Matéa LeBeau 


hand poked tattoos
in Ithaca, NY





aftercare guide ︎


Tattoo Aftercare <3

Please follow these steps for best healing results :-)

Leave your adhesive bandage on for up to 1 day.

While it’s on, feel free to shower etc – the bandage will keep bacteria and other stuff away while your skin begins to heal.

When it’s time to remove your bandage, take it off under warm running water and peel down and away, slowly (like a command strip) –– some people are sensitive to these adhesives so just be aware of that and be gentle with your skin. Redness is normal.  

Do not cover with a bandage after – your tattoo needs to breathe.


After removing your bandage, cleanse your tattoo with gentle unscented soap and warm water. Gently pat dry and apply a thin layer of Aquaphor.

Cleanse the site and apply Aquaphor as stated above for the first few days. Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor once a day from days 5-7. From days 7-14 you can switch to a gentle unscented skin cream or lotion.

Make sure to avoid over moisturizing, your tattoo still needs to breathe!

  • NEVER use petroleum jelly (vaseline) for aftercare – petroleum jelly can trap moisture and bacteria on your skin which can lead to infection and improper healing :-(

Your tattoo may peel – this is just old skin and some bits of excess ink. It is normal! Your tattoo will be fine once healed. Hand poke tattoos don’t peel much since there is very little trauma being done to the skin :-)

**** DO NOT PICK at excess ink if there is fall out and DO NOT ITCH your tattoo while it is healing!!!!! ****

Showers are fine, but refrain from baths. NO pools, jacuzzis, or ocean bathing for two - four weeks after your tattoo.

Do not drink alcohol for twenty-four hours following the tattoo.

If you notice signs of infection (pus, redness, and swelling) or increased bleeding at the site of the tattoo, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Protect your tattoo from direct sunlight so it can stay bright and fresh for many years. Until it is healed, keep your new tattoo out of direct sun to the best of your ability! Use a sun block with a rating of "40" or stronger only once your tattoo has fully healed B-)

Handpoked tattoo typically heal within 2 weeks but may take up to 4. During this time the tattoo will settle and the ink will spread into the skin.

Please keep in mind that these are done by hand and that your tattoo may differ once fully healed – everyone’s skin is different and results vary from person to person.


****** If you experience ink fall out or want a touch up, please email me with photos of your tattoo at least 2-4 weeks after the tattoo was completed and we will set up an appointment for free!