Aftercare - It's Important!
When your tattoo is completed and your piercings have been done, the next, most important step you must take is proper aftercare. We recommend Moon Butter balm!
Moon Butter Aftercare Balm
Moon Butter Tattoo Aftercare
Our tattoo aftercare that we offer is handcrafted by our licensed piercer Kimberly Morel under her company New Moon Herbals. This tattoo aftercare is non-petroleum based for optimal healing. Our artists not only recommend the Moon Butter for aftercare, they also use it to lubricate as they tattoo. The special formulation of Moon Butter keeps the swelling and redness to a minimum which helps the artist to work on our clients with less irritation, allowing the client to sit longer for their tattoo session.
With a base of Shea Butter and additional butters, such as Pumpkin Seed Butter, Acai’, Green Tea and Aloe. All ingredients are listed on the containers.
The Moon Butter aftercare comes in unscented for use during and right after tattoo work is done. We also offer Mango/Vanilla and Coconut scents. Both are favorites by our clients. Please stop on to purchase at Wayne’s Tattoo World, located at 6 West Broadway, Derry, NH.
Our job is done, now it’s your turn…
Remove bandage in 2 to 4 hours.
Wash tattoo carefully with warm water and a mild unscented anti-microbial soap.
Pat Dry and let it breathe for a few minutes.
Apply a thin layer of Aquafor or MoonButter. You don't want to suffocate your new tattoo, so just a thin layer!
Clean and apply healing agent 3 times a day.
After the tattoo is done peeling switch to an unscented moisturizer.
A good lotion to use is Lubriderm. Don’t use fancy creams, hippy potions, or perfumed lotions. You do not need antibiotic creme.
Showers are fine. Baths, swimming, and sauna are out until the tattoo is healed
No sun or tanning until the tattoo is completely healed. Sunburn on a fresh tattoo can cause severe irritation and allergy.
Do not pick, scratch, or ‘help’ the scab to come off.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us. We're here to help!
Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings:
- Saline for contact lenses should not be used as piercing aftercare. Wound wash saline is available as a spray at pharmacies throughout North America. *Do not use Saline or contacts.
- Sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz / 250 ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS
- WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
- Use Mild, Fragrance Free, Liquid Soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan. RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
- DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising. During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.
WHAT TO DO
Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.
Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing triclosan, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.
Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing. Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
Avoid submerging the piercing in un-hygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M™ Nexcare™ Clean Seals). These are available at most drugstores.
Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.