The information contained within this pamphlet is based on my experience as a piercer and current industry standards. We are not doctors and out suggestions whether written or verbally stated or implied are not meant to be taken as medical advice.
Basic Piercing Care
The purpose of cleaning a healing piercing is to remove any dead cells and discharge excreted by your body, as well as any external dirt and bacteria. You are not treating the wound with medicine or making it heal, but rather keeping the area clean while your body is healing itself. All that is required is basic hygiene and common sense with particular attention to the specific area. You will be the best judge as to what works for you. Pay attention to your body. It will tell you if you are doing something wrong. Listen to it.
New piercings should be cleaned about twice daily. Also clean after smoking, eating, swimming, sweating, etc. bear in mind that over-cleaning or using too many products can also irritate your piercing. You would not wash your hands three times in a row with different types of soap so why do it to you piercing? So just follow these simple steps and your healing will go smoothly.
- Will be tender and itchy during healing
- May bleed a little.
- Will secrete a white-yellowish fluid that will crust on the jewelry. (This is lymph tissue and blood plasma not and infection)
- May feel tight.
Taking care of your piercing
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCING! This is the #1 cause of infection.
- DO NOT ROTATE THE JEWELRY!
- Purchase a purified non-iodized sea salt and a gallon of distilled water.
- Mix 4 teaspoons of the purified sea salt with the whole gallon of distilled water. This should be as salty as your tears. (1/4 teaspoon to 8 oz.)
- Soak your piercing with this solution in a cup for about 2-3 minutes, clean with a Q-Tip.
- Repeat step five 2 to 3 times a day.
- For oral piercings (i.e. tongue, labret, cheek). Rinse with solution after eating, drinking, or smoking. You could also use Biotine if you prefer the taste.
What Else Can I DO?
Know that a healthy mind, body, and spirit, can help the healing process
- Many piercees have found that Vitamin C, Multi-Vitamins, and Zinc supplements speed the healing process and promote regeneration of soft tissue.
- Also green tea compresses help relax the skin and alleviate redness
- Navel piercees should avoid wearing belts, tights, tight pants, and restrictive clothing (genital piercees as well)
- Avoid chemical products on all sites including cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, hairsprays, hair dye, etc.
- Baby shampoos are suggested to avoid irritation to facial and ear piercings during initial healing period.
- Male and female genital piercees can use a non-scented panty liner to absorb excess moisture and cushion the piercing during healing.
- Any sexual contact should be gentle and with a latex barrier (dental dam, condoms, finger cots). You should protect the piercing from all body fluids, even in a monogamous relationship.
When Can I Remove or Change the Jewelry?
- For newly acquired body piercing, this should be professionally done by your body piercer
I Think I have an Infection. What Should I Do?
- DO NOT REMOVE YOUR JEWELRY! As this may aggravate the problem by closing off the drainage. Visit your piercer and show him/her the piercing. Also tell him/her the circumstances that may have lead up to this problem throughout the previous days.
Common Problems You Can Avoid.
- Over cleaning or not following the aftercare instructions.
- Friction caused by tight clothing, rough sexual activity, or excessive movement of the area. This could cause dark redness, keloids, grenuloma, excessive discharge, or rejection/migration.
- Stress, poor diet, or illness
- Occasionally, your selected jewelry may not be appropriate