Before you start applying Dermalize PADS and/or Protective Tattoo Film make sure to wash your hands and put on clean surgical gloves. Measure the tattoo and choose the best size of your absorbent PAD. Cut pieces off the film roll in sizes that you are comfortable to work with.
Start by cleaning and drying the tattoo and surrounding skin. Apply a very thin layer of a non-mineral oil ointment on the tattoo. We recommend Dermalize Velvet Cream as an ointment which works very efficiently with our PADS and protective film without obstructing the transpiration pores of the two polyurethane products.
On the first day, we recommend that every fresh tattoo should be fully covered with an absorbent PAD (pads may also be applied next to one other on the tattooed skin, like in a patchwork). Dermalize absorbent PADS are generally applied by the tattoo artist using stripes of Dermalize film to fix the PADS on the edges. It is advisable to keep Dermalize absorbent PADS on the fresh tattoo for maximu 24 hrs, not longer.
If you choose not to use a Dermalize absorbent PAD on the first day and you go for Dermalize Protective Film only, please remember that the first piece of Dermalize Protective Tattoo Film can be replaced also after 3/4 hours, the exact time will depend on the amount of fluids that the wound exudes: this will vary from person to person.
In most cases people choose to wear the first patch of Dermalize Protective Film for the first 24 hours, although we recommend to change it whenever it gets dirty, too loose or full of liquids.
When removing the film, make sure to carefully wash the area with natural soap and water , or the recommended Dermalize Soft Wash, and gently dry the tattoo.
Apply a thin layer of Dermalize Velvet Cream on the tattoo to ensure a moist healing under the Dermalize bandage. This will also make it easier to remove it later on.
On the second day, repeat the operation at least once during the day.
From the third day any further application of Dermalize Protective Film can be kept on for a variable amount of time, depending on the client’s need, changing it at least once within 24 hours until the tattoo is completely healed. The total suggested use of Dermalize, covering all applications, is between 6 and 7 days. At the end of the healing process, make sure to hydrate the skin with Dermalize Velvet Cream or any moisturizer of your preference.
N.B. If Dermalize Protective Film is hard to pull off the skin, simply let some mild water run under the tattoo film, so that the glue becomes slightly more tender and removal of the film is easier. You may also use Dermalize Velvet Cream or Miracle Butter or any oily product to rub under the film with clean fingers, in order to remove the glue.