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What To Do If You Get An Air Bubble Under Saniderm

You notice an air bubble under your freshly applied Saniderm bandage — now what should you do? While an air bubble under Saniderm is not necessarily “bad,” it will likely cause problems with adhesion further on down the line. If you find yourself in this predicament, we recommend these two options:

  • A:  Simply make a small cut, let the air bubble out, and apply an additional small piece of Saniderm over the newly exposed area. This is the option we generally recommend, just because it’s fast and easy. Be cautious when making the incision, however, as you don’t want to harm the tattoo below. Don’t apply too much pressure and try to make the smallest slit possible—just enough to release the air trapped inside.
  • B: Or, perhaps you don’t have any more Saniderm on hand. If this is the case, gently attempt to push the air bubble out by hand. Take caution during this process — go slowly and be attentive.

It is important that you keep your tattoo completely sealed. If you poke a hole in the air bubble, it is vital that you apply an additional piece of Saniderm over the top. Leaving this hole exposed puts you at risk of infection as bacteria can enter the film through the open hole. In addition to bacteria, showering with an exposed hole in your Saniderm will allow water to collect inside the film and loosen the adhesive.

Have additional questions about Saniderm? Read more about how Saniderm workswhere Saniderm came from, and why Saniderm is better than its alternatives in Saniderm’s tattoo knowledge base!

Updated on January 16, 2023
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  1. I didn’t put ointment on B4 applying the new bandage, do I have or will I have any problem taking off the bandage after 5 days
    Thank you

    1. Thanks for reaching out

      It is optional to apply ointment before the new bandage. The ointment can help keep the weeping down to a minimum.

      Thank you,
      Saniderm Support

  2. Is it okay to have small air bubbles during the 2nd application of the saniderm?

    1. Hey Jose,

      Yep, it’s totally fine to have air bubbles during a Saniderm application. These don’t cause any problems with healing. Sometimes fluid pools will build up in those areas though, and you don’t want to leave those sitting for more than 24-48 hours before changing or removing your bandage.

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