Please also see Aftercare FAQ
If you suspect you might be having a reaction to the Secondskin medical adhesive, please send me a text photo so I can verify.
If your application of the Secondskin is your second exposure, you could still have the allergy even if you did not show symptoms the first time you wore the Secondskin bandage.
Things to look for when you are allergic/sensitive to medical adhesive:
Small red bumps or blistering at the edges (mostly) or under the bandage
Spreading of redness of skin that is in direct contact under the bandage
Redness persisting up to the second or third day without bumps (less severe sensitivity than allergy)
Most sensitivities will show up the first night of application
If you are allergic, remove the bandage, very important to wash the area thoroughly to remove any residual adhesive remaining on the skin, and read the instructions below for "Aftercare without Secondskin bandage".
Aftercare with SecondSkin bandage
• Leave bandage on for 3 days; 72 hours after tattoo completion.
• You can shower normally with the bandage on.
• You may notice that body fluids like blood and plasma may collect under the bandage.
• The body may push out ink depending on your skin and how heavy the ink saturation was, this will result in blotchy ink collecting over your tattoo; it may make the tattoo look smudged. Do not worry, it will not affect the tattoo.
• After 3 days, it is recommended to take the bandage off in the shower, with (mild) soap and water. You must physically remove the bandage yourself, it will not come off on its own.
• Wash the tattoo VERY THOROUGHLY with mild soap. Wash any residual adhesive that may be remaining on the skin.
• After you remove the bandage, apply a water-based lotion onto your new tattoo to prevent dryness. Do not over moisturize. Try to maintain your natural skin’s humidity.
• Wash normally, ie. when you shower.
• Moisturize your tattoo when you can feel your tattoo, it means the skin is dry.
• Do not use neosporin, aquaphor, or other oily ointments. Use a water-based location instead like Lubriderm, Aveeno, Cetephil, or Cerave.
• Wear sunscreen under prolonged sun exposure (ie, being in the sun longer than 30 minutes at a time). It is not recommended to be in prolonged sun exposure while your tattoo is healing and building new layers of skin (first month). If you are not in the sun longer than 30 minutes at a time, sunscreen is not necessary.
Aftercare without SecondSkin bandage
• Leave the seranwrap on until bedtime.
• Take it off and take the warmest/hottest shower possible to wash the tattoo area thoroughly.
• Use mild soap for sensitive skin to wash thoroughly.
• Let it rest for the first night without doing any thing.
• The next morning take another warm/hot shower and apply an ointment like Palmer’s coco butter minimally, or if you have a moisturizing cream like Cerave, that works too.
• Apply a very small amount of ointment/lotion, just enough for the skin to feel flexible.
• Do not leave a thick coat of ointment/lotion on the tattooed area. It must be able to breathe.
• Keep the area clean and do not wash the tattoo too many times, only do so when needed.
• Moisturize and wash only when needed.
• It is best to try to leave your tattoo alone.
• Make sure all clothes are clean that make contact with the tattooed area.
• If the skin feels tight and not flexible, you need to moisturize. Do not allow the area to break open from dryness.
• After 3-4 days, the tattoo skin will appear to thicken it will itch. DO NOT scratch it.
• Scabbing/flaking is perfectly normal. Apply a water-based lotion to help with the itchiness or take a quick hot shower