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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

Piercing 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, water, and your hand (NO WASH CLOTH)
     

  • 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
     

  • By the end of the first week, your tattoo may start peeling. DO NOT PICK AT IT! Let the skin heal naturally!
     

  • Switch to a color-free, unscented lotion 
     

  • 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 (failure to do so can result in fading and discoloration)
     

  • NO SOAKING/SUBMERGING

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

  • NO TANNING

  • 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 making it difficult to replace jewelry
     

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

    • Sterile saline solution + cotton swab for body piercings

    • Sterile saline mouth rinse 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

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