To ensure that your new piercings heal correctly, it is important that you keep them, and your jewelry, clean after your procedure at Deep Roots.
While our expert piercers can offer their recommendations for keeping your piercings clean, it is ultimately up to you to follow through with their advice. As certified members of the Association of Professional Piercers, their advice will likely mirror that of the international non-profit organization’s as they’re dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public.
So how do you clean your piercing?
First, you’ll need to gather a few supplies:
- A packaged sterile saline solution with no additives, (like this one from NeilMed). Or, if you don’t have any sterile saline solution handy, the APP recommends a sea salt solution mixture as a viable alternative. To make it, dissolve 1∕8 to 1⁄4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine free), fine-grain sea salt into one cup (8 oz. / 250ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better as a salt solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
- Clean gauze or paper towels. For certain piercings, using gauze or paper towels that have been saturated with sterile saline solution may be an easier way to clean it. Paper towels are also used for drying the area after cleaning. You’ll want to avoid cloth materials just in case they get caught in your new jewelry.
With your supplies in hand, cleaning your piercings is relatively easy!
To clean your new piercing:
- Wash your hands. This is generally recommended before cleaning or touching your piercing at any time as it helps prevent infection.
- Rinse off the area with warm, clean water. Please note, you do not have to rotate your jewelry through the piercing as you are cleaning or rinsing it. Doing so could cause added irritation in the area.
- Apply the saline rinse. Just a quick spray from the sterile saline will do the trick. Do not use soap to clean the area. Do not use a Q-tip, as microfibers can irritate the piercing.
- Dry the area. Using clean disposable paper towels, gently pat the area dry. Again, avoid using cloth so it doesn’t get snagged in your amazing new jewelry. Cloth can also carry bacteria, so it’s best not to use it.
In addition to keeping your piercing and jewelry clean, there are a few other general tips to keep in mind during the aftercare process:
- Unless there is an issue with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in the place for the entire healing period.
- Wear clean, comfortable, and breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
- Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing triclosan, as these can damage cells.
- Avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation. That’s needed as your piercing heals.
- Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) as they can cause irritation and are not intended for long term wound care.
- Avoid going into pools, lakes, hot tubs, or other unclean bodies of water.
For more aftercare tips, don’t hesitate to contact our licensed and trained piercers at Deep Roots today!