Piercing Aftercare 101

It is important to use proper care with your new piercing so you can heal as quick as possible. Please follow these aftercare tips:

 

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We suggest using a packaged sterile saline solution to clean your piercing – we carry NeilMed in our shops and is also available online

Wash your hands – Before handling any piercing you need to thoroughly wash your hands

Rinse with saline – Rinse as needed during healing. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply the saline using clean gauze saturated with saline solution

Dry your piercing – You can simply air dry your piercing after rinsing or gently patting with a clean, disposable paper product. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria or snag your jewelry, causing injury

 

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Initially some bleeding, localized swelling or bruising may occur. During the healing process you may experience some discoloration, itching, or secretion of whitish yellow fluid that will form crust on the jewelry

A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in and may seem fine on the outside, but the interior remains fragile. Be patient and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing process.

When your piercing heals the jewelry might not move freely in your piercing, please do not force it. Healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes – even if you’ve had it for years, so keep your jewelry in if you want to keep your piercing!

 

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- Do not touch your piercings during the healing process 

- Avoid moving the jewelry in your unhealed piercing, or pushing away dried discharge with your fingers

- Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing triclosan, as these can damage cells 

- Avoid ointments, they prevent necessary air circulation

- Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care

- Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing

- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing

- Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage

- Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

 

 

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- Contact our shop if there are any issues with your piercing or if the jewelry needs to be removed (such as for a medical procedure) There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives available 

- Keep your jewelry in place for the entire healing process, unless there is a problem with the size or material of the original jewelry

- Always sleep with a clean pillow while your piercing is healing. You can use the t-shirt trick: Dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly. Once clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for cleaning

- Clean your phone, headphones, glasses, helmets, hats or anything that may contact the pierced area

- When styling your hair use caution and avoid harsh product that may harm the pierced area. Give your hair stylist a heads up if you have a new or healing piercing so they can be cautious of it during your appointment 

- Leave your jewelry in at all times! Well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes. If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible 

 

 

If you have any questions please contact our studios! 

 

Seattle | University District
206.633.2639
Alderwood | Lynnwood
425.774.7668
Bellevue | Bellevue Way
425.453.5244

 

 

 

Information source - APP Suggested Aftercare for Body Piercing