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Aftercare Instructions

Welcome to the ArtGem Tattoos family! Your journey with our exceptional ink doesn’t end with the completion of your tattoo; it’s just the beginning. Proper aftercare is paramount for preserving the beauty and longevity of your new artwork.

At ArtGem Tattoos, we prioritize both your well-being and the excellence of your tattoo. Our aftercare sheet is a crucial resource in your tattoo journey, offering indispensable guidance on caring for your ink in the crucial days and weeks post-appointment. Adhering to these instructions diligently is key to preventing infections, minimizing scarring, and fostering optimal healing.

Remember, your artist is your dedicated partner on this journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out for any questions or concerns; their expertise and support extend far beyond the tattoo chair. We’re committed to making your tattoo experience exceptional, and together, we’ll ensure your ink shines brightly for a lifetime.

Polyurethane Acrylic Adhesive Medical Bandage Instructions

Also know as Second Skin, Tagaderm, Saniderm, etc.
  • After your artist puts on the bandage, leave it on for the recommended time, usually 3-5 days as advised by your artist. It is normal to see a collection of blood and fluids build up under the bandage.
  • If you notice the bandage peeling, leaking, punctured, or have any concerns about its proper placement, remove it immediately. The bandage creates a moist environment, and any openings could allow bacteria to enter, leading to potential infection. If you experience any adverse reactions such as itching or burning due to the adhesive, remove it immediately.
  • After the recommended time for wearing the bandage has passed, remove it slowly and gently in the shower under warm water to loosen the adhesive. Find an edge to put the bandage back over itself in the direction of hair growth for easier removal.
  • Once the bandage is removed, wash your tattoo with clean hands and an antibacterial unscented soap. Gently wash off any fluid build-up from your skin. Pat dry with a new, clean piece of paper towel. Avoid leaving your tattoo wet.
  • For the next few days, continue to wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day with an antibacterial/fragrance-free soap using clean hands. You can apply a very small amount of unscented lotion or tattoo aftercare balm. Avoid over-lotion, as excessive moisture can attract bacteria. Do not apply lotion until your tattoo is no longer an open wound (when it becomes flaky and itchy).

*WARNING*: This product contains an adhesive. Second skin may cause allergic reactions in people with adhesive allergies. If you experience an allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention if the reaction is severe.

*Please note that this revised version aims to provide clearer instructions for aftercare. However, it’s important to consult with your tattoo artist or a professional in the field to ensure that the instructions are tailored to your specific tattoo and take into consideration any individual requirements or recommendations provided by your artist.

Standard Bandage Instructions

Used in case of allergy to second skin or adhesive
  • Your artist will apply a sealed, sterile, non-stick bandage to your tattoo. Keep the bandage on until the next morning, unless instructed otherwise by your artist.
  • If the tattoo is still producing fluids, gently wash it with unscented antibacterial soap and warm water using clean hands. After washing, pat dry with a clean, new piece of paper towel and apply another non-stick pad on your tattoo. These pads can be purchased at any pharmacy.
  • Once the tattoo is no longer leaking fluid, you may remove the bandage, wash it, and let the tattoo breathe.
  • We recommend washing your new tattoo at least 2-3 times a day until it is fully healed. Use unscented antibacterial soap and clean hands for washing.
  • Once the tattoo reaches the flaky and itchy stage and is no longer an open wound, you can apply a VERY SMALL amount of unscented lotion or tattoo aftercare balm.

*Remember, it’s important to follow the specific instructions and recommendations provided by your tattoo artist, as they may have their own preferred aftercare routine. Additionally, consult with a professional in the field or your tattoo artist if you have any concerns or questions about the aftercare process for your specific tattoo.

    Things Not To Do With Your New Tattoo

    our advice to you, to ensure a healthy healing process
    • DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo as this can damage the artwork.
    • DO NOT go to the gym or engage in strenuous physical activities for approximately 2 weeks. Your tattoo needs time to heal.
    • DO NOT use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, polysporin, cortisone, fragrance products, or Vaseline on your new tattoo.
    • DO NOT use sponges, washcloths, or anything abrasive while cleaning your tattoo. These can harbor bacteria and potentially irritate or harm your tattoo.
    • DO NOT let anyone touch your new tattoo, except when washing it with clean hands.
    • NO swimming for at least 2 weeks or until your tattoo is fully healed. This includes hot tubs, baths, or any form of soaking, as they can introduce bacteria and harm your tattoo.
    • DO NOT expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight, including tanning beds. Protect your tattoo’s crispness and longevity by avoiding sunlight. During the healing process, do not apply sunscreen.
    • DO NOT shave over your new tattoo until it feels flat and smooth, similar to the surrounding skin.
    • DO NOT allow water to run directly on your new tattoo while it’s healing. Avoid letting shower jets beat directly onto the tattoo.
    • DO NOT use any products on the tattoo that are not recommended. If you are unsure, please consult your artist for guidance.
    • DO NOT let your pet touch, lick, or come into contact with your new tattoo. Keep any animal hair away from the tattoo.

    Recommend Lotions to Use

    These lotions are known for their moisturizing properties and are suitable for keeping your tattoo hydrated during the healing process. We recommend using non-greasy, fragrance-free, and dye-free moisturizing lotions

    Hustle butterCetaphil
    Tattoo Goo

    Recommend Soaps to Use

    These brands are known for their gentle formulas that are suitable for tattoo cleaning purposes.


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      Your artist is your dedicated partner in the journey of your tattoo, and their expertise doesn’t end with the completion of your ink. If you have any questions, concerns, or need guidance throughout the healing process or beyond, don’t hesitate to reach out to your artist.

      They are there to provide valuable insights, address any uncertainties, and offer support to ensure your tattoo’s optimal outcome. Whether it’s about aftercare, potential touch-ups, or simply sharing your thoughts on the artwork, open communication with your artist enhances the overall experience and ensures that your tattoo continues to reflect your vision and satisfaction. Your artist is committed to your satisfaction, so feel free to connect with them for any assistance you may need along your tattoo journey.

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