Clean and dry the new tattoo and surrounding skin (lotions or ointments are not necessary)
Peel off the paper backing of Saniderm to reveal the adhesive side.
Gently apply over the tattoo, leaving about 1 inch of the bandage in contact with undamaged skin around the tattoo. More than an inch may be needed in highly mobile areas such as knees, hands, etc.
Remove the plastic backing, leaving only the Saniderm bandage on the tattoo.
The first piece of Saniderm should stay on for 8-24 hours or longer, depending on how much the tattoo bleeds. It’s normal for blood and fluids to collect under the bandage.
Remove the bandage, clean and dry the area and apply a second piece of Saniderm, if the tattoo is not bleeding or weeping a small amount of unscented lotion or ointment may be used on the tattoo to prevent adhesion. The 2nd piece can be worn for up to 6 days. Apply a third piece if needed.
- • For maximum comfort ensure skin is in a neutral position when applying Saniderm.
- • When little bleeding will occur, (line work, on a hand, etc.) you may apply a small amount of lotion or ointment directly on the tattoo before applying Saniderm to prevent adhesion to the tattoo.
- • When cutting to size, rounded corners provide the best adhesion.
- • For large areas, pieces of Saniderm may be overlapped by 1/2 inch (1 cm).
- • When applying to elbows and knees the joint should be in a neutral position, neither straight nor completely bent.
- • Do not use Saniderm on people who have allergies to adhesives.
- • If using a glycerin soap (such as green soap) be sure to rinse thoroughly as any residue will react with the adhesives and cause increased binding and possible irritation.