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The proper aftercare of your new tattoo or piercing is an important step not to be taken lightly. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your new ink or piercing.

Tattoos

Remove the bandage after one hour. Gently wash your new tattoo with a mild soap and warm water using your fingers only. Make sure to blot dry – do not rub until your tattoo is fully healed. You will not need to apply another bandage.

Apply a thin film of A&D ointment as often as 4 times a day to keep your tattoo moist for the first 3-4 days. This will prevent a scab from forming over your new tattoo. If a scab does form, do not pick or mess with it. It will naturally fall off in a few days. Afterwards, apply a good quality, fragrance free, skin moisturizer for two weeks or even longer. This will ensure the brightness and quality of your new tattoo to last a long time.

Do not soak in a bathtub, hot tub, and avoid swimming for up to two weeks. If you are going to be outdoors and exposed to sunlight, be sure to cover your new tattoo with clothing or a dry bandage. Make sure to take the bandage off afterwards so your tattoo is able to breathe and heal faster. After it has healed, protect your tattoo from the sun with a good sun block cream.

While your new tattoo is healing, there may be some soreness, swelling, and itchiness. Do not scratch your new tattoo, the skin moisturizing cream can help with the itchiness, after the 3-4 day period of using ointment.

Some products that may be good for your skin, will not help your tattoo heal, it may even damage it, so before you apply something to your skin that is not a recommended product, please call.

Body Piercings

Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing.

Soap (anti-bacterial fragrance free) up to twice a day. lather a pearly size drop of soap to clean the jewelry and the skin around it. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

Soak for 5 to 10 minutes up to twice daily with Wound Care Wash, a spray which can be found in the first aid section of most any pharmacy.

Some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising is normal.

During healing some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellowish fluid (not pus) that will form some crust around the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

Avoid cleaning with batadine, hibiclens, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, dial or other harsh soaps as they can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they will prevent necessary air circulation.

Avoid bactine pierced ear care solutions and other products containing benzalkonlum chloride (bzk) and benzethonlum chloride (bzt) These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.

Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

Avoid all oral contact, rough play and contact with others bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools and hot tubs.

Oral Piercings

To reduce swelling allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth.

Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to package instructions.

Refrain from smoking and the transfer of foreign body fluids until the swelling subsides.

Remember to check the jewelry periodically to make sure it is fastened properly.

For lip or labret piercings, wash the same as listed for body piercings but follow with a thorough rinse of inside the mouth using Crest Pro-Health for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with to strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation for your mouth and piercing.