Tattoo Aftercare

At Inkhaus, we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our environment and equipment. However, getting a new tattoo involves breaking the skin surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. Your tattoo should be treated as a wound initially and it is important that this advice is followed so that the infection risk can be minimised, and your tattoo can heal properly and look fantastic!

Straight away:
•Your new tattoo will consist of an area of tiny skin breaks, caused by the tattooing needles, so it should be kept covered afterwards overnight using the sterile, non-adherent dressing applied by ourselves. This dressing is only intended to get you home without the treated area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air. The dressing will also help to stop any bleeding/fluid oozing, but should be removed before it dries on the fresh tattoo. We recommend leaving it on overnight and taking it off the next morning.
•Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo site.
•After removal of the dressing, gently wash the tattoo site with cool tap water and a gentle soap (Dove or Simple Soap) and pat dry with a clean towel or tissue. Do not rub as skin can become irritated and possibly damage to your new tattoo could occur.
•Apply a moisturising skin cream after washing and drying the tattoo area (we only recommend Hustle Butter). This protects the skin from drying out, speeds up healing time and reduces the potential amount of scabbing. Wash the area and apply the cream at least 2-3 times a day for the first 3 days, making sure to apply extra if it feels dry or tight. Repeat cream application 2-3 times a day to keep skin moisturised until fully healed. There is generally no need to use any other skin creams or antiseptic products.

First Week:
•Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the new tattoo site to reduce the risk of introducing infection. Also, scratching off scabs can damage the fresh tattoo underneath.
•If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented.
•Apply a moisturising skin cream after washing and drying the tattoo area (Hustle Butter). This protects the skin from drying out, speeds up healing time and reduces the potential amount of scabbing. Repeat cream application 2-3 times a day to keep skin moisturised until fully healed. There is generally no need to use any other skin creams or antiseptic products.

Second Week Onwards:
•After approximately 2 weeks, any scabbing should have gone and been replaced with new, intact skin. The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days.
•Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sun light/chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation.
•Avoid letting the healed tattoo become sunburnt or tanned. It can be irreversibly damaged, causing colours to fade.
•Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo site.
•Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dry/dusty/oily environment.
•If you have any problems/queries, contact us initially on (01642) 781266 or info@inkhaus.co.uk or pop in. If necessary, we will then refer you onto your GP if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection.