PIERCING AFTERCARE GUIDE
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THESE ARE 3 PRODUCTS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT NEED DEPENDING UPON THE PIERCING YOU CHOOSE TO GET. EVERY PIERCING IS UNIQUE DUE TO ITS LOCATION, AND THE MATERIAL BEING PIERCED. THEREFORE EACH HAS IT'S OWN SPECIFIC NEEDS TO KEEP IT HEALING PROPERLY. YOU MAY NEED JUST ONE, OR A COMBINATION OF TWO.
Saline Solution : Packaged sterile saline is suggested for cartilage piercings and other piercings that may take longer than 6-8 weeks to heal. It helps promote healing, much like ocean water helps heal wounds faster. It's strongly suggested that you use a sterile saline labeled for use as a wound wash. Contact lens saline, eye drops, and other saline products should never be used on a body piercing. Your saline ingredients should list .09% sodium chloride as the only ingredient. Mixing your own sea salt solution will commonly result in the product being far too salty and strong, this can over dry the piercing and interfere with healing.
Soap : An anti-bacterial or anti-microbial soap, no fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, allergies, or skin conditions. You might need to use a soap more natural, gentle or specific ( please ask your piercer for advice, recommendations, or any specific questions you might have regarding something you might need to use ).
Mouthwash : Non-Alcohol mouth wash.
GENERAL PIERCING AFTERCARE
WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
SALINE soak for three to five minutes three to five times per day. Using a q-tip, clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution.
Use Soap and Water One to two times a day depending upon the piercing. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan.
RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. 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.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, iodine, or any harsh products, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions, and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long-term wound care.
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. These are available at most drugstores and work best for nipple, navel, and surface piercing placements.
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. • Sleeping directly on a healing cartilage piercing can cause irritation, even causing shifts in the piercing’s angle. Placing a travel pillow, on top of your pillow, and then placing your ear in the opening can be helpful to avoid this