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The trend of DIY piercing has been popular among younger groups within the population but it is thoroughly discouraged by both piercing and health professionals.  People love this process because, in essence, all you need is a strong needle and a steel nerve.  While this is essentially true, it is a dangerous process that should only be done by professionals.  Some people get away with it but there are those that jump right into at-home piercing without the right knowledge, without having done the research and without the right tools. This can result in holes that get infected and close up, or worse. If you insist on doing DIY piercing, there are some important things to keep in mind.

The DIY piercing process requires you to use the right needle.  Some people will just grab the nearest safety pin to do some piercing with. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons. First of all, a safety pin isn't designed to pierce the skin, it's simply not sharp enough. If you try to pierce the skin with any kind of needle not designed for piercing, you risk tearing the skin in the wrong way, leaving it open to infection or even mutilation. Secondly, safety pins are as likely to pierce the skin as they are to break off halfway through.  So if you are intent on DIY piercing, make sure you have a suitable needle.

Any DIY piercing equipment should be thoroughly sterilised before use.  Sterilising the needles, the skin and your jewellery is very important - remember this is done by professional piercers. When you're first putting in a piercing, you should only use titanium for the stud or ring you want to put in. Jewellery needs to be sterilized before use, this should be done in a hospital style autoclave, if you donít have one  you should go to a professional piercer who does..  Remember, you're not just avoiding infection because it's the smart thing to do, you're also avoiding infection because a hole that becomes infected is really best left to simply close up in order for it to heal properly.

Despite all of this, DIY piercing is dangerous and unpleasant.  Professional piercers have the training, the equipment and the knowledge of how to pierce in such a way that they can do it safely and minimise the pain involved in the procedure.  Attempting to pierce yourself can lead to torn skin, injury and infection, not to mention that it can be nearly impossible to pierce oneself accurately even with the right knowledge. You are always better off going to a professional than doing DIY piercing at home.

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