Playhouse Tattoos Aftercare Instructions
Make sure to always wash your hands before touching a healing tattoo! The healing process will take 3 to 4 weeks for your tattoo to be complete.
Playhouse Tattoos uses a product called Saniderm for aftercare. This is a breathable tattoo bandage which provides an effective barrier against water, dirt, germs, and friction. Once the artist applies the bandage, keep the wrap on for at least 24 hours. During the first 24 hours, there may be a buildup of plasma under the bandage. This is completely normal.
Once 24 hours pass, you will need to remove the wrap, and replace it with a fresh saniderm bandage which you keep on for an additional 3 to 6 days (you are welcome to come in and have one of our artists remove and reapply the bandage for you, or you can take a second bandage home with you when leaving after your tattoo to apply it yourself. If that’s the case, please let your artist know so they can give you the information and materials you’ll need to apply this on yourself).
To apply it yourself, please make sure to follow these steps.
Step 1: Peel up an edge or corner of the Second Skin, and slowly pull the film off. Do not pull it straight away from your skin, instead, pull the film back and across the skin while holding your skin taut.
Step 2: Clean the entire tattoo area using lukewarm water and non-scented soap to gently wash away any excess plasma, blood, or ointment. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma (totally normal). Try to gently remove as much as possible, when plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates thick scabs.
Step 3: Take the second skin given to you before you left and size up where you are going to place the bandage (if you had indicated you wish to do this step yourself at home. If you did not let your artist know, you will need to come into the shop and have them apply the second bandage personally), using multiple pieces overlapping at least one inch if the tattoo is too large for a single piece. Account for an extra inch on each side of the tattoo to cover untattooed, dry skin.
Step 4: On the white paper side of the bandage, fold the tip of a corner so that you are able to peel the white sheet off of the clear side of the wrap
Step 5: Smooth the Second Skin over the tattoo, pushing out any air bubbles. Once the second skin is in place, there may still be bubbles present. Try your best to push out these air bubbles before moving on to the next step without being too aggressive with your tattoo.
Step 6: Remove the supportive clear backing by peeling from the “wave”, peeling it evenly and slowly against yourself, rather than peeling it away from your body. Smooth the second skin over your tattoo. Remove any excess air bubbles with a CLEAN, DRY pair of scissors, cutting open any bubbles large enough to deal with without pinching or making contact with your tattoo area.
**If you develop an adverse reaction on the tattoo, discontinue use immediately, and contact your artist for alternative tattoo healing treatment**
Day 1 After Removing Second Bandage
After you remove the bandage, you will want to clean the entire tattoo area using lukewarm water and non-scented soap to gently wash away any excess plasma, blood, or ointment. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma (totally normal). Try to gently remove as much as possible, when plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates thick scabs. Then pat dry (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow up with a very light application of ointment (Vitamin A & D), making sure not to over-apply the ointment as you want your skin to be able to breathe. Apply the ointment whenever needed to keep it moisturized.
***Do not use vaseline or aloe vera on your new tattoo. Vaseline blocks out oxygen penetration from your skin, causing blurriness whereas aloe vera detoxifies the body by flushing foreign batter, including ink, from the skin, resulting in same fading***
***Do not use Neosporin. Though this product is excellent for cuts and scrapes, it is not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**
***Avoid body oils on tattoos during the healing process***
After that, continue to keep it clean.
Your tattoo should be starting to dry up now. Be sure to only handle your tattoo with clean hands. Apply a thin layer of lotion and rub it into your skin so that its fully absorbed, leaving almost no trace of lotion on the surface
***Do Not Over Lotion. Less Is More.***
You will start to notice some peeling going on. You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it starts to heal. The most important thing at this stage is DO NOT PICK IT, DO NOT SCRATCH
IT!! You can soothe the itch by applying a thin layer of lotion to moisturize it.
Continue to keep it clean.
Your tattoo healing process should have 2 layers of scabbing. The first will be thick and flakey scabs with full ink colour on them. The second will be super dry, scale like flakey translucent scabs.
Both of these layers are Crucial. DO NOT PICK AT THEM EVER. These flakes and scabs will fall off on their own, it is part of the healing process. You will damage and potentially cause scarring on your tattoo if you forcibly remove or damage these layers. Let your body heal!
Your tattoo is almost healed. Do not ruin the hard work you put into getting this far by scratching, picking and peeling your tattoo.
Continue to keep it clean.
Final stages of healing, the scabs and dry skin will be mostly gone, and it will start to look amazing. Keep it clean, the healing process is still happening inside. Don’t scratch, pick at, or damage your tattoo.