Healing with Saniderm or Dermshield:
What is Saniderm/Dermshield?
Saniderm/Dermshield is a transparent adhesive dressing and acts like a second skin as your tattoo heals.
Tattoos pierce the top layer of your skin, known as the epidermis,
which protects you from minor scrapes and UV Light.
Freshly tattooed skin can be compared to that of sunburned skin, as such, it loses the ability to protect itself from germs, or retain moisture.
Because of this epidermis damage, you must do the job of your skin in its place.
Saniderm/Dermshield acts as a temporary epidermis, it is transparent and breathable. allowing the skin to breathe, as well as protecting it from outside contaminants and direct contact or friction with clothes or bedding.
The barrier also allows for the skin to retain its lymphatic fluids, negating the need to moisturize your tattoo while the barrier is in place and skipping most of the dreaded scabbing stage of a conventional heal without the bandage.
After your tattoo is completed, your artist will cleanse the area and apply isopropyl alcohol to the perimeter of the tattoo and the tattoo itself. (yes, you read that correctly. Alcohol on your fresh tattoo)
This is to eliminate any oils your body naturally produces on the surface of the skin, and to ensure a good adhesion between the bandage and skin. This will be followed by the application of the transparent bandage known as Saniderm/Dermshield.
1. With clean hands, remove the white backing of the barrier film after cutting it to the desired size.
2. In one motion, evenly apply the sticky side to clean skin.
3. Peel back the top plastic side of the barrier, leaving only the barrier itself adhered to the skin.
After care at home
The Saniderm/Dermshield can stay on for the duration of your tattoo healing process.
- The day after your initial tattoo appointment, you may notice a small amount of fluid has collected under the Saniderm/Dermshield.
This is normal, if you find the fluid is leaking or excessive, you can choose to remove the Saniderm/Dermshield, cleanse the area, and apply a new Saniderm/Dermshield for the next 3-5 days.
-If you're not comfortable replacing the wrap yourself or if you need another set of hands to apply it to a hard-to-reach part of the body, you're more than comfortable coming by the shop the following day for a re-wrap. We would be more than happy to help place it properly and ensure you the best heal possible.
- After the 3-5 days, you may remove the Saniderm/Dermshield and continue your aftercare by applying a light unscented lotion to your tattoo as needed. It is completely normal to have really thin light flaking on the top layer of skin, and maybe even minimal tiny scabbing. Do NOT pick at the flakes or scabs. No matter how itchy the area may be, avoid abrasively scratching the area. Be gentle with your new artwork and fresh skin!
Healing with Oinment:
If you do not wish to use Saniderm/Dermshield you may choose to heal the traditional way.
1. Remove any plastic wrap/non adhesive tattoo covering within 3-4 hours of your tattoo. (if you are sleeping directly after, you can choose to keep it on for the duration of your sleep)
2. With clean hands, gently wash your tattoo with a mild unscented soap, gently rinsing with water.
3. Allow to air dry and apply a small amount of lotion or recommended ointment to the entirety of your tattoo.
- Repeat this 2-3 times a day for the first 3 days. Then you may decrease the amount of washing to once a day.
4. Continue to apply a thin layer of unscented Lotion to your tattoo at least once a day and as needed for the duration of your healing process.
Recommended Lotions: Lubriderm, Eucerin, Aveeno etc.
Tips for the first month:
Avoid picking and scratching your tattoo!
Avoid direct sunlight
Avoid tight fitting clothing that create friction against your fresh tattoo
Avoid submerging your tattoo in any body of water. (hot tubs, baths, ocean, pool, lake, rivers, waterpark, etc)
It normally takes anywhere between 2-4 weeks for a tattoo to be completely healed.