Unlike any other product, Tegaderm tattoo is a waterproof, breathable, medical-grade tattoo bandage. Tegaderm is designed to be permeable to gases, such as oxygen. These bandages alleviate many of the drawbacks of other Tegaderm tattoo healing methods. Tegaderm drastically reduces the risk of contaminants entering the wound area of a recent Tegaderm tattoo. Using Tegaderm protects the area from unwanted shearing/friction. And allows the body to stay hydrated. Plus, it conveniently eliminates washing and aftercare sessions for a new tattoo. The result is a safer, smoother, and more efficient Tegaderm tattoo healing experience.
Tegaderm Pre-Application Instructions
Before applying make sure the skin surrounding the tattoo has also been shaved. Removing a hair bandage can be unpleasant. After finishing a tattoo session, make sure the tattoo is clean. No residue from the tattoo session) and pat the area dry. Don’t clean a fresh tattoo with products that contain rubbing alcohol or glycerine. Rubbing alcohol will certainly kill any bacteria in the area. But it will also kill all of your body’s own healing elements in the process. This will cause the wound to dry out under the bandage when it is applied. If you use an astringent on a new tattoo. We suggest using an alcohol-free, fragrance-free variant soap. Also, glycerine can react with Tegaderm’s adhesive, causing many problems.
Cut and trim Tegaderm to fit around the Tegaderm tattoo – include an extra inch around all sides.
TIP: Cutting the edges of the bandage so that it is round will help it adhere better and be more comfortable.
Peel off the white paper wrapper from the sticky part first and gently place it on top of the Tegaderm tattoo.
Once the adhesive side of the bandage is in place. Remove the second clear layer from the top side and smooth the bandage over the tattoo.
Keep the first bandage applied for between 3 and 24 hours. Depending on the degree of exudation from the wound. Replace it within 24 hours. It’s okay if some plasma/blood/lymphatic fluid accumulates. Under the bandage during this period. But don’t leave it on for more than 24 hours.
Removal of Tegaderm and reapplication of the second bandage
To remove Tegaderm, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back on itself in the direction of hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove Tegaderm. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin. Making removal is much more comfortable. Dry removal of Tegaderm can cause discomfort and further trauma to the skin.
Through away the used bandage and wash the tattoo with a mild soap, preferably unscented.
Let the tattoo air dry or dry with a clean towel.
Apply a thin layer of petroleum-free moisturizer. So the tattoo retains moisture and is less itchy. If you plan to apply another bandage. Apply the product only to the Tegaderm tattoo and avoid contact with the surrounding skin. Tegaderm does not adhere well to damp or wet skin.
Apply a second bandage following the application steps above.
Additional removal and reapplication information:
Keep this second bandage on for 3-6 days, ideally the full six days. If the skin appears irritated, there is fluid build-up, or the bandage comes off. It’s okay to remove the bandage sooner rather than later.
Don’t put on more bandages once the scabbing/peeling phase of tattoo healing has begun. If you find yourself without a bandage during this phase, make sure to keep the area well hydrated.
If any adhesive remains on the skin or the adhesive do not loosen enough with water, coconut oil and baby oil are helpful for removal.
How to take care of your new tattoo after removing Tegaderm
Once the last bandage is removed, continue to care for the Tegaderm tattoo. By washing and moisturizing as needed. Until the tattoo is fully healed. The tattoo may appear to be completely healed on the surface. Once the second Tegaderm bandage is removed. However, the deeper layers of the skin will continue to repair themselves for 2-4 months. We recommend a good hydration regimen throughout this period.
Use Tegaderm while showering, swimming, and exercising
Showering while wearing Tegaderm is fine, but it’s best to keep the time spent in the shower to a minimum. Water can weaken the bandage’s adhesive, allowing unwanted contaminants to enter it. It increases the risk of infection. It is vital to monitor the temperature of the water. Excess heat can separate the bandage from the skin, inflame the skin and irritate the tattoo.
For these reasons, bathing, swimming or completely submerging a tattoo dressed in. Light exercise while wearing Tegaderm is fine. But avoid activity that causes excessive sweating.