You finally did it. You got the tattoo you always wanted. It’s bright and it’s colorful. But now you have to take care of it to make sure you don’t get a skin infection. So how do you even know what the right steps are? As always, it’s important to trust your tattoo artist and listen carefully to the artist, as well as any studio aftercare instructions.

Why Cleaning your New Tattoo is so Important

At the studio, after your artist has finished their work and you’re happy with it, they will proceed to wipe your tattoo down with antibacterial soap and may wrap it up in either a plastic or a surgical wrap and will advise how long you should wear the wrap for before removing it.

Once you can remove your wrap comes the important part – the first clean. A good tattoo artist will also advise on the best way to clean your tattoo, and how often.

After the first 24 hours, you should gently wash your tattoo with gentle cleansing soap and lukewarm water.

Pat dry with a clean towel and apply a layer of antibacterial ointment twice a day, but don’t put on another bandage.

You should gently wash your tattoo area twice daily with soap and water and gently pat dry. Keep applying a non-scented moisturizer after you clean it to keep it moist.

You should repeat this process for 2 to 4 weeks. During the first several weeks, try not to wear clothes that will stick to your tattoo. You will also need to avoid baths (showers only), swimming, and the sun until your tattoo is healed.

Please note that your tattoo will definitely scab to some extent (it’s how all open-skin wounds naturally heal). As long as you can keep the area clear from oozing plasma for the first few days though, the scabbing should generally be very light, and should only raise slightly over the skin.

If you have any questions about the tattooing process or questions about tattoo aftercare, Pyramid Tattoos offers the best, most experienced tattoo artists in San Jose CA. Call us today!