Tattoo Weeping Fluid Out Of The Bandage

Certain tattoos weep more or less, depending on a lot of different factors. Your body excreting plasma and “weeping” is a completely normal beginning to the tattoo healing process. However, excessive weeping may negatively affect the adhesion of the bandage. If you are experiencing excessive weeping, you will simply need to clean the tattooed area more often than normal.

Tips for cleaning and reapplication of Saniderm

  1. Do not use a washcloth, loofah, or sponge to clean your tattoo. These can be painful to clean a new tattoo with, and may harbor bacteria.

  2. Do not hold your tattoo directly under the water. Wash it indirectly by splashing the water over the tattoo with your hands. The stream of water from the faucet may be too harsh on your new tattoo. If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo in the shower.

  3. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Leave the tattoo uncovered for 15-20 minutes before reapplying another Saniderm tattoo bandage. This will allow any excess moisture in the tattoo to evaporate.

  4. The best way to remove Saniderm is to find an edge of the bandage, and then to pull it back over itself in the direction of hair growth. Pulling upward on the Saniderm can be painful, so we don’t recommend it. In some rare cases, certain people will “stick” to the Saniderm bandage more than others, which can make it more difficult than normal to remove. In cases like this, try removing the Saniderm in a warm shower. The warmth will loosen the adhesive, and make it easier to remove.

  5. Apply an extremely thin layer of an aftercare ointment or lotion  to the tattooed area before reapplying your Saniderm.

  6. Make sure that you properly apply the Saniderm bandage and leave at least 1 inch of buffer area around the tattoo. Doing this will play a large role in preventing fluids from building up too much and spilling out.

Have additional questions about application or removal of Saniderm? Read more about how Saniderm works, where Saniderm came from, and why Saniderm is better than its alternatives in Saniderm’s tattoo knowledge base!

My tattoo is scabbing underneath my bandage. Is that normal? What should I do?

It is not normal for a tattoo to be scabbing under the tattoo bandage during the healing process. Once again, we always advise users to change the first Saniderm bandage within the first 24 hours, take it off and clean your tattoo like normal, and let the area air dry for about 20 minutes. Apply the second bandage, and leave that on for 3 to 5 days.  If you experience scabbing underneath Saniderm, you may want to apply a small amount of lotion or ointment under the bandage to provide a little extra moisture.


Immediately after your new tattoo

As a rule of thumb, avoid using anti-bacterial ointment on a new tattoo. The thick petroleum in anti-bacterial ointments can cut off oxygen and suffocate the healing wound. This can also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo’s color to fade. We recommend using an extremely thin layer of an aftercare product specifically designed for tattoos. Personally, we use and recommend After Inked for this. After Inked is non-petroleum based and uses grapeseed oil, which is rich in antioxidants. Products like this help the healing process along and keep your new tattoo moisturized.  Additionally, airborne bacteria can penetrate through your broken skin after you get a tattoo. For this reason, it’s important to cover the tattoo with a bandage or dressing. As the makers of Saniderm , we’re naturally a little biased, but we believe we make the best tattoo bandage on the planet for a lot of reasons. We advise against using saran wrap, as it can suffocate your tattoo. Remember: healing tattoos need oxygen.


Hours later/the next day

Once your tattoo is dry, the skin around the tattooed area will begin to feel tight. This happens as your tattoo dries out, and it’s a good indicator that it’s time to apply moisturizer. Once again, we use and recommend After Inked for this. Rub it in gently until it’s absorbed by the skin — be sure to apply a very thin layer. It’s important not to apply too much ointment, or you can suffocate the tattoo. Continue applying your tattoo aftercare of choice each time you gently wash the tattoo for 3 to 5 days, or until your tattoo starts to peel.

When using Saniderm, we recommend that you use 2-3 bandages total (used in succession) to allow ample time for healing. Use your first Saniderm tattoo bandage for 8-24 hours, and then keep the next two pieces on for between 1-6 days each (depending on how much fluid the tattoo is leaking still). If you believe that your tattoo needs more time to heal beyond that, you may continue applying additional Saniderm bandages. However, most customers report complete healing after 2-3 applications.

Continue to clean and moisturize your tattoo

It is important to continue to maintain proper cleanliness and moisturizing of your new tattoo until it is fully healed. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 six weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo