Piercing Aftercare

General Piercing Aftercare – What You May Need:

Sea Salt
Mild Anti-Bacterial or Antimicrobial Liquid Soap/Wash (Like Provon or Satin)
Cotton Balls
Cotton-tipped Swabs
Small disposable cups (2-4 ounces)

Cleaning Your Piercing:

  1. First, wash your hands thoroughly. Never touch your piercing or jewellery with dirty hands.

  2. Saturate a cotton ball with warm water, and gently wipe away any “crusties” that have gathered around the piercing site. Throw the cotton ball away.

  3. Apply a generous amount of liquid soap to your fingertip, and apply to the piercing site and jewellery. Make sure you get the soap everywhere, but rotating the jewellery is not necessary as long as you work the soap around the piercing and jewellery completely.

  4. Rinse the piercing and jewellery several times with warm water, ensuring that all soap has been removed.

  5. Dry your piercing with a clean paper towel and then dispose of it.

Cleaning Tips

Although it’s a very antiquated method, some piercers will still tell you to rotate your jewellery. This is not wrong per say, but I have found that it causes more problems than it solves. Any crusties or bacteria still on the jewellery are then introduced inside the raw piercing when the jewellery is rotated. This can cause irritation or even infection. It’s best to just clean the piercing and jewellery thoroughly without actually moving it.

Acceptable Healing Aids and Products

Tea Tree Oil – This soothing liquid cools and refreshes an irritated piercing. Use only high quality tea tree oil that has been diluted with distilled water.

Emu Oil – A universal healing product that has been discovered to also produce exceptional results when healing a piercing.
H2Ocean – Although some would call it “glorified saline solution,” most do report excellent healing results with this product.

Saline Solution – Less expensive and more readily available than most other products, saline solution is very effective in soothing and healing a new piercing. It’s also an acceptable substitute for sea salt soaks.

Do NOT Use:

Hydrogen Peroxide – Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, but it also kills the white blood cells attempting to heal your piercing. It can cause irritation and lengthen overall healing time.

Rubbing Alcohol – Alcohol will dry the skin and irritate the raw piercing, which could actually lead to infection.

Glyoxide – This is a product that contains hydrogen peroxide and hinders healing rather than aiding it.

Ear Care Solution – Solutions that are provided by jewellery boutiques and department store piercers usually contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and other harmful chemicals that only aggravate a new piercing.

Ointments – Antibacterial ointments or similar products only clog pores and/or kill good cells trying to heal the piercing.

Ear Care Solution – Solutions that are provided by jewellery boutiques and department store piercers usually contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and other harmful chemicals that only aggravate a new piercing.

Ointments – Antibacterial ointments or similar products only clog pores and/or kill good cells trying to heal the piercing.

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