally a little biased, but we believe we make the best tattoo bandage on the planet  for a lot of reasons.

We advise against using saran wrap for extended periods of time , as it can suffocate your tattoo. Remember: healing tattoos need oxygen. How To Use Saniderm On A Tattoo.

Why does my tattoo look smudged under the wrap?

– Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat. This creates the blurring associated with a tattoo blowout.

Is it okay to have air bubbles in Saniderm?

You notice an air bubble under your freshly applied Saniderm bandage — now what should you do? While an air bubble under Saniderm is not necessarily “bad,” it will likely cause problems with adhesion further on down the line. If you find yourself in this predicament, we recommend these two options: A:  Simply make a small cut, let the air bubble out, and apply an additional small piece of Saniderm over the newly exposed area.

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This is the option we generally recommend, just because it’s fast and easy. Be cautious when making the incision, however, as you don’t want to harm the tattoo below. Don’t apply too much pressure and try to make the smallest slit possible—just enough to release the air trapped inside.

B: Or, perhaps you don’t have any more Saniderm on hand. If this is the case, gently attempt to push the air bubble out by hand. Take caution during this process — go slowly and be attentive. It is important that you keep your tattoo completely sealed. If you poke a hole in the air bubble, it is vital that you apply an additional piece of Saniderm over the top.

Leaving this hole exposed puts you at risk of infection as bacteria can enter the film through the open hole. In addition to bacteria, showering with an exposed hole in your Saniderm will allow water to collect inside the film and loosen the adhesive.

Have additional questions about Saniderm? Read more about  how Saniderm works ,  where Saniderm came from , and  why Saniderm is better  than its alternatives in  Saniderm’s tattoo knowledge base !.

Can I put Saniderm on a 2 day old tattoo?

Can you use Saniderm more than 24 hours after getting a tattoo?  The answer is, “yes. ”  As long as you are within the first 48 hours of your tattoo you can still apply a first bandage. However, if the tattoo is no longer bleeding or weeping, or if there is any scabbing whatsoever, apply a very thin layer of an aftercare ointment or lotion (our favorite is Sanibalm ) to the tattooed area only.

How often should I change my Saniderm?

While we generally recommend applying 2-3 pieces per tattoo, in succession , the answer to this question can vary by individual. Tattoo healing isn’t a cut and dry process. There are many factors which can affect how long a tattoo takes to pass through the stages of healing, such as the location of the tattoo, saturation level, and size.

  1. How many Saniderm bandages depends on how your body processes the healing stages;
  2. Your first piece of Saniderm should be used for up to 24 hours;
  3. When you change your first piece of film will depend on the intensity of weeping you are experiencing;

If your tattoo weeps severely, you may find yourself having to change it earlier than someone who experiences minimal weeping, as fluid may begin to leak from the bandage. Regardless of how much fluid you see in your Saniderm, you should always change the initial film at the 24-hour mark.

  • Your remaining pieces of Saniderm can be left on for up to six days—which gives you a full week of healing;
  • In some cases, you may find you only need one additional piece of Saniderm;
  • If you find yourself using more, don’t worry! It is perfectly normal to use up to four pieces of Saniderm during the healing process;

When changing pieces, make sure to leave a gap of no more than 30 minutes between removal and reapplication. Wash and pat dry with a clean paper towel or allow to air dry before applying your next bandage. Saniderm relies on your body’s natural methods to heal your tattoo and leaving the wound exposed for longer can cause the tattoo to begin drying out.

  1. When tattoos become dry, it can cause damage to your tattoo’s healing quality;
  2. If you feel that your skin is overly dry, you can apply a thin layer of Sanibalm to the tattoo before applying another Saniderm bandage;

If you have naturally oily skin or live in a humid climate, you likely won’t need it. However, if you live in a dry climate and have dry skin, this extra layer of moisturizer may help ease dryness and itching. If you believe that your tattoo needs more time to heal, you may continue applying additional Saniderm bandages.

Can I take Saniderm off after 1 day?

After you apply the first Saniderm bandage , we recommend leaving it on your new tattoo for between 8 to 24 hours. Everyone heals differently, and the length of time will vary depending on how much fluid your tattoo is weeping. When the adhesion of the Saniderm bandage begins to weaken, that’s your cue to remove or replace the bandage.

If you notice excessive weeping or fluid under your currently applied piece of Saniderm, it’s okay to carefully replace it with a new one. If your tattoo exudes more plasma and blood than usual, you may find yourself having to change it earlier.

