Start by washing your hands with liquid antibacterial soap.

Remove bandage after 2-4 hours, gently wash your tattoo with unscented liquid antibacterial soap and hot water, no scrubbing.

Rinse thoroughly with hot then cold water, pat dry with paper towels and allow to air dry for 2-3 minutes.

Apply a thin layer of unscented white lotion or Aquaphor, blot away excess until damp looking.

Cover tattoo with plastic wrap before bed for the first 2-3 nights, leave uncovered otherwise.

Check tattoo every 2-3 hours, if it looks dry, reapply lotion, if using Aquaphor, only use 2-3 days then switch to unscented white lotion.

Wash tattoo a few times per day.

After a few days, your tattoo will start flaking and peeling, don’t pick, pull or scratch.

Until healed, no soaking or swimming.

For small tattoos, leave on for 5-6 days

For larger tattoos, first piece stays on for 4-5 days.

Saniderm may fill a bit with blood and/or plasma, this is normal, do not drain or pop.

To remove Saniderm, it is best to run comfortably hot water on it for 1 minute then, using an unscented liquid antibacterial soap, get a soapy lather on a corner or edge of Saniderm to get it to lift or roll. Grab lifted part and peel about half an inch to one inch, repeat water-soap-peel until Saniderm is removed.

Do not peel Saniderm quickly!

Once removed, wash tattoo gently with unscented liquid antibacterial soap and pat dry with paper towels.


  • WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • SALINE rinse as needed during healing. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.
  • If your piercer suggests using 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 because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.


Use any or all of the following solutions for inside the mouth:

  • Alcohol-free and hydrogen peroxide-free mouth rinse. Or you can use dry mouth oral rinse for hydration
  • Plain clean water. Bottled or filtered water is preferred.
  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label). This is not for internal use but external use only (like cleaning the outside of your lip piercing).
  • Regardless of the brand of saline, the can should list sterile and isotonic. The only ingredients included should be water and 0.9% or 9mg/ml sodium chloride. Mixing your own sea salt solution is no longer a suggested practice from the APP. Mixing your own sea salt solution will commonly result in the product being far too salty and strong. This can over dry the piercing and interfere with healing.
  • Do not use contact solution, eye drops, or nasal rinse products on your piercing.



  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • Keeping good oral hygiene practices is important in maintaining a healthy mouth and piercing.You will want to floss, brush and use mouth rinse at least twice a day. It is vital to not overuse the mouth rinse.
  • Gently brush the jewelry with a clean toothbrush regularly to avoid plaque build up.
  • Rinse with water (bottled or filtered) thoroughly after every time you eat, drink or smoke.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • Be sure to rinse your piercing thoroughly with warm water in the shower once a day. Then rinse with saline twice a day.
  • Gently remove any discharge or crust that may have built up on your jewelry, then dry the area carefully with gauze.