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Congratulations. You’ve just received a body piercing by a trained professional who cleaned and disinfected the area pierced and used sterile needles, piercing instruments, and jewellery. Now it is up to you to take appropriate care of your piercing.


PRODUCTS YOU CAN USE:

Non-iodized sea salt: Available at any health food store. Also most grocery stores and pharmacies have it too. Don’t use table salt and don’t use Epson salt. Mix with hot water to soak your piercing.

Saline Solution: For use in addition to sea salt solution but not always necessary. The easiest and most accurate way to acquire saline is in the form of SALINE SOLUTION FOR CONTACT LENSES. Preferably, the sterile type in a pressurized can. Do not use contact cleaning solutions or soaking/wetting solutions. Saline Solution is good as a substitute for when you don’t have time to mix sea salt solution or if you are travelling and need something you can carry with you.

Pick up some Q-tips and cotton balls, especially when you have a piercing (such as a nostril) where getting at the inside may be difficult.


BEST CLEANING METHOD:

Always wash your hands before touching your piercing.

Mix ¼ teaspoon sea salt with 8-oz warm water. Arrange this solution so that you soak the piercing. For instance, put a cup over your navel or nipple and lie back, use cotton balls, gauze, or q-tips for hard to get at piercings. Leave the hot salt-water solution there until it is cold, and then gently clean any lymph (crusties) away from the piercing. Do this once or twice a day until your piercing is healed. It is always ok to gently rinse the outside of a piercing with sea salt solution and a cotton ball. Do this when activity may cause the ring to turn (exercise, etc.) or when it feels “sticky” or uncomfortable. DO NOT move the jewelery back and forth through the piercing - it does more harm than good.


SPECIAL CARE FOR ORAL PIERCINGS:

Lips, labrets, and tongues require special care. Care for the external part of lip and monroe piercings in the fashion recommended previously. What to do: Rinse your mouth with sea salt solution (1/4 tsp. Per 8 oz. water) after you eat or drink anything for the first 2-3 weeks; no more than 10-12 times per day. Mix it in a water bottle so that you can carry it with you and make fresh solution every day. For tongue piercings, gently suck on ice to keep the swelling and soreness down for the first few days. If your piercing is sore and swollen, some Advil (ibuprofen) of Aleve may help- please only use over the counter drugs according to their instructions and with the approval of your physician. Eat slowly, and think about chewing. Be careful not to bite down on the jewellery as it is long at first and can get it in the way. Stick to non-irritating foods (avoid hot and spicy food and hot drinks which will scald or increase swelling). NO KISSING OR SEXUAL CONTACT until it is completely healed. Gently brush your tongue when you brush your teeth - it will help remove mucous and dead skin. Lip, labret, munroe: If your piercing was done with a stud, check the ball frequently for tightness.

SPECIAL CARE FOR NAVEL PIERCINGS:

Physical irritation (usually caused by pants rubbing against the jewellery) is the most common navel piercing problem. You must wear your pant and skirt lines below your navel or it may never heal.

SPECIAL CARE FOR NIPPLE PIERCINGS:

Many women report that wearing a bra after helps with soreness, especially for the first few days. Larger-breasted women may be more likely to find this true. Wearing a sports bra to bed may also help - However, allow the piercing to breathe whenever possible.

SPECIAL CARE FOR NOSE PIERCINGS:

Most swelling and redness occurs on the inside of the nose and is therefor not as noticeable. For this reason, it is very important to not change a nose piercing until it is fully healed, not just when it APPEARS fully healed. If you were pierced with a stud, be very careful. If the jewellery comes out it can be difficult to get back in again. If it happens to you, put one finger on the inside of your nose. Use pressure against the inside of the piercing to help guide the jewellery back in and to make the piercing area as small as possible to ease insertion. If you can’t get it back in, it is very important to put something in to hold the piercing hole open such as a straight earring stud. A fresh nose piercing starts to shrink closed very quickly and can grow in within a couple of hours in some cases.

SPECIAL CARE FOR MICRO-DERMALS:

During your daily shower, gently clean and lather the area with a perfume free antibacterial liquid soap. Rinse the area with clean water, gently stretching your skin around the area with your clean fingertips so as to get all of the soap lather out. A 5-10 min soak in a solution made of ¼ teaspoon non- iodized sea salt to 1 cup water will also do the trick. The salt solution will need to be rinsed off after the soak. Pat the area dry with a clean tissue, not your towel. Allow the area to air-dry for a few minutes before placing a small round bandage over the area. You should keep a band-aid on the piercing for the first week to avoid snagging it while at work, during any physical activity and while sleeping. It also helps the micro to stay as deep as possible by not allowing gravity to pull it downward during the healing time. Change the bandage daily and use non-latex small round bandages. Follow the aftercare for 2 months or until the piercing is well healed. The general healing time varies between 2-6 months. It is important to keep makeup and perfumes away from your new piercing. Avoid touching your piercing for any reason. If snagging or irritation occurs clean it well and place a bandaged over the area to avoid further damage.


MISCELLANEOUS TIPS:

We don’t know how long it will take your piercing to heal - in a short time you will be the best judge of that. Expect new piercings to be sore and red for about a month- if there isn’t a marked improvement after that time, contact your piercer to help you determine a route to speed healing. Continue to clean your piercing once a day for as long as you have it. Avoid playing with new piercings, as physical irritation is the worst. Leave them alone to heal. If you need to touch your piercing to tighten the balls or change the jewellery, make sure that you wash your hands first. When clothing is to be in contact, or over the piercing, stay with clean, loose, breathable (cotton) clothes.

Swimming: Chlorine sucks. It is tremendously drying and irritating on new piercings and should be avoided if possible. If you cannot avoid swimming, then do your best to clean the piercing and rinse and saline whenever you swim. Avoid hot tubs and lakes until the piercing is healed. Oceans are a topic of debate - but a couple of things are for certain: Sewage is frequently dumped into these water systems, and swimming in sewage is a bad idea. Tropical waters can carry staph infections. On the other hand, some people report that swimming in the ocean helped with healing. Learn to identify the condition of your piercing and keep it out of irritating situations.

“Infected Piercings”: More often than not, people who think they have an infection actually have an irritation and adjusting the method of care will fix the problem. You can recognize a true infection by its relatively sudden inflammation, extreme tenderness and redness, and accompanying discharge of puss and/or blood. If you suspect that you have an infection, contact your body piercer or your doctor at once. Do not wait for it to get worse, and do not attempt any “home remedies”.

Warning: Chemicals will not make you heal faster! Chemicals of any kind will upset the balance within your newly forming cells and create a condition in which your piercing will heal tremendously slowly (if ever). Therefore: DO NOT use ANY product marked “For External Use Only”: That includes Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactine, and Ear Care Solutions (benzalkonium / benzethonium chloride), Antibacterial soaps (liquid Dial, Softsoap, etc.), Neosporin (or any petroleum-based ointment), Betadine (povidone iodine), or Hibiclens.

“Expert” Advice: Don’t listen to your friend, your mom, or your psychic advisor. We have been doing this far longer than they have.


Need help or advice?

We want you to have a good experience with us. If you have ANY problems or questions contact us by phone, or stop in to one of the stores. If you need your jewellery changed or put back in if it fell out, we are able to do that for a small service fee.