Saniderm Tattoo Bandage How Long?

Saniderm Tattoo Bandage How Long

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 long can I leave Saniderm on my tattoo?

Treatment After Bandage Removal – Once you remove your Saniderm bandage and won’t be applying another, gently wash your new tattoo with luke-warm water and antibacterial soap. Once washed, pat dry with a clean paper towel. After the first 12 hours apply a white unscented lotion or a very small dab of Hustle Butter Deluxe 2-3 times a day.

How soon is too soon to take off Saniderm?

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.

  1. You will have irritation, redness, bleeding, seeping, and ink collect under the bandage;
  2. 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.

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.

  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.

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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..

How do you know when to remove Saniderm?

Can I take Saniderm off after 2 days?

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.

  1. 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;
  2. 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.

Can I take Saniderm off after 5 days?

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

  • Get excited! Your tattoo day is finally here 🙂
  • Please make sure you are well rested, hydrated, and have eaten at least 3 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Keep in mind, my private studio is a CASH ONLY shop.
  • Remember, your non-refundable deposit comes off the price of your piece on your last session.

AFTERCARE Saniderm

  • 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.

Do tattoos heal faster with Saniderm?

Results of New Tattoo Care Using Saniderm – Saniderm has helped hundreds of thousands heal their new tattoos with ease. Tattoos using Saniderm heal faster, experience less scabbing and peeling, and undergo significantly less early tattoo damage. Saniderm grants an effortless and convenient tattoo healing experience, leaving behind vivid and stunning tattoos.

Is it okay to leave Saniderm on for 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.

Is it okay to take Saniderm off after 4 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.

  1. Leave it Alone;
  2. After a couple of days, the liquid will start to harden up under the saniderm;
  3. 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;

* 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.

(This step is crucial as any bacteria left on the tattoo will be trapped underneath the new application of saniderm, possibly causing infection. ) 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.

  1. This is the most common issue I see clients deal with;
  2. 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;
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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..

Should I keep my tattoo wrapped for 5 days?

⏳ How long should I keep my tattoo covered with cling film? – After you leave the salon or your tattoo artist, you need to keep the tattoo wrapped for 2-4 hours if you use simple cling wrap (plastic foil). If you have a protective tattoo film, then keep it for 3-5 days.

What happens if Saniderm comes off early?

Here at The Edge we want to ensure you have a happy, safe and effective healing process. In order to meet these promises we use a product called Saniderm,  a clear bandage that is applied to your tattoo after completion. If your artist does not use saniderm, follow the verbal instructions they gave you in the studio.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO WHILE WEARING SANIDERM : Keep it on for 24 hours. Normal showering and activity is fine, however do not excessively soak, submerge it under any water, or expose it to any pool, ocean, river, lake, or pond water.

If the Saniderm begins coming off, do not stick it back down, instead remove the plastic early. Additionally, the Saniderm will accrue body fluids and ink under the wrap, your tattoo is not falling out or staining your skin. However, if you notice water under the wrap, then it also must come off early.

After the 24 hour period, remove the Saniderm. We recommend doing this slowly after cleaning your hands with antibacterial soap and soaking it thoroughly in a long warm shower. Once removed, simply wash the area gently with antibacterial liquid soap using warm water and skin to skin contact.

Afterwards let it air dry. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO AFTER REMOVING SANIDERM : Still keep it out of any previously described water for 2 weeks. Wait until the area is completely air dried to apply any moisturizer. The main theme of how to moisturize your tattoo is to apply it frequently and lightly.

Ensuring that only enough to keep the area moisturized is applied, as you do not want to suffocate the area with over application of the moisturizer. The first week of moisturizing will be done using Aquaphor, no other ointments such as A&D, Neosporin, or triple antibiotic will heal the tattoo properly.

Following the first week, an unscented and undyed lotion will be used, a thicker lotion such as a Palmer’s Coacoa Butter is best as it requires less frequent reapplication. If any product stings when applied, do not use it again. There should be no visible moisturizer left on the skin.

  • If you do over apply or if your skin looks slimey, then moisturize to the areas around the tattoo, don’t wipe away the excess;
  • Moisturize throughout the day, at least 7 times per day, for the first 4 weeks;

After that taper off to at least 3 times per day for the next 3 weeks. There is no maximum amount of times, just do not over apply. If the skin looks like dry skin or feels itchy, then moisturize again. The tattoo area will look red and irritated for a bit, this is normal, as you did just get stabbed with a needle.

