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Saniderm is a brand of transparent adhesive film that is commonly used for tattoo aftercare. It creates a barrier over the fresh tattoo, protecting it from external contaminants and promoting a faster and more efficient healing process. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use Saniderm for tattoo aftercare.

Why Choose Saniderm

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Saniderm is a product that acts as a “second skin” covering the tattoo. This is one of the easiest forms of healing a tattoo because you only need to change the adhesive film every couple of days over the course of a week. This option allows the tattoo is heal without worrying about any contaminants, and you can go about your day without needing to clean it every few hours. This form of healing is great for someone getting their first tattoo.

How to Use

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You can easily find Saniderm online at Amazon or in person at Boots or Superdrug. If this is the healing path you choose, then your tattoo artist will likely apply the first piece you use and possibly give you a few more sheets for continual use. Saniderm comes in various sizes, so select the piece that will fully cover your tattoo with a small overlap around the edges.

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Gently peel off the paper backing from one side of the Saniderm sheet, exposing the adhesive side. Carefully place the adhesive side of the Saniderm over your tattoo. Start from one end and slowly press it down, ensuring there are no wrinkles or air bubbles. Smooth it out gently to ensure good adhesion. Once the Saniderm is in place, peel off the paper backing from the other side of the sheet. After both backings are removed, press down the edges of the Saniderm firmly to ensure it adheres securely to your skin.

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After removing Saniderm, gently clean your tattoo with mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water. Pat it dry with a clean towel, and then apply a thin layer of tattoo-friendly moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated during the healing process.

Helpful Facts

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When it’s time to remove Saniderm, the shower is the best place to do so. Running the adhesive under the warm water will loosen it from the skin and allow you to peal the film away gently and without pain. If you attempt to do this without soaking it first, then you could cause damage to your skin and the tattoo. When it’s time to remove Saniderm, do so gently. Slowly peel it off in the direction of hair growth.

Tattoo ink cup icon Excess Ink

Sometimes Saniderm can fill up with what’s known as “plasma”. This is the combination of excess ink, blood, and sweat. Although it’s not the most pleasant thing to look at, this is very normal and can happen more often with color tattoos. Excess ink can also present when removing the Saniderm in the form of an imprint of the tattoo left on the film. This is also completely normal and does not mean your tattoo is harmed.