Remove the bandage placed by the artist after 24 hours. Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and pat dry.
Apply a layer of antibacterial ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage.
Gently wash your tattoo area several times a day with soap and water and gently pat dry.
Keep applying a moisturizer or ointment after you clean it to keep it moist.
Repeat this process for 2 to 4 weeks
Try not to wear clothes that will stick to your tattoo, and avoid swimming and the sun for about 2 weeks.
Try to take cool showers. Scalding hot water will not only hurt, but it can also fade the ink.
If your tattoo scabs a bit or develops hard layers, don’t worry. It’s normal. But never pick, scratch, or peel it. You could get an infection or remove the color.
If you think your tattoo is infected, or isn’t healing properly, go see your artist and or doctor.
Do not touch or pull your new piercing. Usually, there are a lot of dangerous bacteria on your hands that may get into the wound and provoke different kinds of infections.
Perform a standard cleaning routine no more than twice a day: in the morning and before going to bed. Use simple saline or cleaning solutions made for piercing aftercare. Wash gently and allow to air dry.
Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning your piercing to avoid letting infections into the fresh wound.
Do not over-clean your piercing, as you would destroy the creation of the natural bacteria and impede the normal recovery process.
Do not use Q-tips or anything to make direct contact with the piercing site
Try and avoid swimming or tanning.
In case of excessive swelling, bleeding, or pain, you should visit the piercer/doctor immediately to prevent further complications and dangers.