Exercising and working out while wearing Saniderm is typically not problematic. However, we still recommend taking a minimum of 7 days off before resuming your exercise routine. Be aware that sweating can weaken the adhesive of Saniderm, which may cause the bandage to come off prematurely. If the bandage peels enough to allow potential contaminants to enter, the risk of infection increases. Common contaminants include sweat, dirt, debris, bacteria, pet dander, and more. That being the case, we advise you to take it easy and keep your activity level to a minimum!
Additionally, because most forms of exercise consist of repetitive movements and high action, the bandage may stretch and pull the skin. When Saniderm is pulled during exercise, the adhesive may loosen, exposing your tattoo to contaminants. It can also cause irritation and inflammation of the skin. To avoid discomfort and achieve optimal healing, it’s best to hold off on exercising until your tattoo is fully healed. The time frame for tattoo healing varies from person to person but you can expect your tattoo to be healed anywhere from 2-6 weeks.
Tattoo Care and Saniderm after Exercising
If you do exercise or workout with Saniderm and experience zero to minimal sweating, you should at least take a shower and rinse off. If you notice any peeling of the bandage whatsoever, remove it. Additionally, if the sweating was excessive and you feel contaminants may have entered, you should remove it. But don’t pull off the bandage anywhere! You want to avoid exposing your new tattoo to environmental toxins. After all, your new tattoo is technically an open wound and should be cared for as such.
The easiest and most convenient way to remove Saniderm is in the shower under running water. After exercising with Saniderm, use soap and water to clean your body and rid any excess sweat or body fluid.
Then find an edge of the bandage and pull the bandage back over itself, in the direction of hair growth. After removal, clean the tattoo with a mild cleanser and allow the tattoo to dry. Apply an additional bandage, if desired. If you’re not going to apply another bandage, begin moisturizing immediately. And remember, throughout the entire tattoo healing process, be sure you are using clean towels, linens, and wearing fresh clothes. Also, avoid tight fitting clothing and instead opt for loose-fitting, cotton material that will permit oxygen to flow freely.
Need more information about tattoo aftercare? Check out our knowledge base for information on Saniderm removal or read through our extensive guide to new tattoo care!