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Tattoo Aftercare


Saniderm locks in the body’s natural moisture and healing enzymes called autolysins, allowing the body to heal itself in the most efficient manner possible. It allows the skin to continue to function normal because the bandage is permeable (breathable) to oxygen and water vapour. Saniderm protects against dirt and germs while eliminating friction and other irritations that might interfere with the healing process


Saniderm can be left on your new tattoo for 5 days. Since everyone heals differently the length of time will depend on how much fluid your tattoo weeps, which can affect the adhesion of Saniderm. If you notice excessive weeping or fluid under wrap, Visit your tattoo artist to see if a new piece is required


Saniderm stays on skin even when immersed in water so you’re able to bathe, shower and swim as normal. It is waterproof, however excessive exposure to water should be avoided because it may weaken the adhesion.

Saniderm does not contain any kind of sun protection, so you should avoid prolonged sun or UV ray exposure. We do not recommend exposing your new tattoo to UV rays, ever–with or without Saniderm. Even after your tattoo is fully healed, continue to use sun protection to maintain the integrity-of your tattoo colors.

Some people find that excessive sweating under Saniderm can lead to a fowl odor. It is recommended to avoid activity causing heavy sweating until your Saniderm is removed.


Saniderm’s adhesive will not attach to the weeping area of a tattoo, therefore it can never damage or pull out ink. In fact, customers report that the colours of their tattoo remain more vibrant after using Saniderm.

Transparent adhesive dressings like Saniderm have been used in hospitals for abrasions, burns, road rash, cuts, etc… since the 1980s.


-A sterile piece of Plastic wrap is placed over your new tattoo. This is to help protect the wound from any dust or germs you might encounter throughout the rest of your day and also gives your pores a chance to close up a little.. Your artist will give you a suggested time to remove the bandage. Anywhere from 3 to 24 hours.

-Once you have removed the plastic wrap, wash your tattoo with mild soap and warm water, use your finger tips to gently massage any excess Vaseline or ink off the skin.. There may also be some dry blood or water excretions, this is completely normal.

-Once you have rinsed off all the soap, pat your tattoo dry using a paper towel..Cloth towels can hold bacteria.



Now that your new tattoo is cleaned up and your pores are settling down, it is time to take care of your skin and help it heal as quickly as possible.

Apply a thin layer of tattoo ointment 3-4 times a day.. This is a personal preference and differs from person to person. You want to promote healing! Too much ointment will clog pores and could also collect bacteria, too little ointment and your skin will get very dry.

**Remember to wash your hands before applying the lotion.

There are many different products you can use to help your skin to heal. They range from high tech ointments to simple hand lotions.. It is all just personal preference. Just be sure that what ever you use that it DOES NOT Contain Antibiotics. These could fade the ink in your new tattoo..

Human Kanvas  reccomends H2Ocean and Hustlebutter Aftercare. You are going to have friends tell you to use Neosporin, Polysporin or Bacitracin. Don’t do it!. They are antibiotics, and they have no healing value unless there is infection present. You will need them if you introduce dirt or germs into the tattoo, but for normal healing you want a moisturizer.


During healing your tattoo will flake and peel (Similar to a sun burn). This flaking is normal. Allow the dry skin to fall off naturally. Do not pick or pull it off.

-No direct sunlight for 2-3 weeks. The sun is a major cause of new tattoos looking blurred. Use Sunblock!

-No soaking in water, no swimming, hot tubs, or direct shower water beating on it for 2-3 weeks. Of course you can keep clean, but if the healing bit soaks up water it will be like going swimming when you were a kid and had scab. Remember how the waterlogged scab would float away…….there goes your new tattoo! Seriously! If it does get wet in the shower, gently pat it dry , don’t rub at it with a towel. Then immediately after getting dried off re-moisturize it.

If you work out, or do contact sports, give it a bit of a break. Contact abrasions could knock off the healing skin, or in a gym worry about over-straining delicate perforated tissue and getting a stretch mark, or touching a piece of sweat-contaminated workout equipment with an open raw area….. wait a couple of weeks.

If your tattoo is itchy apply ointment or cream. Do not scratch or pick at it as you could tear the new skin which is protecting your ink! Do your best to restrict clothing on your fresh ink. Contact abrasions could knock off the healing skin, It is up to you to protect your investment!


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