This is common with heavy saturation and color work. Regardless of how much fluid build-up you experience , you should always change the initial film at the 24-hour mark to clean the area. Before replacing your Saniderm with a new bandage, you may apply a thin layer of Sanibalm or aftercare product.

  • If you live in a climate with high humidity or have naturally oily skin, this is not necessary;
  • But for those in low humidity climates or who have dry skin, a thin layer of moisturizer can help ease discomfort and itchiness due to dry skin;

Once you’ve applied the second bandage , it can be worn for up to 6 days. If you find the tattoo weeps into the second piece , remove it at the next 24 hour period. Then wash the tattoo , apply aftercare if needed, and apply a third piece. This third piece can be worn for up to 5 days.

Does Saniderm speed up healing?

What is Saniderm? –     Saniderm is a thin, clear protective bandage that adheres to the tattoo site. It’s water-resistant, breathable, and does a great job of keeping out dirt and bacteria. Saniderm uses your body’s own healing abilities to heal the tattoo quickly and effectively.

Can I take Saniderm off after 48 hours?

  • Leave Saniderm (clear bandage) on for 24-48 hours. This will prevent any irritation to your new tattoo and will prevent ink/blood staining on your bed.
  • Upon removing the Saniderm, wash the tattoo using a mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Take care to wipe away all traces of ink and plasma gently with your hand during the initial washing. Pat it dry with a clean paper towel and let it breathe for at least 5 min before applying ointment.
  • Once dry, apply a very thin coat of ointment to the tattoo. We recommend using Aquaphor or coconut oil. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap prior to applying ointment EVERY TIME. Only use enough to make it shine, a little goes a long way. Too much ointment traps germs into your new tattoo which can potentially lead to infection.
  • Repeat the cycle of washing, drying, and applying ointment to the tattoo 2 times per day for the rest 3-5 days. Wash in the morning, apply ointment, wash before bed and apply ointment. Don’t over-ointment, don’t scratch it, bump it, or fuss over it too much. Protect its space and allow it to heal by keeping it unbothered and clean at all times.
  • Apply unscented moisturizer 1-2 times a day for days 4-14, until flaking has completed. It is perfectly normal to see small akes falling o during this stage of healing.
  • You must keep your tattoo clean and dry! Long hot showers, baths. swimming, etc. must be avoided for 2 weeks. Do not shave over your new tattoo for at least 2-3 weeks.
  • Please refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. Scrubbing with a washcloth can be very harsh on a tattoo and will cause your colors to fade. Disrupting the tattoo while it’s healing can also cause scar tissue. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing time. If you must, slap your tattoo if it itches unbearably. Just remember not to pick or scratch no matter what !
  • Keep it out of the sun. Sun exposure will dry out your tattoo and could cause it to form a horrendous scab resulting in fading before it is even healed. Wait until it is fully healed to go back in the sun or a tanning bed. Never put sunblock on a tattoo that is still healing, always put sunblock on healed tattoos.

Following all of these simple steps will ensure that you end up with the best result with minimal complications. I hope you reference this as needed and take great care of your new piece of art..

Is it okay to have air bubbles in Saniderm?

You notice an air bubble under your freshly applied Saniderm bandage — now what should you do? While an air bubble under Saniderm is not necessarily “bad,” it will likely cause problems with adhesion further on down the line. If you find yourself in this predicament, we recommend these two options: A:  Simply make a small cut, let the air bubble out, and apply an additional small piece of Saniderm over the newly exposed area.

This is the option we generally recommend, just because it’s fast and easy. Be cautious when making the incision, however, as you don’t want to harm the tattoo below. Don’t apply too much pressure and try to make the smallest slit possible—just enough to release the air trapped inside.

B: Or, perhaps you don’t have any more Saniderm on hand. If this is the case, gently attempt to push the air bubble out by hand. Take caution during this process — go slowly and be attentive. It is important that you keep your tattoo completely sealed. If you poke a hole in the air bubble, it is vital that you apply an additional piece of Saniderm over the top.

Leaving this hole exposed puts you at risk of infection as bacteria can enter the film through the open hole. In addition to bacteria, showering with an exposed hole in your Saniderm will allow water to collect inside the film and loosen the adhesive.

Have additional questions about Saniderm? Read more about  how Saniderm works ,  where Saniderm came from , and  why Saniderm is better  than its alternatives in  Saniderm’s tattoo knowledge base !.