Saniderm Instructions

Application of Saniderm

 Clean and dry the tattoo thoroughly.
2. Cut Saniderm to the desired length and shape. You should account for an extra inch or two on each side of the tattoo to come in contact with un-tattooed, dry skin.
3. Expose a small section of the sticky side by peeling off the opaque backing.
4. Smooth Saniderm over the tattoo as yo peel the backing.
5. Once applied, remove the clear/shiny supportive backing (on the outside). The look of the backing on both front and back does vary by brand.
6. The bandage should be flat on the skin with no bubbles or wrinkles for best results. The bandage can leak if not applied properly.
How Does Saniderm Work?
Unlike Saran Wrap, Saniderm is a medical-grade, breathable, waterproof tattoo bandage. Saniderm is engineered to be permeable to gasses, like oxygen. These bandages alleviate many of the pitfalls that come with other tattoo healing methods. Primarily, Saniderm drastically reduces the risk of contaminants entering the wound site of a fresh tattoo. Wearing Saniderm protects the area from unwanted shear/friction and allows the body to keep itself moisturized.
Keep this bandage on for 3-6 days (or as directed by your artist) – the full six days being ideal. If the skin appears irritated, there is fluid buildup, or the bandage is coming off, it’s okay to remove the bandage sooner rather than later.
Saniderm Removal
1. To remove Saniderm, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. The shower is the ideal place to remove Saniderm. Running water will help loosen the adhesive and relax the skin, making the removal much more comfortable. Dry removal of Saniderm may cause discomfort and added trauma to the skin.
2. Discard the used bandage and wash the tattoo with a mild soap, preferably fragrance-free.
3. Allow the tattoo to air dry or pat dry with a clean towel.
4. Repeat the process, using a new piece of Saniderm starting at step one if you have fluid build up within the first day or two. In the first twenty-four hours there may be a build up of blood, ink, and/or plasma underneath the Saniderm. This is completely normal. You do not want to leave the build up for more than one day. Remove Saniderm when there is build up, clean and dry the tattooed area and re-apply.
5. If you develop an adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately.
6. Once you remove the Saniderm for good, if desired, apply a thin layer of aftercare product to your tattoo. Use a thin layer of petroleum-free moisturizer to help the tattoo retain moisture and itch less.
Do not reapply any more bandages after the scabbing/flaking phase of tattoo healing has begun. If you find yourself bandage-less during this phase, make sure you’re keeping the area thoroughly moisturized.
If there is adhesive residue leftover on the skin, or the adhesive is not loosening enough with water, coconut oil and baby oil are helpful for removal.
Caring for Your New Tattoo After Removing Saniderm
Once the bandage has been removed, continue caring for the tattoo by washing and moisturizing as needed, until the tattoo is fully healed. The tattoo may appear to be fully healed on the surface once your Saniderm bandage comes off. However, deeper layers of skin will still be repairing for 2-4 months. We recommend a good moisturizing regimen for this entire period.
Wearing Saniderm While Showering, Swimming, and Exercising
Showering while wearing Saniderm is fine, but it’s best to keep the time spent in the shower to a minimum. Bathing, swimming, or fully submerging a tattoo dressed in Saniderm is strongly discouraged. Light exercise while wearing Saniderm is fine, but avoid activity that causes excessive sweating. Just as water will weaken the adhesion of the bandage, so will sweat and any other significant amount of fluid. Try to keep the bandage as clean and dry as possible until it’s time to remove it.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns while using Saniderm
Traditional Tattoo Aftercare
What products to use.
Soap and water. Dial, Safeguard, Lever 2000, Neutrogena are all fine
Any non-greasy, fragrance-free, dye-free moisturizing lotion. Lubriderm, Keri, Aquaphor ointment or Aveeno are recommended
(OPTIONAL) Bacitracin, Neosporin, or Vitamin A & D ointment
When you leave the shop.
Leave bandage on for at least 2 hours, or as instructed by your artist.
Always wash your hands very well with soap before touching your new tattoo.
Immediately after the bandage is removed, wash your tattoo with warm water and mild, fragrance-free soap. Keep washing and rinsing until all the ointment, blood, and lymph is off. Excess lymph will cause scabs. You do want to minimize scabbing.
Make sure to rinse well and pat it dry with a clean, disposable paper towel only.
Wash your tattoo twice a day until it has healed.
Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor ointment after drying off the tattoo. Do this twice per day for the first 3 days.
This is the only time you will use the ointment.
After a few days your tattoo will become dry and flaky or maybe scab. Use one of the recommended lotions whenever the tattoo feels dry or tight. Start doing this the 3rd day. Rub the lotion so it absorbs into your skin. If you cake it on, your skin can’t breathe.
If a scab forms it will be the color of the ink. That does not mean the ink is coming off.
Your tattoo may look dull until it has completely healed.
This is a normal course of healing and will clear up in a few weeks.
Things to avoid while healing.
DO NOT use other kinds of ointment besides the ones recommended.
DO NOT under any circumstances use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, or cortisone.
DO NOT use sponges, washcloths, or brushes. (they can harbor bacteria)
DO NOT pick at, peel, or scratch your healing tattoo. Let the dead skin fall off naturally.
DO NOT let anyone else touch your healing tattoo.
DO NOT soak in a lake, tub, or pool. All of these can contain bacteria.
DO NOT expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds for 2-3 weeks. After this time a high SPF sun block is needed to protect your color.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your tattoo artist.