Aftercare Remember to never touch your healing tattoo with unwashed hands. Remove bandage after 2-3 hours, wash with antibacterial soap and water, apply thin coat of Bacitracin and bandage again. Change bandage every 3-4 hours, every time repeating the process of washing with soap and reapplying thin coat of ointment. It is recommended to change bandage before bed and leave it on overnight. After 4 or 5 days, stop bandage and the use of ointment. Switch to a gentle, mild moisturizing UNSCENTED lotion, like Lubriderm or Aquaphor. DO NOT use petroleum jelly or any zinc containing products. There should be NO exposure to sun, NO bath or swimming while tattoo is healing, up to 10 days or as long as needed. It is normal for a fresh tattoo to start peeling or get itchy. This is a part of the healing process. DO NOT scratch or pick at it, as doing so could lead to permanent scarring or partial color loss.