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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.

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.
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