fbpx

Caring for Your Piercings: A Guide to Cleanliness and Healing

Piercings Near Me

Piercings are not just a fashion statement; they’re a form of self-expression. Whether you’re a piercing enthusiast or considering getting your first one, proper aftercare is crucial for a safe and smooth healing process. Each type of piercing requires specific cleaning methods to ensure optimal healing and prevent complications. Let’s explore some common piercings and the best practices for keeping them clean:

Earlobe Piercings

Type: Earlobe piercings are among the most popular and versatile.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water.
  • Clean the piercing site twice a day with a saline solution or mild soap.
  • Avoid twisting or turning the earring to prevent irritation and aid the healing process.

Cartilage Piercings

Type: Typically located on the upper part of the ear.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water.
  • Clean the piercing site twice a day with a saline solution or mild soap.
  • Avoid sleeping on the side of the piercing to prevent pressure and speed up healing.

Nose Piercings

Type: Nostril or septum piercings.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water.
  • Clean the piercing site twice a day with a saline solution or mild soap.
  • Be gentle when blowing your nose to prevent irritation and aid the healing process.

Tongue Piercings

Type: Located on the tongue.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Rinse mouth with a saline solution or mouthwash after eating or drinking.
  • Gently brush the piercing site with a clean, soft toothbrush twice a day.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol to prevent complications and speed up healing.

Navel Piercings

Type: Located on the belly button.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water.
  • Clean the piercing site twice a day with a saline solution or mild soap.
  • Avoid tight clothing or belts that can rub against the piercing and cause irritation.

General Tips for All Piercings:

  • Follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions carefully.
  • Avoid touching the piercing with dirty hands.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge.
  • If you notice any signs of infection, contact your piercer or a healthcare professional for advice.

Remember, proper aftercare is the key to a successful piercing experience. By following these cleaning tips and respecting the healing process, you’ll not only flaunt your stylish piercings but also ensure their longevity and your well-being. If in doubt, always consult with your piercer or a healthcare professional for personalized 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.