Aftercare Instructions



Your aftercare for your new tattoo starts before your tattoo even begins. We will clean and prepare the skin before the tattoo, so your set up for success. 

Your tattoo artist might have given you special instructions relating to the aftercare of your specific tattoo, but here are the basics for quick healing, compiled from quality parlor operators worldwide:

  • Do not re-bandage the tattoo.
  • Do not apply Vaseline, lanolin- or petroleum-based products.
  • Do not apply alcohol.
  • Do not rub, scratch or pick at the tattoo.
  • Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in a sauna, steam bath or bathtub for two weeks.
  • Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft.



A tattoo is considered minor surgery. It may bleed a bit at first, but it should stop within a couple of hours. We use Recovery Derm Shield dressing to protect and aid the healing of your tattoo. Recovery Derm Shield dressing stays on for the first 2 to 4 days after tattooing. If the Recovery Derm Shield sticks to the skin, soak the area with cold water until the dressing loosens, use an upward pull motion to remove carefully. DO NOT PULL BACKWARD! It will hurt like removing tape from the skin. Stay tuned for videos about aftercare of tattoos. 

The First Seven to Ten Days

Once the tattoo is exposed, wash it carefully in cold water, gently applying antibacterial soap with fingers (never use a cloth) to remove all surface blood. Rinse with cold water, pat dry with a clean towel and air dry for 15 minutes. Then, gently and sparingly apply a thin layer of Tattoo Goo® Salve. Repeat three or four times a day for seven to 10 days. 

Scabs or Peeling?

 After five to 14 days, the tattoo may start to peel and scab. This is normal—like a sunburn. DO NOT pick or peel the skin away. Let it fall off naturally during washing or application of Tattoo Goo®. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colors may fade a bit during this process but will return when healing is completed.

We recommend Tattoo Goo Aftercare Lotion with Healix Gold +Panthenol Ultra Moisturizing formula for use during this period. 


 After a few weeks, all scabbing will be gone, but the area may still be sensitive. Continue regular cleaning and application of Tattoo Goo® Salve or Lotion for proper aftercare of your tattoo. 


Tattoo Goo® Salve and Lotion keep your tattoos from drying and the skin areas soft and moist. Always apply sparingly. Too much prevents the skin/tattoo from breathing and can cause leaching of the colors. If this happens, discontinue use, wash the tattoo, pat dry and consult your tattoo artist at your earliest convenience.



Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after a few months you may sunbathe in moderation. Always use a sunblock with at least an SPF 30 that provides UVA and UVB protection

Tattoo Goo Renew SPF30 is available for in-store purchases. 


In independent clinical trials, Tattoo Goo® did not cause allergic reactions, but if you experience any reaction to Tattoo Goo®, discontinue use and consult your tattoo artist. Please review all ingredients for allergies before use. Ingredients are located on the back of products.