There are several types of piercings that you can get, and each type of piercing may require specific cleaning methods. Here are some common types of piercings and some tips on how to clean them:
Earlobe piercings: Earlobe piercings are one of the most common types of piercings. To clean an earlobe piercing, wash your hands with soap and warm water, then use a saline solution or a mild soap to clean the piercing site twice a day. Avoid twisting or turning the earring, as this can cause irritation and delay the healing process.
Cartilage piercings: Cartilage piercings are typically located on the upper part of the ear. To clean a cartilage piercing, wash your hands with soap and warm water, then use a saline solution or a mild soap to clean the piercing site twice a day. Avoid sleeping on the side of the piercing, as this can cause pressure and delay the healing process.
Nose piercings: Nose piercings can be located on the nostril or the septum. To clean a nose piercing, wash your hands with soap and warm water, then use a saline solution or a mild soap to clean the piercing site twice a day. Be gentle when blowing your nose, as this can cause irritation and delay the healing process.
Tongue piercings: Tongue piercings are located on the tongue. To clean a tongue piercing, rinse your mouth with a saline solution or a mouthwash after eating or drinking, and use a clean, soft toothbrush to gently brush the piercing site twice a day. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol, as this can delay the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
Navel piercings: Navel piercings are located on the belly button. To clean a navel piercing, wash your hands with soap and warm water, then use a saline solution or a mild soap to clean the piercing site twice a day. Avoid wearing tight clothing or belts that can rub against the piercing and cause irritation.
Regardless of the type of piercing you have, it’s important to follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions carefully and avoid touching the piercing with dirty hands. If you experience any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, contact your piercer or a healthcare professional for advice.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW PIERCING
It is imperative for new piercings to have proper aftercare during the healing process. Not doing so can delay the healing time by months or sometimes years, do not take it lightly. Below we have outlined the general things you should do as well as things you should not be when caring for your piercing.
- Reduce piercing pain and swelling: Ice combined with IB Profin will help alleviate pain and swelling- IB Profin should be used as directed on bottle.
- Before caring for your piercing: Always wash your hands before cleaning or handling your new piercing.
- Clean piercing regularly: The piercing should be cleaned 2-4 times a day – We suggest using unscented antibacterial soap, Epson Salt dissolved in warm water, saline solution, or we have several aftercare products available for purchase. (Do NOT use – Neosporin, Vaseline, Alcohol, or Peroxide).
- Check piercing jewelry daily: While cleaning your piercing, you should check that jewelry is secure as well as slightly rotate the piercing. (Only rotate when piercing area is wet, never dry)
- Avoid overly touching the piercing: Never play with your piercing jewelry or touch it with unwashed hands – this can cause irritation or infection.
- Avoid swimming while the piercing is healing: Pools, lakes and, oceans; typically 4-6 weeks
- Changing your piercing jewelry: You should wait at least 2 weeks before your Jewelry is changed out, this should be done by a professional piercer the first time. We are available to change the jewelry for you.