Tattoo Care – Skinhouse Studio

Tattoo Care Instructions

If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call or e-mail.

Please do:

  • Tattoo CareAlways wash your hands before touching your tattoo for optimal tattoo care!


  • When you get home: Remove bandage within 30 minutes to an hour after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage for optimal tattoo care.


  • Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap or regular non scented Dial hand soap. Be gentle and do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands when providing tattoo care.


  • Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.


  • The first 3-4 days: Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bacitracin, A&D, or Tattoo Goo– whatever you know you’re not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any excess ointment with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum or Bag Balm. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.


  • On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo in saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.


  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.


  • After day 4: On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. Begin using a mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or Perfumes.


  • Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily for optimal tattoo care.


Things to avoid:

  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.


  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub for optimal tattoo care.


  • You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.


  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.


  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.


  • Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it for optimal tattoo care. Raul Regalado 720-491-7375

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