Milford Ink Tattoo Studio

Est 2009

tel: 01646 278380

Tattoo Aftercare


Wash your hands any time you are going to touch your tattoo. Touching your tattoo with dirty hands is one of the easiest ways to cause infection.


Gently remove the bandage after 1-2 hours. If the bandage is stuck to your tattoo wet the bandage in order to slide it off; do not pull or force its removal.


Cleanse the area with soap and lukewarm water. Work up a lather in your hands and gently rub the tattoo to remove any blood or other bodily fluids completely.


Gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel or let the tattoo air dry completely for approximately 10 minutes.


Lightly work a THIN layer of aftercare ointment or lotion over the tattoo, and wipe away any excess. Be careful not to overly saturate your tattoo with aftercare.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 approximately 2-3 times a day or more if the tattoo is exposed to excess dirt and/or sweat.

As your tattoo heals, expect peeling and itching much like sunburn.

Avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo.

Avoid baths, pools, hot tubs, and oceans until your tattoo has healed. Overly saturating your tattoo in water could cause infection and/or loss of pigment.

Do not pick at any scabs that may form. Your tattoo will be dry and peeling while it heals but do not scratch the tattoo. Picking at scabs and scratching can cause loss of pigment and scarring in the tattoo. Unscented lotion will help relieve itching.

The first night before bed you may re-bandage your tattoo with plastic wrap in order to keep it from sticking to your sheets and potentially staining your bedding or clothing with ink and/or blood. Do not continue to use plastic wrap beyond this.

The total healing time is generally around 2 weeks, but is it ultimately determined by your body as each person will heal differently. Continuing with a plain unscented, water-based hand lotion will keep your tattoo looking brighter longer. After healing is completed you should use sunblock on your tattoo while outdoors to prevent fading.