Aftercare


Want to know how to look after your piercing and keep it looking tip top? Check out our informative aftercare guide, a must read for piercing fans!
Above: Tea Tree Oil Plant

All About Aftercare: Helpful Hints & Tips

When it comes to piercing aftercare, itís 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 piercings can and will heal very differently from person to person and even piercing to piercing so never assume that because you had one experience that all of your subsequent piercings will behave in the same way. 

With this in mind, we have compiled a range of aftercare tips for a range of piercings and the relevant best care practices. 

Regardless of what piercing you've got, it's important to bear these three points in mind:
  • NEVER twist or rotate your body jewellery, (Particularly in the case of cartilage piercings) as this will irritate the piercing site and extend the healing period.
  • NEVER touch your piercing unless you've washed your hands and spend as little time as possible (Outside of your cleansing regime) touching it. 
  • NEVER use soap or any alcohol based cleansing products on your piercing, as they are designed to eradicate bacteria. Such harsh cleansers will consequently remove '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.
Immediately following any form of body piercing, you may experience some swelling, bleeding or weeping. This is a normal part of the body's healing process, though if you feel you're suffering from an abnormal reaction to the piercing, please seek medical attention urgently. 

General Piercing Care

This guide is suitable for anyone with the following piercings:
  • Ear (Lobe or any form of cartilage piercing)
  • Nose (Nostril, septum or bridge)
  • Surface (Navel, eyebrow, skin diver, microdermal etc)
To keep your piercing looking and feeling tip-top, we recommend following this procedure:
  1. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water before touching your piercing. 
  2. Next, using a solution of rock salt and pre-boiled, slightly cooled water (1 part salt to 4 parts water), clean your piercing. This can be done by either fully submerging the piercing fully (A great tip is to use a shot glass or a small bowl) or by applying the solution liberally to the piercing and the surrounding areas with a cotton bud or pad. 
  3. If you notice any fluid or crust, ensure you remove it gently, using the solution and cotton buds or pads. If there is any kind of stubborn build-up then you may need to repeat the cleansing process until you've removed all the build up. 
  4. Gently pat the area dry with a non-fibrous paper towel (Never use toilet paper or cosmetic tissues, as they can leave material residue behind). 
  5. Finally, check that your jewellery is secure (Ensure threaded balls or screw on balls are on correctly) and wash your hands again.  
Do this twice a day for the advised healing time of your piercing. 

In addition to keeping your piercing clean, it's essential to monitor its overall 'health'. If you notice any lumps, bumps or issues with migration, it's important to seek advice from a qualified piercer, who will be able to recommend a course of action to treat the issue. If you experience abnormal bleeding, weeping or pain, you should seek medical attention immediately. 

Oral Piercing Care

This guide is recommended for anyone with the following piercings:
  • Lip (Labret, bites, Monroe etc)
  • Tongue
  • Oral (Smiley, frowny etc)
To keep your piercing healthy and clean, we advise following this procedure:
  1. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water before touching your piercing. 
  2. Using a solution of rock salt and pre-boiled, slightly cooled water (1 part salt to 4 parts water), clean your piercing by swishing the solution around your mouth for 15-30 seconds. Spit out the solution once you're done. 
  3. Finally, check that your jewellery is secure (Ensure threaded balls or screw on balls are on correctly) and wash your hands again. 
Do this 2-3 times a day for the advised healing time of your piercing. It's also recommended to rinse your mouth after eating with an alcohol free mouthwash. 

For lip and cheek piercings, it's important to clean the 'front' of the piercing twice a day (Following the 'General Piercing Care' guide) to maintain high standards of hygiene. In addition to keeping your piercing clean, it's essential to monitor its overall 'health'. If you notice any lumps, bumps or issues with migration, it's important to seek advice from a qualified piercer, who will be able to recommend a course of action to treat the issue. If you experience abnormal bleeding, weeping or pain, you should seek medical attention immediately. 

It's essential to keep a close eye on your general dental health when you have an oral piercing. Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis (Every 3 months), keep regular dental appointments and regularly floss your teeth to keep your mouth in tip top shape.  

Visit your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
  • Red, sore or shrinking gums
  • Enamel erosion
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Plaque build up 
  • A coating on the tongue

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UKís largest piercing chains. Please note that each individualís experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.

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