*Derm Shield minimizes the risk of infection by protecting your tattoo so it can heal through its own natural methods.
*When applying ointment to the tattoo you create a tacky surface that bacteria is more likely to stick to; This heightens the risk of infection. For this reason, many people turn to Derm Shield and other similar products to help cover the skin and limit the risk of infection.
*By design, Derm Shields 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 breathability. If shower/ bath water gets under the bandage take it off, wash it, and contact your artist.
*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 bandage, the second bandage can be worn for 3 to 5 days.
*The best way to remove Derm Shield is to find an edge and peel it back over itself in the direction of hair growth.
*Try removing the Derm Shield in a warm shower. The warmth will loosen the adhesive, and make it easier to remove.
*My Tattoo Is Weeping Fluid Out Of The Bandage
Some tattoos weep more than others. Your body is 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 please contact your artist for further instructions.
Tips for cleaning and reapplication of Derm Shield
1. Remove the bandage. The best way to remove Derm Shield is to find an edge of the bandage and then to pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Pulling upward can be painful.
2. Wash the tattoo with clean hands and recommended soap. Do not use a washcloth, loofah, or sponge to clean your tattoo. These can be painful and may harbor bacteria. If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo in the shower. If shower/ bath water gets under the bandage take it off, wash it, and contact your artist.
3. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, gently pat it dry with a paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo as this may cause irritation. Leave the tattoo uncovered for 15-20 minutes before reapplying another tattoo bandage; This will allow any excess moisture in the tattoo to evaporate.
4. OPTIONAL STEP: Apply an extremely thin layer of an aftercare ointment to the tattooed area before reapplying your Derm Shield.
6. Make sure that you properly apply the bandage and leave at least 1 inch of buffer area around the tattoo. Doing this will play a large role in preventing shower water from entering, and from fluids spilling out.
*Can I use Derm Shield 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. We recommend using a thin layer of ointment before applying the bandage.
A: Air pockets won’t affect the healing process, but if it’s driving you crazy you can make a small cut, let the air bubble out, and apply an additional small piece of Derm Shield 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.
*Avoid excessive exercise while wearing Derm Shield. We haven’t run into many problems but built up sweat under the bandage isn’t ideal.
*Derm Shield 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, wash with mild soap, and contact your artist.