Taking proper care of your new body piercing is essential to ensuring a smooth healing process. After you've experienced the thrill of a new body piercing, you'll need to make sure you perform proper aftercare during the entire healing process. Improper aftercare can lead to irritation, infection and delayed healing.
Let's go over how to clean your new piercing.
You'll need to choose a cleaning solution. We suggest using either an all natural seal salt solution or wound wash. You will also need a mild, fragrance free soap.
Using your choice of mild, fragrance free soap, wash the piercing site and body jewelry in the shower. It's best to soak the area in warm water first, helping any build-up soften. Then use your soap to clean the area and the jewelry. Do not turn, twist or pull your jewelry back and forth. This can pull bacteria into the piercing channel, leading to irritation and possibly infection. Try to clean off your jewelry as best as you can.
Avoid using harsh shampoos, conditioners and body wash products near or around the site. If you get some product on your new piercing, rinse the area well to remove. Fragrances and chemical compounds in hair and body products can easily irritate a new piercing.
After showering, use the saline solution or wound wash to once again cleanse the piercing site. You can do this twice per day. Cleaning more than twice per day can lead to dryness and irritation. Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel.
Check for tightness, ball ends, gems, etc. Make sure your threaded ends are secure and not loose. Right after cleaning is the best time to double check your ends.
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Along with proper cleaning, there are a few things you'll need to avoid while your piercing heals. Over-cleaning, using the wrong aftercare products and submerging your piercing in bodies of water are some of the things to avoid.
Over cleaning your piercing is never a good thing. If you have a habit of over cleaning your new piercing, you may irritate your piercing and delay it's healing. An irritated piercing does not heal well. Cleaning your piercing more than three times a day is not ideal. Stick to cleaning it once or twice per day.
Using improper aftercare products can cause major issues in the healing of your new body piercing. Products like Betadine, Hibiclense, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial and other harsh soaps can damage cells in and around your piercing channel. This can disrupt proper healing and lead to complications. Do not use anything other than saline solution or wound wash to clean your piercing.
Avoid hot tubs, bath tubs, chlorine pools and bodies of water. All kinds of chemicals, germs and bacteria can live and survive in water. It's best to keep your new piercing out of bodies of water until fully healed. Above the chest piercings can be kept out of water if you are wading, just make sure to clean your piercing shortly after. Submerging a new piercing is not suggested and can lead to infection and adverse reactions. If you have to be exposed to water, use a waterproof wound sealant bandage over the site.
*Disclaimer: This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect infection, seek medical attention.
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