During the healing process it is also normal for the area to flake and maybe lightly scab,  DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH AT YOUR TATTOO, rather continue to moisturize. Contact your tattoo artist with any questions or concerns, we are here for the entire process and to answer any questions you may have.

Clean bedding and clothing are important, as dirt, body oils and other substances can find their way into your new tattoo. THINGS TO AVOID : For the first 3-4 weeks, please avoid any activity that would involve soaking the skin or the tattooed area such as hot tubs, baths, swimming in pools or ocean water, pedicures, etc.

Regular showering is fine. The tattoo only needs to be cleaned with antibacterial soap the one time that the bandage comes off. Any further cleaning should be done in a normal daily shower with soap that does not irritate your skin or sting.

DO NOT WASH EXCESSIVELY, it will dry your tattoo and cause improper healing. It is VERY important to keep a new tattoo out of the sun, as the skin is already traumatized. Any other damage such as a sun burn will have increasingly adverse effects on your new tattoo healing properly.

The most important thing to do in the long term is to use SPF 45 or stronger sunscreen, reapplying every 2 hours anytime your tattoo is subject to the sun. The sun can damage Tattoos through clothing, so UPF clothing or using SPF under your clothing is the best way to remain protected.

Keep in mind that the sun can fade your tattoos at any point. Therefore, if you want to keep those pigments bold, bright, and beautiful and details from blobbing up, then invest in sun protection. Apply this at least every 2 hours and do not use alcohol based or aerosol sunscreen.

  • We guarantee our work and offer free touch ups within the first four months with the artist who originally did your tattoo;
  • This policy does have some exceptions depending on the area of the body the tattoo is located;

There are a million different ways that people claim the healing process should be handled, this method is what we recommend, as this is what has worked best for us. Please do not refer to the advice of a non-professional or an artist who did not do your tattoo for something as important as the safety of your body and the quality of your permanent artwork.

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 !.

Can Saniderm rip out ink?

Saniderm and Tattoo Scabbing – Once again, we always advise users to change the first Saniderm bandage within the first 24 hours, take it off, and clean the tattoo like normal. Allow the area air dry for a few minutes before applying a second bandage, which can be left on for up to 7 days.

To further prevent scabbing and peeling underneath your Saniderm bandage, you can apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare such as Sanibalm before applying your second bandage. This step is especially helpful if your tattoo is dry or itchy.

If your tattoo is still weeping, Sanibalm is not necessary. If your tattoo IS scabbing underneath Saniderm, as long as there are no signs of infection or contamination, we recommend leaving the bandage on. Removing Saniderm from a scabbing tattoo may pull the scabs off prematurely, disturbing the ink and resulting in color and detail loss.

If you need to remove the bandage from a scabbing tattoo, do so with caution and be sure to check out our guide on how to remove Saniderm. Speak to your tattoo artist for additional questions and concerns.

Looking for more information about proper Saniderm usage? Ask our extensive tattoo knowledge base or check out our entire guide to new tattoo care !.

What happens if you leave a tattoo bandage on too long?

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.

When speaking about skills, I’m not referring to their artistic skills. This would be about the artists’ tattooing procedure and application skills. Everyone’s skin is different skin. 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.

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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.

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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.

  1. When it comes to cleaning your new tattoo, make sure you do this several times a day;
  2. You can read our 17 Best Tips To Heal New Tattoos here;
  3. 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.

  1. Cover Up with clothing or try to stay out of the sun;
  2. Never apply any sunscreen on a fresh tattoo;
  3. Some of these products have ingredients that are not good for your fresh ink during healing;
  4. 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 happens if Saniderm comes off early?

Here at The Edge we want to ensure you have a happy, safe and effective healing process. In order to meet these promises we use a product called Saniderm,  a clear bandage that is applied to your tattoo after completion. If your artist does not use saniderm, follow the verbal instructions they gave you in the studio.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO WHILE WEARING SANIDERM : Keep it on for 24 hours. Normal showering and activity is fine, however do not excessively soak, submerge it under any water, or expose it to any pool, ocean, river, lake, or pond water.

If the Saniderm begins coming off, do not stick it back down, instead remove the plastic early. Additionally, the Saniderm will accrue body fluids and ink under the wrap, your tattoo is not falling out or staining your skin. However, if you notice water under the wrap, then it also must come off early.

