*Saniderm minimizes the risk of infection by protecting your tattoo so it can heal through its own natural methods.
*When applying a moisturizer to the tattoo, you create a tacky surface for these elements to stick to. Obviously, this heightens the risk of infection. For this reason, many people turn to a tattoo bandage to help cover the skin and limit the risk of contamination.
*By design, Saniderm’s tattoo bandage is permeable enough for oxygen and water vapor to pass through. This is important, as it allows the wounded area to maintain optimal levels of breath-ability.
*Regardless of how much fluid build up you experience, you should always make your best effort to change the initial film at the 24-hour mark to clean the area and replace the bandage. After you apply the first Saniderm bandage, the second bandages can be worn for 3 to 5 days.
*The best way to remove Saniderm is to find an edge of the bandage, and then to pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth.
*Try removing the Saniderm in a warm shower. The warmth will loosen the adhesive, and make it easier to remove.
*If you get your Saniderm wet, it’s no big deal!
*My Tattoo Is Weeping Fluid Out Of The Bandage
Certain tattoos weep more or less, depending on a lot of different factors. Your body excreting plasma and “weeping” is a completely normal beginning to the tattoo healing process. However, excessive weeping may negatively affect the adhesion of the bandage. If you are experiencing excessive weeping, you will simply need to clean the tattooed area more often than normal.
(THIS IS WERE WE RECOMMEND THEM COMING IN AFTER THE FIRST 24 HURS FOR A SECOND APPLICATION, but just in case these are their steps.)
Tips for cleaning and reapplication of Saniderm
1. Do not use a washcloth, loofah, or sponge to clean your tattoo. These can be painful to clean a new tattoo with, and may harbor bacteria.
2. Do not hold your tattoo directly under the water. Wash it indirectly by splashing the water over the tattoo with your hands. The stream of water from the faucet may be too harsh on your new tattoo. If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo in the shower.
3. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Leave the tattoo uncovered for 15-20 minutes before reapplying another Saniderm tattoo bandage. This will allow any excess moisture in the tattoo to evaporate.
4. The best way to remove Saniderm is to find an edge of the bandage, and then to pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Pulling upward on the Saniderm can be painful, so we don’t recommend it. In some rare cases, certain people will “stick” to the Saniderm bandage more than others, which can make it more difficult than normal to remove. In cases like this, try removing the Saniderm in a warm shower. The warmth will loosen the adhesive, and make it easier to remove.
5. OPTIONAL STEP: Apply an extremely thin layer of an aftercare ointment or lotion (our favorite is Sanibalm) to the tattooed area before reapplying your Saniderm.
6. Make sure that you properly apply the Saniderm bandage and leave at least 1 inch of buffer area around the tattoo. Doing this will play a large role in preventing fluids from building up too much and spilling out.
*Can I use Saniderm more than 24 hours after getting a tattoo? The answer is, “yes.” As long as you are within the first 48 hours of your tattoo you can still apply the bandage. Even without scabbing, we still recommend using a thin layer of aftercare ointment before applying the Saniderm bandage.
A: Simply make a small cut, let the air bubble out, and apply an additional small piece of Saniderm over the newly exposed area. This is the option we generally recommend, just because it’s fast and easy. Be cautious when making the incision, however, as you don’t want to harm the tattoo below. Don’t apply too much pressure and try to make the smallest slit possible—just enough to release the air trapped inside.
B: Or, perhaps you don’t have any more Saniderm on hand. If this is the case, gently attempt to push the air bubble out by hand. Take caution during this process — go slowly and be attentive.
*Exercising and working out while wearing Saniderm is fine.
*Since its beginning, Saniderm has always been a 100% vegan product, and will continue to remain so.
*Saniderm is latex free, so allergic reactions are very rare. However, some individuals have extremely sensitive skin or allergies to adhesives. If you do experience a rash, abnormal skin irritation, or other symptoms of an allergic reaction, discontinue use and wash with mild soap.