Tattoo Aftercare

Saniderm Method

After Saniderm is applied, you can go to work, the gym, and shower as normal. Saniderm allows you to continue doing everyday activities with minimal discomfort.

Typically, you can keep the bandage on anywhere from 3-5 days. Saniderm bandages protect your healing tattoo from scabbing, infection, and other irritants that damage tattoos.

It's normal to experience a buildup of fluid beneath the Saniderm. This fluid typically includes ink and may be dark and opaque in color.

After you take off the Saniderm, wash with hypoallergenic soap and apply a thin layer of moisturizer. See Washing Techniques below for more information.

Saniderm is the standard healing method used by Gitchee Gumee Tattoo. If you have an allergy to latex or adhesive, please alert us, and we will use the bandage method for your tattoo.

Tattoo Aftercare

Bandage Method

Once the tattoo is complete, the artist will apply a thin layer of tattoo jelly or moisturizer over the entire tattooed area. They will then cover the area completely with plastic wrap or a bandage.


The length of time the bandage needs to stay on will depend on the size and location of the tattoo, but usually no less than 8 hours. After 8 hours, it is safe to remove the bandage and wash the tattoo.

After thorough hand-washing, gently cleanse the tattoo with hypoallergenic soap and warm water using only your fingers. For more information, see Washing Techniques below.

Scabs will often form within the first few days, and ink may still come up through the skin and need to be washed away. It is important that you not pick at the scabs or scratch the skin.

Tattoo Aftercare

Washing Techniques

Before washing the tattoo, you must first wash your hands thoroughly. After your hands are clean, gently wash the tattoo with hypoallergenic soap and warm water using only your fingers. Towels and cloths can irritate the skin and prematurely remove scabs.

Any moisturizer present on the skin will come off, and the tattoo may appear as if it is oozing ink or a thick, sticky fluid. This is not usually a cause for concern, as it is just a byproduct of the healing process that includes primarily plasma and ink.

After washing, pat the skin with a clean paper towel and allow it to air-dry for an hour. When the area is completely dry, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to the tattoo, but leave it uncovered to allow the skin to breathe. We advise waiting three days after the procedure to begin applying moisturizer.

Avoid submerging the tattoo in water or getting the tattoo wet during the first 3-6 weeks, except for when washing it.

Continue using the washing technique above throughout the first week when needed. Washing frequency will vary depending on a person's activity levels and environment.

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