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Healing with Plastic Wrap

Thing's You Will Need​

  • Aquaphor (tube not tub)

  • Plastic Wrap (just like the stuff in your kitchen)

  • Medical Tape (found in first aid section of pharmacy)

  • Dial Gold Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap

  • After Inked (found on amazon) or substitute for another fragrance free moisturizer. 

The Steps

  • Leave the wrap on until you're getting ready for bed the night of the tattoo.

  • Wash the tattoo under warm water using the anti-bacterial liquid hand soap. You can do this in the shower. Don't be shy; you need to apply a little bit of pressure to get the area nice and clean. 

  • Thoroughly rinse the soap off and pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel. 

  • Let the tattoo air dry for a few minutes and then apply Aquaphor. You want to use just enough to leave a super thin layer. Rub it in, but expect some greasiness. Aquaphor is an ointment not a moisturizer, so it will always leave a thin film on the skin. That's why we are using it when re-wrapping. 

  • After applying Aquaphor re-wrap your tattoo with new clean Plastic Wrap. Medical tape will help to secure it.

  • Wear the new wrap over-night and remove/wash immediately in the morning. Let it air dry for a few minutes and watch and see if it is still seeping bodily fluid or "oozing". If 5-10 minutes goes by and the tattoo is still oozing you can re-wrap with Aquaphor for the day. If it's not oozing anymore start normal care!

  • Do not wrap beyond the second day. Make sure not to leave a wrap on for more than 12 hours in a row.

  • When you stop wrapping begin washing and moisturizing twice a day for up to two weeks. Switch to After Inked instead of Aquaphor. The ointment is only for the plastic wrap, now we want to use a moisturizer. 

  • If your tattoo is on an area that bends (like your elbow) try your best to limit movement in that area. I know, it's not easy, but try to be conscious of it when you can.

THINGS TO AVOID:
Direct sunlight, dusty environments, any bodies of water (no baths or swimming), the gym, pets, and anything else you think could expose your tattoo to bacteria/contaminants. Do not pick or scratch at your tattoo.