What has been your involvement with F1030?
I joined Flen Health and have been involved in the wound healing industry for 14 years. Philippe Sollie, the CEO of the business, has built a portfolio of products used throughout the world in wound care and dermatology – his first resulted from a family member who got a burn at a BBQ. We discussed the tattoo market and how Bepanthen was widely used with no defined application for use in this market.
Why does the tattoo industry need F1030 at this particular time?
The aftercare market is very saturated. There are lots of cosmetic products out there with various ingredients and claims. As a tattooed person myself, I was confused as to which was the right product to protect my investment.
I then started talking to various tattoo artists who also expressed that their customers did not always follow the right advice and they had to touch-up work where the aftercare procedure had not been followed. Artists also talked to me (as a healthcare company representative) how it would be great to have a product that had the regulatory aspects, that had been supported by education.
The tattoo industry is still growing – we have worked with medicals, tattooists and laser removal clinicians to develop this. Flen Health wants to support artists and consumers with a defined message to heal your tattoo and give the best long-term result for your tattoo.
Let’s talk about other creams. Why is F1030 any different?
I don’t want to be critical of other products. I’d rather state clearly why we developed F1030…
As well as having numerous tattoos over the years, I’ve been involved with healthcare professionals and acute and chronic wound care for 14 years. I have developed an understanding of how and why wounds heal and, more importantly, why they don’t.
The principles of good tattoo aftercare apply in that the newly tattooed skin must be protected, moisturised and soothed. That is the legacy that has led to the development of F1030.
Tell us about the experience of using the F1030 on your own tattoos, in the testing period.
We have put together a case series in the form of evaluations from customers around the country who used the product pre-launch. I myself am tattooed heavily and had 4 tattoos to trial the product.
Depending on the tattoo size and area, on average it would take 10-14 days to fully heal. F1030, I found created a protective barrier – it was so easy to apply compared to other products I had used. It was non-sticky or greasy but had the right amount of emollient to keep the skin moist.
We have also added a standard sun protection of SPF 25 which I feel is great to have built into that product, better than adding protection products over the top.
What sort of things can people expect to learn if they come to meet you guys at conventions?
That tattoos are wounds and healthcare professionals advocate standard wound healing principles that should be adopted by anyone having a new tattoo. This is why our booklets at the conventions and online are there to explain the importance of a good tattoo aftercare with protection, moisturising and soothing of newly tattooed skin. We have live seminars too and Q&As you can get involved with.
Anything else about the product you want to share?
F1030 is a medical device. The manufacture, clinical development and marketing of F1030 is controlled and safety, effectiveness and quality are guaranteed. We would like consumers to go away from having their tattoo and be safe in the knowledge that their work will be protected and remain vibrant by using a medically-approved product that takes their tattoo through the healing process.
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