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My tattoo artist use Tegaderm bandage on my new tattoo what is the best way to care for my new tattoo?


1. Leave the Tegaderm bandage on for 4-7 days: The main purpose of Tegaderm is to protect your new tattoo from environmental contaminants while also allowing it to breathe. It’s waterproof and breathable.

2. Avoid strenuous activities and exposure to direct sunlight: Doing these can damage your new tattoo under the Tegaderm and cause discomfort.

3. When removing the Tegaderm: Be gentle and take your time. If you just pull it off, it may be painful and potentially harm your tattoo. It’s best to remove it under warm water which will loosen it up.

4. Clean the tattoo: Once you’ve removed the Tegaderm, clean the area with mild soap and warm water, then dry well.

5. Apply a quality non-medicated skin cream. A very thin coating, not a greasy mess.

Traditional Tattoo Care:

Taking care of your new tattoo is crucial to ensure its longevity, proper healing, and to prevent infection. Here are some steps you can follow to take care of a traditional tattoo.

  1. Keep the Bandage On: After getting your tattoo, your artist will cover it with a bandage or plastic wrap. Keep this on for at least two to four hours (or as recommended by your tattoo artist) to protect it from bacteria.
  2. Wash and Moisturize: After removing the bandage, gently wash the area with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Pat it dry with a clean towel. After washing, apply a thin layer of a gentle moisturizing cream. An ointment like Aquaphor works great initially