Standard Tattoo Aftercare Without Saniderm
After 1-4 hours remove plastic covering. Wash well with antimicrobial soap or hand soap. Do not soak. Apply thin layer of coconut oil or fragrance-free lotion. Keep away from pets. Keep it out of the sun.
Wash with mild soap as usual in the shower. Moisturize with coconut oil or fragrance-free lotion. Avoid petroleum based products such as A&D ointment, Vaseline and Aquaphor. Continue to avoid soaking in water, do not scratch the tattoo. Continue to avoid the sun.
Continue to wash as normal in the shower. Avoid scratching and petroleum products. Moisturize with unscented white lotion as needed. Continue to avoid direct sunlight.
Saniderm can be left on from 24 to 72 hours after initial application. It is best to remove it in the shower, with running water and a mild soap to help loosen the adhesive. Dry removal of Saniderm is not advised, as it can cause discomfort and damage the skin. If fluid buildup underneath your Saniderm patch begins to leak out, the protective barrier has been broken and the Saniderm should be removed in the shower.
Once removed, discard the old Saniderm patch in the trash and wash your tattoo with a mild gel or liquid soap, preferably fragrance free. Avoid soaking the tattoo. Allow the tattoo to air dry or pat dry with a clean towel.
Tattoos less than 4-5 days old can be moisturized with coconut oil. Avoid petroleum products like Vaseline, A&D ointment, and Aquaphor. Tattoos older than 5 days that have begun to feel dry to the touch can be moisturized with fragrance-free lotion. Avoid scratching or soaking the tattoo and avoid direct sunlight.
In the following weeks, continue to wash the tattoo in the shower as normal. Avoid scratching and petroleum products. Moisturize with fragrence-free lotion as needed. Continue to avoid direct sunlight.