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  • Keep bandage on 3-4 days. Gently peel the Derm Shield by pulling it slowly from the edge back over itself (removal under warm water will ease the process). Do NOT pull the bandage upwards.

  • If there are any breaks or the bandage starts to lift, remove immediately and use traditional aftercare. 

  • Apply a thin layer of Griffin Salve, or non-scented lotion 3-5 times daily. 




  • Remove bandage within 1-3 hours (if bandaged).

  • Gently wash tattoo with non-scented liquid antibacterial soap and lukewarm water. 

  • Do NOT scrub or use a washcloth. Pat dry with single-use paper towel. 

  • Apply a very thin coating of Aquafor or whatever healing balm your artist recommends. Do NOT use Neosporin or other triple antibiotic ointments. 

  • Be sure to wash tattoo each and every time before applying Aquafor/balm.

  • Continue to wash and apply a thin layer of Aquafor/balm 3-5 times daily for the next 3 days. 

  • After 3 days, begin to apply a layer of non-scented lotion 3-5 times daily. 

  • Around day 4 the tattoo will begin to flake and peel, it may even scab slightly. This is normal. 

  • Do NOT itch or scratch your tattoo during this time period. Let the dead skin flake off on its own. 




  • Avoid sunburn and any standing water (pools, lakes, oceans, hot tubs, bathtubs, etc.) until your tattoo is completely healed. 

  • In the event mild scabbing occurs, do NOT pick at or attempt to “wash off” the scab. Allow it to heal up by itself. 



  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact the body art facility where your tattoo was performed. In addition, you should seek medical attention if the tattoo site becomes infected or painful, or if you develop a fever shortly after being tattooed. Signs of infection may include pain, redness, swelling, rash, or discharge at the site of the tattoo, or a fever.

  • You may be allowed to donate blood within the standard deferral period if you present a copy of your client record provided by the body art facility to the blood donor facility.

  • To make a complaint, contact the Oakland County Health Division at 248.424.7190 or 248.858.1312.

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