Tattoo inks shelf life & care after opening

Makkuro Sumi Tattoo Inks

Pigment shelf life may vary due to one or all of the following: product storage, exposure to extreme temperatures, opening, cross contamination, damage, UV Rays, radiation, autoclave, sterility, absence of preservatives or microbial growth inhibitor(s) & product alteration.

I MAX products are Lot & Date Coded for product safety and comply with all E.U. Directives, Guidelines and Regulations.


Direction of Use: Factors to Consider

Use: Professional Use Only.

  • Follow Manufacture Instructions for Use.  “Not for Eye Area Use”
  • Manufacturer recommends color and skin patch test.  If a reaction should occur, discontinue use & seek medical attention.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.  If contact with eyes occurs flush thoroughly with water to cleanse, then immediately seek medical attention.
  • Do Not Re-sterilize or Autoclave pigment.  This could reduce the strength of the pigment.

Directions: Shake Well (Vigorously) before using.  Pour in sterile container before use.

Client Aftercare:

  • Avoid exposure to sunlight as much as possible.  Sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher is recommended.

Unopened containers of pigment typically have a shelf life from 3-5 years from the date of manufacturing if kept in a cool, dry place and not exposed to any extreme temperatures or UV Rays.  Based on product ingredients, the appropriate expiration date is given.  Recommended Storage Temperatures 20-25˚C (68-77˚F); these same storage guidelines are also applicable to opened containers.

Opened containers of pigment have a 12-month shelf life and should be disposed of within this time after opening.  This is due to microbial growth that may develop in the pigment container after opening & eliminate possible cross contamination.

Prolonging Your Pigment Shelf Life after Opening

  • Use the Twist-Top to pour the ink and close it immediately after use. Avoid to pump air inside the bottle. This will reduce contamination to the pigment product.
  • Do Not contaminate pigment product by adding anything into the pigment container.  Alteration of the product could cause it to be contaminated.
  • Do Not Dip Instrument directly into pigment container.
  • Confirm that pigment and all equipment are clean, sterile and free of all obvious signs of contamination before use.  Dispose of all that does not meet with these criteria.
  • Dispose if pigment contents have dried or if the container has been damaged or tampered with.
  • Avoid exposure of pigment to sunlight and extreme heat or cold.  Pigments subjected to extreme conditions should be disposed of.  Store both open & unopened pigment container in a cool, dry place for maximum shelf life.

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