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A Complete Guide On How Long To Leave Saniderm On Tattoo


A Complete Guide On How Long To Leave Saniderm On Tattoo

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Tattoos are pretty popular among tattoo enthusiasts. Research indicates that every third person wears at least one tattoo. Some people like this body artwork so much that they even get two or more tattoos on their skin. They are an ideal way to express your personality. Undoubtedly, tattoos look beautiful. The coolest thing about body artwork is that you can choose any tattoo design. But is that all you need to know about body artwork?

No, not at all!

Whether you are just planning to get a tattoo design or already have one, there is one thing that people often get confused about: how long it takes to leave Saniderm on your tattoo. Knowing this is crucial to having a vibrant tattoo design. Following a tattoo etching procedure, your artist will wrap your newly etched tattoo with a bandage, which is called Saniderm. If you are not familiar with this crucial step, then we strongly suggest that you check out this article to learn more about it. Let’s get started…

What is Saniderm?

Saniderm is a bandage or a wrap that almost every tattoo artist uses to wrap a newly etched tattoo design on a client’s skin. No matter where you get your tattoo, a Saniderm bandage is a crucial part of the tattooing procedure. After the completion of your session, your tattoo artist will first clean the newly tattooed area; after that, he/she will wrap your new tattoo with this bandage to protect it from bacteria and other pollutants.

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Let’s now see how long it should be left on your skin. Here we go…

The Duration To Leave Saniderm On Your Tattoo

More often than not, tattoo artists advise leaving the Saniderm bandage for at least 24 hours after it is applied to your skin. This bandage protects the newly etched tattoo from bacteria. Tattoos are similar to wounds, and you need to take good care of them and protect them from bacteria and infection. Letting it stay for a day promotes tattoo healing. However, you cannot leave it on your skin for a long time. There are a few signals that indicate that it’s time to remove the bandage from your skin. Here are some of them:

  • Know that the time for tattoo healing differs from person to person. Also, it depends on the amount of fluid that leak out. If your tattoo weep excessive fluid under the Saniderm, then it’s time to remove the bandage.
  • If the adherence of the Saniderm bandage is beginning to fade, this is the signal that you should either remove or change the bandage.
  • A tad bit of blood leakage is normal after tattooing. However, if your tattoo starts to leak a lot of blood than regular, then its time to remove the bandage.

As said earlier, Saniderm should be removed after 24 hours. This is because your tattoo artist will ask you to clean the newly etched region. Let’s now take a look at the steps required to remove the bandage. Here we go…

Steps to Remove Saniderm Bandage

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Wet the bandage with warm water. Doing so will loosen the adhesive and removing it will become a breeze.


Apply baby oil or coconut oil to the edges of the bandage for easy removal.


Now, slowly pull off the bandage of your skin. Make sure to pull the bandage off in the direction your hair grows otherwise you have unbearable pain.


Now clean the newly tattooed area with antibacterial soap.


Pat it dry with a paper towel or soft cloth and apply a tiny coating of moisturizer or lotion. Make sure you use chemical-free and fragrance-free lotion for your tattoo.

In most cases, you don’t need to reapply the Saniderm bandage after removing the first one. However, if your artist has asked you to apply a second bandage, then you can do so and leave it on for up to 5 – 6 days. However, if the tattoo weeps on a second bandage, then don’t wait to remove it within 24 hours. After removing the second bandage, you can apply the third one for another 5 – 6 days. Make sure you do not use a bandage for more than 7 days. Leaving it on for a longer duration can impact your tattoo adversely, which is definitely something you want to avoid.

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Tattoo Care After Removing The Saniderm Bandage

After you have removed the bandage, you should take good care of your newly etched tattoo design. Taking good care of your tattoo design will promote healing and make your design look vibrant and beautiful forever.

Usually, it takes 2 – 3 weeks for a tattoo to heal. Some may take longer than regular, depending on the size and pattern of their tattoo design. However, with proper care, you can promote the healing of your tattoo and have a gorgeous piece for life. Here are some things that you have to strictly avoid in order to have a stunning tattoo design. Take a look…

  • As said earlier, tattoos are like wounds. Just like with your wound you feel itching sensation, tattoos also produce this sensation and you may want to scratch it instantly. You have to avoid picking or scratching your tattoo. Scratching it can distort its beauty and you will end up having disappointments.
  • Avoid long baths, swims, and water sports. Prolonged exposure to water can lead to fading of the tattoo colours. Hence, it is advisable that you should avoid submerging in water for at least 3 weeks after the tattoo session.
  • Avoid strenuous workouts or activities. Make sure to steer clear of strenuous workouts for at least a few weeks. Engaging in workouts can have a negative impact on your tattoo due to perspiration.
  • Protect your tattoo from harmful UV rays when it is still healing. Consider applying sunscreen with a high SPF whenever going out during the day.
  • Wear breathable loose clothing to protect your tattoo from scratches and scarring until it is healed completely.
  • Lastly, watch for the signs of infection. Infection can worsen your tattoo design. Therefore, it is crucial that you are watchful. If you notice any sign of infection, immediately contact your tattoo artist or a reputable dermatologist for timely treatment.

Follow these tips and have a mesmerizing tattoo design for life!

Thanks for reading!

Happy Tattooing… 😊 😊

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