When it comes to piercing aftercare, it’s important to remember that there are many different varieties of piercings and that they will all have their own way of healing. You must also consider that a piercing can heal very differently from person to person and even piercing to piercing so never assume that because you had one experience that all your subsequent piercings will be the same story. We have compiled a range of aftercare tips for a range of piercings including body, facial and oral and the different ways that you can make the healing process as simple as possible. First of all though we’d like to outline a few basic WHAT NOT TO DO’s
- DON’T twist or rotate your body jewellery, particularly in the case of cartilage, this will just extend the healing period.
- DON’T touch your piercing unless you’ve washed your hands and spend as little time as possible outside of your cleansing regiment touching it at all.
- DON’T use soap or any alcohol based cleansing products, they will wipe out the "good” bacteria that your body produces to help your piercing to heal and will extend the healing period as well as putting your skin under undue stress.
General Piercing Care
- Wash your hands before touching your piercing and use a solution of rock salt and pre boiled water. You should then submerge the piercing fully if this is possible (a great tip is to use a shot glass or a small bowl) or apply the solution liberally to the piercing and the surrounding area with a cotton bud.
- If you notice any fluid or crust, make sure you remove it gently with the solution. If there is a build-up then be patient and continue applying the saline solution until removed.
- Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Do this two to three times a day.
- In the case of a lip piercing, you must take into account the external and internal elements of the piercing with regards to aftercare and deal with each individually. Wash the external piercing as you would with a general piercing and then rinse out your mouth with an alcohol free mouthwash or salt water soak.
- Don’t eat overly spicy foods or alcohol immediately after an oral piercing as this is likely to irritate it.
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