The Care and Keeping of Piercings

Taking care of piercings can be a pain in the butt because it’s time consuming, boring, and repetitive. But it is necessary to keep your piercings healthy and looking good! Here are most five common steps one would need to follow to keep a healthy piercing!

1. Always wash your hands: It is crucial that you wash your hands before touching your new piercing. Your hands pick up germs by touching so many things throughout the day, you do not want those germs to cause an infection in your piercing.

2. Saline and cotton ball: Use saline to soak the piercing for 5 minutes once or twice per day. Doing this causes the piercing to be clean of all germs.

3. Soap and water: Only soap once a day. If convenient, soap up your piercing while in the shower. Leave the soap on for about thirty seconds.

4. Rinse: Remove all soap from piercing. You do not have to rotate the piercing.

5. Dry: Dry the piercing with disposable paper items such as paper towel. Never use cloth because they could possibly snag the piercing causing irritation from the bacteria on them.

These steps could vary depending on what you had pierced. Always make sure to have your piercer explain the steps of cleaning to you before or after you get it pierced. They know the specifics to cleaning depending on the piercing. 

Something you want to avoid during your cleaning stages are:

-Avoid rubbing alcohol and hydrogen provide they damage the healing process for your piercing.

-Avoid ointments. They do not allow the piercing to get air-circulation. Air-circulation is crucial for the piercing to heal correctly.

-Avoid cleaning to much. This can cause irritation to the piercing.

-Avoid friction from clothing. This could cause ugly and uncomfortable scar tissue to form.

-Avoid rough play, unwashed hands, and contact with other bodily fluids.

-Avoid stress and drug use.

-Avoid pools, lakes, and hot tubs. If you have plans with any of the three things I just named, cover the piercing with a waterproof bandage before.

-Avoid all beauty products around and on the piercing. This can cause irritation and unhealthy healing.

-Avoid hanging charms on piercing until fully healed.

Whenever something is new to someone they don’t know what to expect. Here are the norms of the healing piercing process.

  • At first: some bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness, and soreness or mild pain.
  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, oozing of a whitish- yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. Your skin may tighten around the jewelry as you heal.
  • After healing: the jewelry may not move easily in the piercing; do not force it. If you don’t clean your piercing as a part of your daily bathing, normal but smelly secretions may build up.
  • After healing: the jewelry may not move easily in the piercing; do not force it. If you don’t clean your piercing as a part of your daily bathing, normal but smelly secretions may build up.
  • A piercing may seem just fine before the whole healing process is done. This is because they heal from the outside in. Even if it feels fine, the new skin is weak on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning all the way to the end of entire healing period.
  • If you have had a piercing for years, it can still shrink or close in minutes if you take out your jewelry! This is different from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave the hole empty.

All the information that is shown here is from a safe piercing website. They are a group called Association of Professional Piercers. This site allows you to print out a pamphlet of everything I just stated above. This is an easy and convenient way to maintain healthy piercings.

Happy Piercing!

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