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Tattoo Aftercare

Updated: Jan 9

If you already know that healing with SecondSkin isn't for you or you prefer the old school method of healing, click the link to jump right to our Traditional Aftercare Instructions.

SecondSkin Bandage & Aftercare

SecondSkin is a medical-grade, transparent adhesive bandage that protects new tattoos while they are healing. Your bandage can be left on for around 5 days after it has been applied to your new tattoo. It is waterproof, breathable and protects the tattoo from bacteria, debris and irritations, while also helping to save clothes and linens from ink and blood.

It is completely normal for your tattoo to weep fluid beneath your bandage in the first 24-48 hours. This does not mean that you need to remove the bandage. If you notice excessive fluid or the bandage becomes detached from the skin exposing the tattoo, discontinue use, wash with mild soap and follow the Traditional Aftercare Instructions below.

  1. After the 3rd → 5th day of having your bandage on, it will be time to remove it. Peel up an edge or corner of SecondSkin back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Pulling upward can be painful. Rarely, some people will find it difficult to remove, in this case try removing in a warm shower. The warm water will loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove.

  2. Slowly pull the SecondSkin off. Do not pull it straight up away from the skin. Instead, pull the film back and across the skin while holding your skin taut.

  3. Wash tattoo thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap and pat dry with a clean paper towel.

  4. Once tattoo is clean and dry, apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to your tattoo as needed.

You may experience some redness around the tattoo where SecondSkin was applied to the un-tattooed skin. This is completely normal and may occur with any type of medical adhesive. If you develop a serious reaction, discontinue use immediately and follow traditional aftercare.

Traditional Aftercare

Your tattoo and the area around it may be slightly swollen and red for the next week. Color may seep to the surface (it is ok to wipe this off with a damp, clean paper towel and reapply a thin layer of ointment after drying.) Do not let your tattoo stick to sheets or clothing, this can pull out ink.A thin scab should form evenly over the entire tattoo and should peel similar to a sunburn. Do not pick at the scab. The color may seem dull or uneven while your tattoo is healing. Your tattoo should be completely healed after one month. Shading may seem dark but will fade up to 40% throughout the healing process. If at anytime you have questions or concerns about how your tattoo is healing, please contact us right away.

Do’s ✓

Opt for a Shower Over a Bath

Be sure to wait at least 24 hours after getting your tattoo before taking a shower, but regardless of which aftercare option you choose to go with, soaking your new tattoo (bandaged or un-bandaged) is always a big no-no. If your tattoo is still in the healing process without a bandage on, it could cause serious damage. If you are using SecondSkin, it will stay on even when immersed in water so you’re able to shower as normal. It is water resistant, however excessive exposure to water should be avoided because it could weaken the adhesion and require you to reapply a new piece.

Use Liquid Antibacterial Soap

Leave Your Bandage On

Clean Your Tattoo Daily

Especially After Sweating

Wash Your Linens

Dont’s ✗

Touch With Dirty Hands

Soak Your New Tattoo

Sunbathe or Use a Tanning Bed


Wear Restrictive Clothing

Let Pets Near Your Fresh Tattoo

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