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Zone One Tattoo & Piercing Clinic Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don't take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken. Leave That Bandage Alone! Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-borne bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later. The only exception to this rule is if your artist covered your tattoo with saran wrap or some kind of plastic. This is extremely detrimental to a tattoo, so it should be removed immediately. You're better off not having any covering than to be suffocating your new tattoo with plastic wrap. Wash and Treat After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Satin & Provon come highly recommended. Dial tends to be too harsh - generic brand antibacterial soaps are actually better) to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.) Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. A&D vitamin enriched ointment would be my first choice, but if you don't have any, Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable. Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo. Specialty Products and Lotions


If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product such as Tattoo Goo or H2Ocean. It's not necessary, as many over the counter products work just fine, but it's your choice. Use the products as directed as continue for 3-5 days. After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. A lot of artists recommend Lubriderm, but I have found that Lubriderm stings when I apply it. Instead, I have had great success with Eucerin. Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet - just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water - should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. Scabbing and Peeling After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly-done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and there is no need to panic. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab - wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it! Protection from the sun After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.

Tattoo Aftercare - How to Take Care of Your New Tattoo From Karen L Hudson, who use to write for about.com

When it comes to aftercare zone one want you to be as knowledgeable as possible. We have simply encouraged you to read the preceding article to make sure that you give your new tattoo the best start it life! If you are in any doubt or feel ill in anyway contact your doctor. Make sure that you also contact Keri at our studio she will be more than happy to give advice or any help she can to aid recovery. In summary Keri believes that these simple steps are important.   

Keep it clean, do not get it bumped and avoid it getting scratched. Remove the protective cover after one or two hours and unless instructed do not rebandage. Wash your tattoo gently with clean warm water to remove any ointment, excess colour and dry blood. Dry your tattoo off by dabbing not rubbing the tattooed area with a soft, clean, dry towel. Rubbing it dry will irritate the healing process and the tattoo will be damaged! Use only plain unscented moisturiser. None of the fancy smelling ones with tan and do not


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use vaseline. Use only a small amount of moisturiser and gently work it onto the tattoo wiping off any excess with a clean dry towel. Do this 2 or 3 times a day depending on how dry the protective scab is. A slight protective scab will start to form within around 2 days. Do not scratch or pick your tattoo. Healing will be complete in approximately a week to 10 days. Although just out-line work will begin to heal in about half that time. Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, sun beds or fake tan until your new tattoo is fully healed, after that, use factor 50 to cover the tattooed area to maintain its vibrancy this reduces chances of needing a touch up. Do not soak in the bath until your tattoo is fully healed it will lose its effects and colour tone! Keep the exercise down to a minimum. Now that you have your new tattoo there are a few things you have to remember to inshore there are no complications during the healing presses so your new tattoo stays bright and vibrant. There is no sun, ocean or chlorinated water on your new tattoo until it is fully healed. Healing time for the protective scab varies but is usually 1 to 2 weeks and peeling is normal but don’t pick or scratch let it heal naturally. Any touch up work required on your tattoo due to your own neglect will be covered at your own expense and not the artist. We are able to determine if you have neglected your tattoo.

Contact Numbers Zone One Salons 01253 283575 Keri (mobile number) 07949 531 249 (call or text only between working hours) Email: keri14@hotmail.co.uk

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