Michigan Department of Community Health
Pincushn’s Custom tattoo and Body Piercing
Aftercare Instructions for Tattoos
Approximate Healing Time for Tattoos: Two to Four (2-4) weeks
Supplies Needed: Antibacterial liquid soap, antibiotic ointment, fragrance-free skin lotion
Aftercare Instructions: Wash your hands and carefully remove your bandage. Thoroughly wash the entire area of tattoo with an antibacterial liquid soap with cool water. Pat dry the area with a clean paper towel. You will apply a very thin, thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the tattoo (you may need to gently wipe some of the ointment off if applied too thick). You will need to apply said thin layers of ointment two to four (2-4) times daily for at least three (3) days. After approximately three to five (3-5) days of using the antibiotic ointment, you may switch to a non-scented, fragrance-free mild skin lotion. When in the shower, gently wash your tattoo with an antibacterial soap and do not allow the water to beat down on your tattoo directly. Pat dry when you are out of the shower.
- Do not re-bandage your tattoo. You should allow it to ‘breathe’
- Avoid sunlight contact to your fresh tattoo for two (2) weeks
- Do not submerge your tattoo in salt water, chlorine water, saunas, hot tubs or bath water for two (2) weeks. But you can shower… Please shower.
- Your tattoo will flake, itch and peel. Do not pick at your tattoo. You can potentially remove ink and will need premature touch-ups. Pat your tattoo gently if it itches.
- A mild skin lotion will keep the ‘flaking’ to a minimum.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo, contact your artist at Pincushn’s Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing. In addition, you should seek medical attention if the tattoo site becomes infected or extremely painful, or if you develop a fever shortly after being tattooed.
Pincushn's Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing
214 College Ave
Holland MI, 49423