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  • You should leave the bandage on for up to 24 hours.  It is a proper sterile cover designed for this use. After 24 hours, remove the bandage and go to step two below.  If you find it sticks to your skin a bit, you can use warm water to peel the edges back.
  • Wash the tattoo using a mild antibacterial soap (such as PurSan) and warm water. Take care to remove all traces of blood and plasma as this will cause scabbing. You can rub it gently with wet  paper towel and soap. It should not have any shiny spots left anywhere, but should look matte and velvety. Pat it dry with a clean paper towel and leave it alone.   Over the next 20 minutes you can pat it again a few times with a clean paper towel to absorb all of the plasma and white blood cells.  This allows for excess moisture to evaporate out. It’s very important to let your tattoo “breathe” like this any time you get it wet while healing.  Do not re-bandage the tattoo.
  • Repeat the cycle of washing, drying, and blotting the tattoo about 3-4 times per day for the first 3 days (while the tattoo feels tender).  Definitely morning and evening at a minimum.
  • Try to keep the tattoo dry for the first phase of healing, that way it doesn’t have a chance to form a scab but does form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it heals. This layer peels off very similar to a sunburn (do not peel your tattoo, you will pull the ink out!) and it is perfectly normal to see small flakes of colored skin falling off during this stage of healing.
  • After the first 3 days, ointment (like PurTect) can be applied whenever the tattoo is feeling stiff or dry but beware of over-moisturizing. A very thin layer is all you need. Do not use lotions that contain color or fragrance at all until the healing is complete.
  • You must keep your tattoo clean! However, long showers or baths must be avoided for 2 weeks.  This includes swimming in the ocean, pools, hot tubs, and saunas. Short showers are best, under ten minutes if possible.
  • Please refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during the healing time.
  • Remember, the sun is BAD for your tattoo! Whether the tattoo is new or old, if you want it to look nice and heal properly, keep it out of the sun. Wait until it is fully healed to go back in the sun or a tanning bed and make sure you put on a high quality sunblock. Never put sunblock on a tattoo that is still healing.
  • Following all of these simple steps will ensure that you end up with the best result with minimal complications.
  • for more information on Sani Derm bandage, visit http://saniderm.com/faq/