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 Tattoo Care with "Derm Shield"

Derm Shield by “Recovery” one of the best products for healing fresh tattoos. it is a transparent, soothing, breathable and water-resistant bandage designed to keep contaminants away from the fresh tattoo. Derm Shield will protect your new tattoo and help prevent fading and flaking/scabbing, while allowing you to shower and perform normal activities without fear of contamination or infection. It also drastically reduces healing time and discomfort. There are also similar products like tattoo-derm, Tegaderm, and Saniderm. We found the "derm shield" is thinner than others and stays on the skin better. 

  • A day after getting a tattoo, ink, and plasma may be trapped underneath the wrap and you won’t be able to see the tattoo clearly. This is normal. To continue to protect your tattoo, we will re-wrap that bandage for you at our studio. If you have an extra wrap, you may change the wrap yourself. First, gently wipe it with Listerine or soap, and rinse with water. Before re-wrapping your tattoo with Derm Shield dab dry with a paper towel or allow to air dry completely. Do not apply lotion or ointment before re-wrapping the tattoo.

  • Leave the new wrap in place for 4 or 5 more days. You can take showers with it and practice daily activities without worry of infection. Do not swim or soak in a bath for three weeks until the tattoo is healed, avoid working out for the first 3 days.

  • After the 5th day, you may remove the wrap and clean the tattoo again. We strongly recommend removing during or after a hot shower. It will help to loosen up the adhesive, allowing for easy removal. Use soap to clean any residue.

  • After removing the bandage, dab tattooed area with Listerine twice daily until the tattoo is completely healed. Apply a small amount of Hustle Butter or coconut oil based lotion sparingly for a few days. Do not use too much lotion as that can suffocate the tattoo and increase healing time.

  • If you have excess swelling or redness, you can apply a cold pack to decrease swelling and inflammation.

If you are unable to re-wrap the tattoo yourself and are unable to return to the shop to get it re-wrapped, remove the tattoo wrap after
24 hours and follow the instructions below. If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to bandages, we recommend a product called
“Armor Gel”.  This is a great product for people who have healing issues or sensitive skin. All products listed are available to purchase online. Contact with any questions or concerns, we are happy to help.

 Traditional Care (without "Derm Shield")

  • Remove bandage after 24 hours.

  • Gently wash with warm water and antibacterial soap or Listerine 3-5 times per day for 2 weeks

  • Do not scrub tattoo to dry, instead blot gently with a clean paper towel.

  • Apply a very thin layer of Hustle Butter or Aquaphor each time the tattoo is cleaned for 3 weeks after receiving the tattoo.

  • Flaking and itchy skin is normal as the tattoo heals. Instead of scratching an itchy tattoo, gently slap or tap the surrounding area to let natural flaking or peeling occur.

Do not touch with unwashed hands while the tattoo is fresh and uncovered.
Avoid swimming or taking baths for 3 weeks while the tattoo heals completely. (Showering is fine)
Avoid working out for 3 days after receiving a tattoo.
Avoid direct sunlight while the tattoo is healing.

Please contact us at Ocean Blue Tattoo with any questions about the healing process.
Call or Text: 612-598-5800
Contact a physician immediately at any sign of infection or allergic reaction

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