Aftercare - Tattoo Crazy

Tattoo Aftercare

Method 1

  1. Leave the plastic wrap on your new tattoo for approximately two hours.
  2. Remove the plastic wrap and wash with mild soap and warm water until the new tattoo looks clean.
  3. Either pat dry with a clean towel, or let it air dry for approximately fifteen minutes.
  4. Re-cover with new clean plastic wrap and leave on for eight hours or overnight.
  5. Repeat from instruction 2 for four days.
  6. DO NOT USE any creams, ointments or spray on skin.

Method 2

  1. Leave the plastic wrap on your new tattoo for approximately two hours.
  2. Remove the plastic wrap and wash with mild soap and warm water until the new tattoo looks clean.
  3. Either pat dry with a clean towel, or let it air dry for approximately fifteen minutes.
  4. Re-cover with new clean plastic wrap and leave on for eight hours or overnight.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap and wash with mild soap and warm water until the tattoo looks clean.
  6. Either pat dry with a clean towel, or let it air dry for approximately fifteen minutes. 
  7. Apply tattoo aftercare product for four days. DO NOT USE PLASTIC WRAP AGAIN. 
  8. Re-apply aftercare product as needed to keep new tattoo from drying out.

It is best to take showers rather than baths for the first few days after having your tattoo. The healing tattoo will be itchy and flaky; the flaky skin will be similar to the way a sunburn will peel but with a bit of colour in it. This is normal

Do not pick or scratch your tattoo. Do not go swimming, expose to sunlight or tanning beds for at least two weeks. 

If you think you have a problem or any questions you would like to ask feel free to get in contact with us. 

Piercing Aftercare

A normal piercing may be tender, itchy, slightly red or bruised for a few weeks; they may bleed a little for the first few days; they may secrete a whitish-yellow fluid (plasma) which crusts on the jewellery, this is not pus; skin around the jewellery may tighten as it heals making movement somewhat difficult; this is all normal for a new piercing. 

NEVER use surgical spirit, hydrogen peroxide, essential oils or any antiseptic products. We sell dedicated piercing aftercare products if you are unsure of what to use. 

Piercings above the neck

It is important to keep the piercing site clean and dry and undisturbed. We recommend to clean your piercings twice a day; do not clean the piercing any more than necessary to keep it healthy as frequent cleaning may damage the delicate skin cells; leave your piercing alone when you are not cleaning it, it is not necessary to turn it or fiddle with it. 

Using sea salt soaks (1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in 200ml of warm water) to keep your piercings clean can help promote healing, although this is not antibacterial so we do recommend using a dedicated piercing aftercare product. If you do choose to use salt water it should always be rinsed away after use with plenty of warm water. You should always wash your hands well and dry them thoroughly before and after caring for your piercing. 

If you find any crusted matter on or around your piercing, do not pick it; use a piece of cotton wool dipped in your aftercare solution to soak the crusted matter with and it should fall off. Once the matter has been removed, clean the piercing and jewellery thoroughly with your aftercare solution using a cotton wool bud. Whilst the piercing is wet with your aftercare solution, turn the jewellery the minimal amount to clean the inside of your piercing; if it does not move easily do not force it. After you have done this, dab the area with a clean tissue to remove any excess cleaning tissue.

Tongue piercings

With an oral piercing, after eating, smoking or putting anything in the mouth, rinse with antibacterial (alcohol-free) mouthwash at a dilution of 50% - 75%, or with sea salt water made with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in 200ml of boiling water which has been allowed to cool. NEVER USE mouthwash containing alcohol or table salt for any reason. 

A yellow secretion will be produced by the piercing, this indicates normal healing; remove the secretion with a cotton wool bud. We recommend buying a new toothbrush to gently brush your tongue and jewellery to remove plaque. Swelling of the tongue can be reduced by sleeping with the head propped up with pillows when asleep, sucking on small ice cubes and proper care of the piercing; in bad cases the ball ends may become embedded in the tongue and will have to be removed. After the initial swelling has gone down, we recommend keeping the original jewellery in for another week or two to ensure that the tongue isn't going to swell up again; after this amount of time you may change your jewellery for a smaller bar to fit your tongue properly. 

Check the balls on the bar regularly, especially after eating, to ensure that they are screwed on tightly, failing to do so will result in loss of pieces of jewellery. When eating go slowly and take small bites, try to keep the tongue level to avoid biting the jewellery, cut your food into small pieces and place them directly into your back teeth. 

As well as following the advice above, there are also several things which we recommend that you DO NOT DO:
No oral sexual contact during the entire healing period.
Avoid chewing fingernails, gum, pens, sunglasses etc during the healing period.
Don't share plates, cups or cutlery.
Smoking will slow healing, so try and cut down or stop.
Avoid alcohol, aspirin, caffeine, hot drinks, spicy and acidic foods as these can all increase discomfort and swelling. 
Do not play with the piercing expressively, even after healing. 
Do not click the jewellery against your teeth or twist it in your mouth.

Piercings below the neck

The new piercing should be cleaned TWICE daily, too little cleaning can cause an infection to develop and too much cleaning can cause irritation of the newly forming tissues. Leave your piercing alone when you are not cleaning it, do not fiddle with it. 

Hot soaks and compresses with the optional addition of 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt per cup of clean water are strongly suggested for navel piercings, salt water should always be rinsed away with plenty of warm water afterwards. Always wash your hands before and after touching the piercing. If there is any crusted matter on the piercing, soak it with warm water or sea salt and it should fall off, do not pick it; use a cotton wool bud to assist with taking the crustiness off if necessary. 

Use an antibacterial soap to clean on and around the piercing area and jewellery, ensure the whole area is cleaned and whilst the jewellery and area is wet with the soapy water, turn the jewellery as little as possible to clean the inside of the piercing. If the jewellery does not turn easily do not force it. Rinse the area with clean warm water to remove any remaining cleaning product and dry thoroughly with a clean tissue. Never remove the jewellery until the piercing has healed up and wait a MINIMUM of three months before changing it. 

Never allow oral contact with a fresh piercing and avoid wearing belts, tight trousers or restrictive clothing for about six months to one year.

Genital piercings

Genital piercee's (male or female) can use a panty liner to absorb excess moisture and to cushion the piercing. Avoid restrictive clothing or clothing that limits oxygen to the area. Any sexual contact should be gentle and latex barriers should be used to protect the piercing from the partner's body fluids.