So now that you have your piercing, it is your responsibility to take care of it, however; if you need any help or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.
Do not use any of the following products on your piercing:
Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactine, Iodine, Ointments, Hand Soap, or “friends’ recommendations”.
Care and Cleaning solutions for Body Piercings:
Saline solution or non-iodized sea salt water for soaking
Anti-microbial/germicidal soap (brands such as: Satin, Provon) for cleaning
How to clean your Body Piercing:
First things first – always wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before cleaning or even touching on or around your piercing. Touching your healing piercing without freshly washed hands is the easiest way to cause an infection around the piercing and on the jewelry for about 30 seconds and then rinse it off. Leave the jewelry still. Do not rotate it!
A tight seal between the piercing and the jewelry helps keep the piercing from getting infected. Soak off any “crusties”. Do not pick or peel the skin around your piercing. This whitish/yellowish crust is composed of blood plasma, dead cells and lymph secretions, and picking this off will only irritate the piercing and lengthen the healing process.
If you do notice that the area around the piercing is constantly hot, secretes an unusually large amount of fluid or “puss,” or you notice discoloration (other than a normal redness associated with a new piercing), please contact your piercer for aftercare assistance. Soak in saline or warm non-iodized sea salt twice a day. This will help keep the piercing healthy and speed up the healing process. Use ¼ of a teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt to 8 ounces of hot distilled water and soak or submerge the piercing for 2-3 minutes.
Please note that over-cleaning your piercing will only make the healing time longer and will dry out, burn and irritate your new piercing.
Other Helpful Hints:
Do not play with your piercings. Playing with your piercing can irritate or tear the new hole. Playing with an oral piercing is an easy way to chip your teeth and cause gum damage.
Do not go swimming until the piercing is fully healed. Bacteria and chemicals in the water will most likely irritate or even infect your piercing.
Ibuprofen is a good anti-inflammatory, use as directed. If you are allergic to Ibuprofen, ice chips also help by soothing and keeping swelling down (good for oral piercings).
Keeping your body in good health is one of the best ways to heal a piercing quickly. Taking multi-vitamins, Vitamin-C and Zinc supplements (on a full stomach to avoid nausea) and drinking lots of water will greatly help the health and healing of your piercing and your body as a whole.
Check barbell balls for tightness regularly with clean hands (righty tighty, lefty loosey)
Dermal Anchor: 2-3 months
Webbing in mouth: 6-8 weeks
Nipples: 2-3 months
Septum: 6-8 weeks
Dimple: 6-8 weeks
Any cartilage (nose & upper ear): 2-9 months
Naval: 2-9 months
Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks
Earlobe: 4-6 weeks
Tongue: 4-6 weeks
Any lip piercing (top or bottom): 6-8 weeks
Surface piercing: 2-3 months
Care and cleaning Solutions for Oral Piercings
Toms of Maine
Warm non-iodized seat salt water or saline solution
Crest mouthwash (alcohol free)
How to Clean your Oral Piercing
First, throw out your old toothbrush and get a new one. Your old toothbrush harbors bacteria. When brushing your teeth, gently brush your tongue to remove the dead cells. Every time, directly after you eat or drink (anything besides water), rinse out your mouth – about 5-6 times daily – with one of the above cleaning solutions.
Gargling with warm iodized sea salt water also helps sooth the piercing and speed up the healing process. Avoid spicy foods and foods with citrus, as they will cause your piercing to swell. Also avoid beer and other alcoholic beverages for the first week after your piercing. Smoking will increase the chance of infection and slow the healing time.