Healing and Aftercare

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us, which is why we are proud to carry the very best in

tattoo and piercing aftercare:

NeilMed, Aquaphor, Saniderm, and Hush Gel

Tattoo Aftercare

  • Leave the bandage on for approximately 2 hours unless using Saniderm
     

  • Wash hands thoroughly before removing the bandage
     

  • After removing the bandage, wash the tattoo gently with anti-bacterial soap and water, and pat dry with a clean towel/paper towel
     

  • After drying, apply a thin layer of Aquaphor or protective ointment
     

  • Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor/protective ointment to the clean tattoo 2-3 times per day until the tattoo for approximately 3-5 days
     

  • Switch to a white, non-scented lotion after about 1 week
     

  • By the 2nd-3rd day, your tattoo may start peeling. DO NOT PICK AT IT. Let the skin heal naturally.
     

  • Avoid contact with anything that can introduce your healing tattoo to harmful bacteria or unnecessary trauma 
     

  • Remember to:

        -wear loose-fitting clothing while healing

        -clean your bedding and towels often

        -wash hands prior to cleaning
 

  • After your tattoo is healed, use sunblock to protect it from direct sunlight
     

  • NO SOAKING/SUBMERGING

    • including pools, baths, hot tubs, ocean/river/lake water

  • NO TANNING

Piercing Aftercare

  • Avoid touching your piercings unless cleaning it
     

  • Wash your hands prior to cleaning
     

  • Do not remove jewelry unless necessary, the piercing site will start to close
     

  • Clean your piercing with 2 X’s a day with

    • Sterile saline solution for body piercings

    • Sterile saline/Listerine for oral piercings
       

  • Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Bactine, soap, or ointments for cleaning
     

  • Avoid anything that can cause trauma to your fresh piercing
     

  • Keep yourself healthy & hydrated for optimal healing
     

  • Wear clean, loose-fitted clothing and wash bedding/towels often
     

  • Do not submerge or soak your new piercing (baths, pools, hot tubs, ocean/lake water). Showering is safe.

    *These instructions are generic. Your piercer will give you specific care instructions for your piercing. If you have any questions or concerns during the healing process, please call or email the shop directly*

If you have ANY questions or concerns regarding aftercare, please contact the shop by phone at (302) 276-0904, or by email at malarkeytattoo@gmail.com