Piercing After Care

Cleaning Instructions for Body Piercings

  • WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • It is recommended that after your daily shower you use the saline solution, as the shower has removed most of the crusties and has opened the pores.
  • SALINE/SEA SALT SOLUTION only twice daily for five to ten minutes, each time, for the entire healing duration.  For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean paper towel saturated with saline/sea salt solution. SOAK and PAT DRY with a paper towel.
  • Depending on your piercing, changing your bed sheets, pillow cases and wearing clean clothes is recommended.  We do not recommend mixing your own solution.

 

Cleaning Instructions for Oral Piercings

  • WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason. Regularly tighten all beads on your oral piercing.
  • SALINE/SEA SALT soaks for thirty to sixty seconds after anything goes in your mouth, aside from water. Including but not limited to, food, drinks, smokes, fingers, pens, etc. Non-alcoholic mouth wash is recommended in-between the saline cleanings. It is recommended that you only clean your oral piercing 3-4 times daily.
  • ICE COLD WATER will help with the initial swelling, as well as Advil or any other type of Ibuprofen.
  • SPICY, SALTY, ACIDIC food and dairy products are not recommended until you are fully healed.
  • Drinking plenty of water will also aid in the healing process.
  • If you are a smoker it is highly recommended that you either quit smoking or cut back on smoking during the healing process.
  • Use a new tooth brush to further prevent infection in your oral piercing.

 

What to Do

  • Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing 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. Or protect your piercing using waterproof wound sealant bandages (such as 3M Nexcare clean seals).
  • Please come in the shop if you feel like anything is wrong with your piercing. Although rare, piercings can get infected. Please seek medical attention and then come visit our piercers. Never remove the jewelry if your piercing is infected as this can trap the infection under the skin.

 

What  to Avoid

  • During healing; it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry, do not play with the jewelry or pick at the crusties with your fingers.
  • Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Also, avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation and collect bacteria.
  • 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 submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.
  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
  • DO NOT change your piercing before the recommended time. It can lead to swelling, infections and loss of the piercing. We recommend you come in and we can show you how to properly change the piercing when it is time.

 

***provided these guidelines are followed, you will have a great looking piercing for a lifetime to come. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call or stop by the studio. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Remember, there are no stupid questions. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask***