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Caring for Your Tattoo

Starting off Right 

  1. Do not re-bandage the tattoo.
  2. Do not apply Vaseline, lanolin or petroleum-based products 
  3. Do not apply alcohol
  4. Do not rub, scratch or pick at the tattoo.
  5. Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in a sauna, steam in a bathtub or hot tub for two weeks.
  6. Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft. 

The First Hours:

A tattoo is considered minor surgery. It may bleed a bit at first, but it should stop within a couple of hours. Most artists recommend the tattoo be kept bandaged overnight or for at least two to five hours. If the gauze sticks to the skin, soak the area with cold water until the gauze loosens, then remove carefully.

The First Days:

Once the tattoo is exposed, wash it carefully in cold water, gently applying Tattoo Goo® Deep Cleansing Soap with fingers (never use a cloth) to remove all surface blood. Rinse with cold water, pat dry with a clean towel and air dry for 15 minutes. Then, gently and sparingly apply a thin layer of Tattoo Goo® Salve. Repeat three or four times a day for seven to 10 days.

The First Weeks:

After five to 14 days, the tattoo may start to peel and scab. This is normal—like a sunburn. DO NOT pick or peel the skin away. Let it fall off naturally during washing or application of Tattoo Goo®. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colors may fade a bit during this process but will return when healing is completed.

The First Months:

After a few weeks, all scabbing will be gone, but the area may still be sensitive. Continue regular cleaning and application of Tattoo Goo® Salve or Lotion for proper aftercare of your tattoo.

Watch Out for the Sun:

Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after a few months you may sunbathe in moderation. Always use a sunblock with at least an SPF 30 that provides UVA and UVB protection.

In independent clinical trials, Tattoo Goo® did not cause allergic reactions, but if you experience any reaction to Tattoo Goo®, discontinue use and consult your tattoo artist. Please review all ingredients for allergies before use. Ingredients are located on the back of products.