The tattoo aftercare bandage is increasingly popular for tattoo recovery. Check out 5 tips for using them to get vibrant healed results! by Danny Tress April 25, 2022
The tattoo aftercare bandage is becoming more and more popular by the year. Artists and clients alike count on bandages like Saniderm and Recovery Derm Shield for the best tattoo recovery.
These bandages are lightweight, breathable, and flexible, unlike standard cling wrap. Consequently, they deliver much-needed oxygen to your work, so it heals vibrantly.
Plus, the application is simple.
ProTip: When cutting your tattoo aftercare bandage, try to make rounded corners. This allows for better adhesion to the skin.
We recommend the following tips to heal optimally with a tattoo aftercare bandage. After all, you want your tattoos to shine!
There’s going to be a lot of build-up of plasma and blood in the first bandage, thanks to the normal tattoo weeping process. So, you’ll want to replace the first bandage within 24 hours.
Follow all the same instructions under “Applying a Tattoo Aftercare Bandage” for your second application. The second bandage can stay on for three to six days, unless you notice any of the following: severe irritation, fluid buildup, a large ink sack, or excessive peeling at the corners of your bandage.
If you notice an ink sack, fluid, or too much peeling, it’s safe to put on a third bandage at any point. However, if you notice severe irritation like hives, breakouts, or other skin disruptions, it could be an allergic reaction to the adhesive. At this point, remove the bandage immediately. Then, gently wash the inflamed site with unscented Dove soap or a safe tattoo wash. Finish your recovery process with a quality tattoo balm like Recovery Tattoo Salve.
Additional ProTip: We also recommend replacing your bandage if you notice any breakage or leaking. Even the tiniest rift in your bandage means your tattoo is no longer protected from the elements! So, always have backup bandages on-hand for as-needed replacements.
Submerging your bandaged tattoo in water is a big no-no. Sure, the bandage is waterproof, but too much water can be overwhelming.
Completely submerging your tattoo in water can ruin the adhesion of the tattoo aftercare bandage. As a result, it can either peel or come off entirely. Consequently, we recommend avoiding swimming, soaking in the bathtub, or prolonged showers. Obviously, showering and staying clean is fine – but we strongly suggest keeping the bandage dry as much as humanly possible.
Additionally, (as with any healing tattoo), you’ll want to avoid sunshine… but there’s one exception. Recovery offers a black Derm Shield option, so you can safely wear their bandage in the sun. The obscure black covering protects your new ink from UV rays. Stock up on Recovery Derm Shield in black for all your summer tattooing and enjoy the sunshine.
Ok, we don’t literally mean pop them; but definitely pay attention to them. Air bubbles aren’t horrible per se. But if you leave an air bubble alone for too long, it could get bigger and ruin the adhesion of your bandage.
Getting rid of air bubbles is simple, and there are a few ways to do it:
We strongly recommend that frequent exercisers pay attention to how much you’re sweating during and after a workout. And even if you don’t exercise a ton, weather can influence how much we sweat on the daily.
Sweat can weaken your tattoo bandage adhesion. Too much sweat can also lead to excessive fluid build-up under the bandage, which could disrupt the healing process (and maybe cause irritation).
If it’s only a small amount, easily wash off the sweat by taking a short shower. If the sweat is excessive and you notice the bandage is starting to peel, remove the bandage and replace it with a fresh one.
We mentioned before that too much water can ruin adhesion and make your bandage fall off more easily.
There’s only one instance where that’s a good thing: when you’re removing your bandage, either for a replacement or for good.
Do it for the same reason you’d remove a band-aid in the shower. Taking your bandage off in the shower not only makes the process easier – it makes it way less painful, too. The steady flow of warm water softens the adhesion, so it doesn’t hurt as much peeling off your skin.
Sometimes, adhesion can become very intense, and shower water just won’t cut it. In that case, we recommend applying gentle lubrication around the edge of your bandage. Some products that work well are olive oil or baby oil. These oils will wear away at the stickiness of your bandage more than water. Consequently, it’s easier to remove.
We recommend always having a healthy supply of tattoo aftercare bandages. You can count on quality healed results so long as you’re using the right products (and tips) for a healthy recovery.
The best tattoo aftercare bandage for you is all based on personal preference. You can find plenty of artist reviews online, like Harlan Kantner’s review of Recovery Derm Shield on our Instagram. Many people consider Recovery Derm Shield to be the best tattoo aftercare while others prefer Saniderm. You can find all our top-rated aftercare bandages on our Web store. Plus, you’ll find plenty of other quality aftercare supplies, including balms, washes, and salves for safe, healthy tattoo recovery.