After the 24 hour period, remove the Saniderm. We recommend doing this slowly after cleaning your hands with antibacterial soap and soaking it thoroughly in a long warm shower. Once removed, simply wash the area gently with antibacterial liquid soap using warm water and skin to skin contact.

Afterwards let it air dry. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO AFTER REMOVING SANIDERM : Still keep it out of any previously described water for 2 weeks. Wait until the area is completely air dried to apply any moisturizer. The main theme of how to moisturize your tattoo is to apply it frequently and lightly.

Ensuring that only enough to keep the area moisturized is applied, as you do not want to suffocate the area with over application of the moisturizer. The first week of moisturizing will be done using Aquaphor, no other ointments such as A&D, Neosporin, or triple antibiotic will heal the tattoo properly.

Following the first week, an unscented and undyed lotion will be used, a thicker lotion such as a Palmer’s Coacoa Butter is best as it requires less frequent reapplication. If any product stings when applied, do not use it again. There should be no visible moisturizer left on the skin.

If you do over apply or if your skin looks slimey, then moisturize to the areas around the tattoo, don’t wipe away the excess. Moisturize throughout the day, at least 7 times per day, for the first 4 weeks.

After that taper off to at least 3 times per day for the next 3 weeks. There is no maximum amount of times, just do not over apply. If the skin looks like dry skin or feels itchy, then moisturize again. The tattoo area will look red and irritated for a bit, this is normal, as you did just get stabbed with a needle.

During the healing process it is also normal for the area to flake and maybe lightly scab,  DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH AT YOUR TATTOO, rather continue to moisturize. Contact your tattoo artist with any questions or concerns, we are here for the entire process and to answer any questions you may have.

Clean bedding and clothing are important, as dirt, body oils and other substances can find their way into your new tattoo. THINGS TO AVOID : For the first 3-4 weeks, please avoid any activity that would involve soaking the skin or the tattooed area such as hot tubs, baths, swimming in pools or ocean water, pedicures, etc.

Regular showering is fine. The tattoo only needs to be cleaned with antibacterial soap the one time that the bandage comes off. Any further cleaning should be done in a normal daily shower with soap that does not irritate your skin or sting.

DO NOT WASH EXCESSIVELY, it will dry your tattoo and cause improper healing. It is VERY important to keep a new tattoo out of the sun, as the skin is already traumatized. Any other damage such as a sun burn will have increasingly adverse effects on your new tattoo healing properly.

The most important thing to do in the long term is to use SPF 45 or stronger sunscreen, reapplying every 2 hours anytime your tattoo is subject to the sun. The sun can damage Tattoos through clothing, so UPF clothing or using SPF under your clothing is the best way to remain protected.

Keep in mind that the sun can fade your tattoos at any point. Therefore, if you want to keep those pigments bold, bright, and beautiful and details from blobbing up, then invest in sun protection. Apply this at least every 2 hours and do not use alcohol based or aerosol sunscreen.

  • We guarantee our work and offer free touch ups within the first four months with the artist who originally did your tattoo;
  • This policy does have some exceptions depending on the area of the body the tattoo is located;

There are a million different ways that people claim the healing process should be handled, this method is what we recommend, as this is what has worked best for us. Please do not refer to the advice of a non-professional or an artist who did not do your tattoo for something as important as the safety of your body and the quality of your permanent artwork.

Do tattoos scab with Saniderm?

Saniderm is Different – By design, Saniderm’s tattoo bandage is permeable enough for oxygen and water vapor to pass through. This is important, as it allows the wounded area to maintain optimal levels of breathability. Additionally, Saniderm protects against dirt and germs, offering protection from friction and other irritants. No worries about your furry friend rubbing against your tattoo or trying to stop nosey people from rubbing their hands on it.

  • Saniderm works by locking in your body’s natural healing fluids so your tattoo stays hydrated and heals quickly and efficiently with no scabbing and reduced scarring;
  • In addition, we engineered Saniderm to be gas permeable so your skin can breathe and get all the oxygen it needs to heal perfectly;

Another perk—because it is breathable, you can wear Saniderm for several days at a time while your tattoo heals. This allows you to skip out on the frequent washing and ointment applying involved with traditional tattoo aftercare. Have additional questions about Saniderm? Want to know what we think are the best products to put on a new tattoo?  Ask our tattoo aftercare knowledge base !.