TATTOO HEALING & BODY PIERCING FAQ'S
TATTOO HEALING / AFTERCARE
This is the "standard" method and most common. We suggest this method for those with smaller tattoos, and those that have had good results with it in the past. Your new tattoo has been bandaged, and it should be removed after at least four hours. It is very important that your new tattoo be protected from the sun and dirty environments, as it is a rather large open wound at this time. You should wait to remove the bandage until you can properly clean it with mild soap and warm water. Rinse it well, and pat it dry, then allow it to air-dry before applying ointment.
You should apply ointment, H2Ocean, regularly throughout the day, keeping the tattoo slightly moist, but NOT smothered. Use just enough ointment to make the tattoo slightly shiny, and blot off any excess. For the first day or two, your tattoo will require more cleaning, as it will lose fluid at first--this is normal. You want to make sure that moisture doesn't get trapped under the ointment (hence the air-drying), and that the tattoo doesn't stay submerged in water either. We recommend washing your tattoo a couple times throughout the day, using only mild soap, and rinsing and drying well. Frequency of cleaning depends on your lifestyle--use your best judgement, but don't overdo it.
You should only apply ointment for as many days as it takes for your tattoo to peel, this process will take anywhere from three days to 1 week, depending on your body and the area of skin. It will begin to flake like sunburn--just let this happen on its own, and don't pick at it. When the tattoo has fully entered the peeling phase, you need not, and should not, apply any more ointment. The area will become dry and itchy, and a good hand lotion should help with this.
Here's what you should look out for with this method. Should any "bubbling" of your tattoo occur, you should consider method 2. This bubbling is caused from moisture (usually too much ointment!) getting trapped in your tattoo, and could lead to scabbing. If scabs develop, they can remove the color beneath them. It is very important that they are allowed to dry out completely, and not at any time get water-logged. The scab will eventually fall off on its own, and your tattoo should be fine if you keep the scabs dry. Also, some people develop a small allergic reaction to Bacitracin, which shows up as a red rash around the tattoo, and disappears once the ointment is no longer used. A small percentage of people may develop a more serious reaction, and may require medical attention, so we suggest the use of A&D, unless you've not had problems with Bacitracin in the past.
Healing times for new piercings vary greatly. In most cases jewelry should be left in for at least 6 months. Even though the piercing may appear healed, it's best not to take out the jewelry. If it is absolutely necessary to remove the jewelry, extreme care should be taken in removal and insertion. A simple 50 mg Zinc supplement taken with meals can accelerate healing.
With proper aftercare, infections in piercings are rare. If any problems arise, we will be happy to assist you. Even though we have 6 years experience, we can only give you suggestions, we are not physicians. If you think your piercing is infected, contact your physician. If a nostril or septum piercing becomes infected, you should see a physician IMMEDIATELY. Of course, some soreness may be experienced with new piercings. If the soreness and/or redness or discharge continues for an extended period of time, do not remove the jewelry. This will only cause more problems.
What should I do now?
DO NOT handle the piercing without first washing your hands. Don't play rough, love your piercing and it will love you. Absolutely NO oral contact on the piercing whatsoever. No bodily fluids should come in contact either. Don't overclean your piercing, follow the instructions as they are given. Do not swim in lakes or rivers, or soak in hot tubs for at least 3 months. These places are high in bacterial content and should be avoided.
And infection......? Signs of infection include:
Redness, swelling/hardness, pain or burning at the piercing area, thick discharge, usually dark yellow or green
Some redness and discharge is normal for the first few days, and the discharge may continue for several weeks. The normal discharge is white, and is simply your body ridding itself of dead cells. As was already stated, do not remove your jewelry in case of an infection. If need be, you can use some form of antibiotic ointment, at the direction of your physician.
Is my piercing rejecting? All piercings can reject, however, some have a much higher rejection rate than others. Rejection is not painful. But it is something to watch out for. Some things to watch for are:
Redness along with enlargement of the opening around the piercing High rate of discharge of clear fluids Itching and rash-like symptoms. This could also be caused by overcleaning or a reaction to the cleaning agent. Try changing agents and look for a dramatic change, or call your piercer.
Not every piercing you may select will be accepted by your body. There are many things to do to try and avoid rejection, such as changing the type of jewelry or metal used. Unless you have had a rejection problem before, contact your piercer if one should arise.
Can I help it heal even more? Your diet can have an impact on healing. We also suggest taking a daily multi-vitamin, as well as a zinc supplement (75 mg for women, 150 mg for men). The zinc should be taken for the first 7 days only. Should you wish to continue with the zinc, consult a physician. Follow the written and oral instructions given to you by the piercer. DO NOT USE isopropyl alcohol, peroxide, or betadine on your piercing. These products have a tendency to slow down the healing process.
What type of cleaning product should I use? Our suggestion to you for any piercing below the neck is to clean it thoroughly twice a day with any antibacterial soap. There are several different soaps on the market. Feel free to choose one, but choose only one, and try to stick with it. For facial and ear piercings, and ear cleaning solution containing benzalkonium chloride is suggested. This does not include oral piercings. For oral care, follow the instructions in oral care section.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS, OR CONCERNS, you have unlimited access to your piercer. You may stop in or call at any time during our business hours and we will be glad to discuss anything concerning your piercings or future piercings with you. Once again, we are not physicians so any suggestions we make are based on past experience and that of others in the industry. If our suggestions do not produce the results you are looking for, please consult your physician.
H2Ocean Ocean Foam:
After removing the bandage you will need to wash your new tattoo thoroughly to remove any ointments or petroleum based products from the area. Pat the tattoo dry with a paper towel. You will want to make sure that the plasma cycle has stopped before applying the Ocean Foam. (Plasma cycle: the oozing that comes out after a tattoo has just been completed). If the plasma cycle has not stopped wash the tattoo regularly and continue to check. Once the plasma cycle has stopped gentle apply Ocean Foam with your fingertips 3-5 times a day. Do not use petroleum based products with Ocean Foam during the healing process. On the third or forth day the tattoo may feel dry. This is part of the healing process. The tattoo will peel within the next couple of days.
H2Ocean Care Cream:
After removing the bandage you will need to wash your new tattoo thoroughly to remove any ointments or petroleum based products from the area. Apply a small amount of Ocean Care Cream to the tattoo 3-5 times a day. Before bed apply Ocean Care Cream to ensure moisture for the duration of the night. Wash your tattoo once a day while in the shower.
Using the Foam and Cream Together:
If you are doing a large tattoo piece we recommend using both the products together. After removing the bandage you will need to wash your new tattoo thoroughly to remove any ointments or petroleum based products from the area. Apply the Ocean Care Cream for the first 2-3 days then switch over to using the Ocean Foam to complete the healing process. The cream will allow the tattoo to ooze and the foam will seal the tattoo to help lock in all the ink.
H2Ocean Piercing Spray:
Just spray 3 to 6 times per day or as needed to the desired skin area. For best results, spray on skin area and let the solution completely dry. Do not wipe it off. The 360 degree non-aerosol dry-mist sprayer is ozone friendly and the formula remains sterile from start to finish.
Arctic Ocean Rinse:
Squirt a small amount of Arctic Ocean Rinse in mouth, vigorously swish for at least 30 seconds. Repeat two times a day for a cleaner healthier mouth. Use as needed after eating, smoking or brushing.