Saniderm is a polyurethane medical adhesive bandage specially formulated to heal tattoos. Using Saniderm eliminates the tedious aftercare steps and provides a clean, quick, and effortless tattoo healing process. The end result is a tattoo that is crisper, cleaner, more vibrant than tattoos healed without it.
No. Saniderm is hypoallergenic and latex-free. However, you can have an allergic reaction to the medical adhesive used to adhere the bandage to the skin. We recommend performing a patch test prior to application, especially if you have sensitive skin or adhesive sensitivity. Additionally, you can have a negative reaction if you use Saniderm in conjunction with certain chemicals. Follow instructions carefully to avoid reactions from occurring.
Transparent, adhesive dressings like Saniderm have been used in hospitals for abrasions, burns, road rash, cuts, and more since the 1980′s. We’re able to bring you Saniderm bandages, which come in sizes that are more suitable for the tattoo industry, and at less than half the price of the hospital brands.
Shave and clean the area prior to application. Ensure the skin is in a neutral position and relaxed. Cut the bandage to fit the tattoo plus an extra inch or two in each direction. For best results, cut the bandage so the corners are rounded. Peel the paper backing to reveal the adhesive side, position it, and gently smooth it over the tattoo. Remove the plastic backing, leaving only Saniderm over the tattoo.
It probably will but it’s nothing to worry about. In fact, allowing your tattoo to soak in the fluid (plasma) will actually aid in the tattoo healing process. Plasma is the clear portion of your blood that is composed of protein, water, salt, enzymes, and antibodies. Plasma only has viability for 24 hours, which is why you should remove your first Saniderm bandage at the 24-hour mark.
After the initial bandage has been removed at the 24 hour mark, you can apply a thin layer of aftercare product, like Sanibalm, to the tattoo before applying a second bandage. This will help keep the skin moist and less itchy. If you don’t have Sanibalm, opt for a petroleum free aftercare product.
If you notice that your bandage has loosened or is leaking, you should remove it, clean the tattoo, and apply a new bandage. When the seal of the bandage breaks, it becomes vulnerable to potential contaminants and puts you at risk of infecting the tattoo.
If there’s a bubble under your bandage, there are a few options. If you have additional Saniderm on hand, you can gently pierce the bubble and then cover the hole with an additional piece of Saniderm. Or, you can attempt to gently push the bubble out by gliding it to an edge of the bandage. If the seal of the bandage breaks in the process, you’ll need to cover it with another piece of Saniderm to prevent bacteria from entering the bandage. If you don’t have additional Saniderm bandages, it may be best to leave the bubble alone. However, if the bubble pops and you are without Saniderm, you’ll have to remove the bandage and heal your tattoo without Saniderm.
Try removing Saniderm in the shower under warm, running water. If that doesn’t work, apply some Sanibalm, coconut oil, or baby oil to the edges of the bandage. If that still doesn’t work, mix a little baking soda and warm water and apply it to the edges of the bandage. Once the bandage has been removed, gently wash the tattoo and any leftover adhesive with a mild soap. Sanibalm can be applied to soothe irritated skin.
Sanibalm or another gentle aftercare product. Avoid petroleum-based products like Aquaphor and Vaseline. Contrary to popular belief, these products are not suitable for healing tattoos, as they clog the pores and prevent oxygen from passing through the area.
Cut a small test strip and apply it to a clean, hairless area of the skin. A good place for this would be a forearm. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and wash the area with a mild soap. Otherwise, the skin has passed the test and you can assume it’s safe to apply Saniderm to the new tattoo. In some cases, sensitivity will appear after an extended period of time. If the bandage becomes too uncomfortable to keep on the skin, remove it and wash the tattoo with a mild cleanser.
Saniderm is water-resistant. You can take a shower with Saniderm but you’ll want to avoid submerging your bandage. Water and heat can loosen the adhesive, which could allow potential contaminants to enter the tattooed area. Whether you’re wearing Saniderm or not, healing tattoos should never be submerged in fluid of any kind – especially lakes, oceans, pools, and tubs.