Suggested General Piercing Aftercare

You need to remember that the healthier you are the faster your piercing(s) will heal.

SUGGESTED CLEANING PRODUCT:

Sterile saline solution (Water + 0.9% Sodium Chloride) = A wound care product without added preservatives/additives.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS:

WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

CLEAN ONCE or TWICE per day: SHOWER (1) + SALINE RINSE (2)

SALINE RINSE: spray the saline solution into a clean disposable gauze, then gently clean around the piecing site. Do not pick the scabs or forcefully remove them.

It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury. You can use a hair dryer putting in COOL setting and blow dry your piercing(s) without touching.

WHAT IS NORMAL?

Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals. DO NOT TURN/ROTATE your jewelry.

Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.

A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.

Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle is, the easier it will be for your piercing(s) to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.

Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.

Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of Ace® bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.

WHAT TO AVOID:

Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiclens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide,c Witch Hazel, Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) and Benzethonium Chloride (BZT). Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.

Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.

Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as Tegaderm™). These are available at most drugstores.

Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

HINTS AND TIPS

There is nothing you can do to make your piercings heal faster, but there are a lot of things you can do to make it heal slower. Let your immune system do its work, rest well, hydrate yourself, avoid stress, etc.

Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing period. See a qualified piercer to perform any jewelry change that becomes necessary during healing.

Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives available.

Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old or well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes—even after having been there for years. If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.”)

Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove of the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it, usually free if the piercing was done at our shop) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small scar will remain.

In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. Do not remove jewelry unless instructed to by a medical professional.

HAPPY HEALING!!! 😀