EAR PIERCING AFTERCARE

WHAT TO DO :
WASH your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. It is not necessary to rotate your jewelry while cleaning.

APPLY SALINE using a pressurized can or using clean gauze or paper towel saturated with saline solution 2x daily, or whenever is necessary.

RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the saline solution or soap from the piercing.

DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.
TO STAY HEALTHY : The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body
MAKE SURE YOUR BEDDING IS WASHED AND CHANGED REGULARLY. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.


WHAT TO AVOID : 
Avoid cleaning with Betadine, Hibiclens, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
Avoid Bactine, pierced ear care solutions, and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.
Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your fresh piercing.
Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
Avoid oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof, wound-sealant bandage such as 3M Nexcare Clean Seals. These are available at most drugstores.
Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, sprays, etc.
Don't hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

CLEANING SOLUTIONS 

Use one of the following solutions for healing piercings :
 

  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives

  • A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap - preferably anti-microbial or germicidal

BODY PIERCING AFTERCARE

 

WHAT TO DO :
WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning touching your piercing for any reason.
APPLY SALINE using a pressurized can or using clean gauze or paper towel saturated with saline solution 
2x daily, or whenever is necessary.
SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than 30 seconds.
RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the saline solution or soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.


WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially : some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
During healing : some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
Once healed : the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercings as a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and continue cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in it - do not leave it empty.

CLEANING SOLUTIONS

Use one of the following solutions for healing piercings :
 

  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives

  • A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap - preferably anti-microbial or germicidal

ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE

WHAT TO DO :
TO HELP REDUCE SWELLING : Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth. Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to package instructions. Don’t speak or move your jewelry more than necessary. Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.
TO MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE : Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes. Brush your teeth and use your chosen rinse (saline or mouthwash) after every meal. During healing, floss daily, and gently brush your teeth, tongue, and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.
TO STAY HEALTHY : The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Avoid emotional stress, which can increase healing time by up to 40%. To help healing and bolster your ability to fight infection, take nutritional supplements daily, including iron, B vitamins, 1,000-5,000 mg of vitamin C decided into a few equal doses throughout the day, and 30 mg of zinc for women, 50 mg for men.

WHAT IS NORMAL?
FOR THE FIRST 3-5 DAYS significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness.
AFTER THAT : some swelling, light secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus).
A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and continue cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in it - do not leave it empty.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSIDE THE MOUTH

Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXTERIOR OF LABRET (CHEEK AND LIP) PIERCINGS

WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning touching your piercing for any reason.
APPLY SALINE using a pressurized can or using clean gauze or paper towel saturated with saline solution 2x daily, or whenever is necessary.
SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than 30 seconds.
RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the saline solution or soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while cleaning.
DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.