Aftercare can vary from artist to artist; please choose the name of the artist for the tattoo you’re healing for the most accurate aftercare instructions:
-How Does It Work?:
Saniderm (also called Dermshield) is a medical-grade, breathable, waterproof tattoo bandage designed to be a ‘breathable barrier.’ These bandages alleviate many of the pitfalls that come with other tattoo healing methods, primarily by drastically reducing the risk of contaminants entering a fresh tattoo site and protecting the area from unwanted friction. Saniderm also allows the body to keep itself moisturized naturally, minimizing scabbing from excess added moisture (Aquaphor, balms, etc).
Keep this bandage on for 5-7 days (maximum 7!) – if the skin appears irritated or the bandage is coming off, it’s okay to remove the bandage sooner rather than later.
-See Fluid Buildup?:
THIS IS NORMAL! Plasma/fluid buildup will typically occur, creating an “ink sack” under the Saniderm, especially with larger tattoos. However, if the ink sack becomes excessively large, doesn’t re-absorb, or looks like it may leak/pop, do the following:
Either over a sink or a trash barrel (if trash barrel, be sure to throw the trash bag out RIGHT AWAY after this process!), pinch and pull Saniderm ink sack AWAY from your body with two fingers and use scissors to snip a tiny incision. Push fluid out of the opening, dry the area with a clean paper towel, and place a small patch of new Saniderm over the hole. Make sure to flatten any creases to avoid any potential leaking.
You can then leave the Saniderm on until the remaining 5-7 days are up.
1. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making removal more comfortable. Dry removal of Saniderm may cause discomfort, redness, and added trauma to the skin, so we only recommend doing this process in the shower with the assistance of cool water.
2. Find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth.
3. Discard the used bandage and wash the tattoo with a mild fragrance-free soap (such as Dial gold). You will not be reapplying any bandage/covering after the tattoo once this is removed.
4. Gently pat the tattoo dry with clean paper towel and then allow the tattoo to continue to air dry for a few extra minutes in a clean environment.
5. Once the tattoo has thoroughly dried, apply a thin layer of aftercare product or unscented lotion (such as Aveeno or Lubriderm).
If there is adhesive residue left behind on the skin, it will naturally remove itself as you wash/moisturize, though sometimes it can take a few days/showers. Do not attempt to peel/pick anything off your fresh tattoo or the surrounding area.
-Caring For Your New Tattoo / Things To Note:
Once the bandage has been removed, continue caring for the tattoo by washing and moisturizing as needed until the tattoo is fully healed – the tattoo many appear to be fully healed on the surface, however, the deeper layers of the skin will still be healing for 2-4 months. We recommend a good moisturizing regiment for this entire period. Showering while wearing Saniderm is fine, but it’s best to keep the time spent in the shower to a minimum. Bathing, swimming, or fully submerging a tattoo dressed in Saniderm is strongly discouraged. Light exercise while wearing Saniderm is fine, but avoid activity that causes excessive sweating. Just as water will weaken the adhesion of the bandage, so will sweat and any other significant amount of fluid. Try to keep the bandage as clean and dry as possible until it’s time to remove it.
Please email directly if you have any questions about aftercare: firstname.lastname@example.org