You’ve just received a body piercing by a skilled and knowledgeable professional, who cleaned and disinfected the area pierced, used sterile instruments along with high quality, industry approved, jewelry and single use needles.
Now it is up to you to take proper care of your piercing during the crucial healing period. How your piercing heals is up to you and your body.
- H2Ocean Piercing Sea Salt Spray
- Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap/baby mild scent
Always wash your hands before cleaning your piercing.
Once a day, near the end of your shower, wash the piercing with Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap Baby Mild (never antibacterial or triclosan soaps). Clean both sides of piercing and the jewelry. This helps remove any dried secretions as well as any bacteria that may be on or near the piercing. Be sure to rinse all soap from the piercing afterwards.
Additionally, it is important to use the H2Ocean Piercing Sea Salt Spray 3-4 times daily (no more). If the piercing has no dried secretion, it is best to spray both sides of piercing and be done. However, if there is dried secretion that needs to be removed, first, saturate the piercing to help soften it. Then, saturate a Q-Tip with the piercing spray and gently remove it. It is not necessary to ever rotate the jewelry.
What to expect during healing
Some redness/tenderness near the piercing is common.
Some bleeding/swelling/bruising may also occur in the beginning.
A clear or whiteish-yellowish colored secretion coming from the piercing. This does not mean your piercing is infected.
Do protect the piercing from germs on anything that comes in contact with it. (e.g. cellphones, headphones, masks etc.)
Do protect the piercing from coming in contact with pet hair and pet dander.
Do live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, take vitamins, exercise, try not to stress. A healthy immune system helps the body to heal more rapidly with fewer complications.
Do sleep on clean sheets/pillowcases.
Do continue following the aftercare guidelines during the entire healing process.
Do wear a clean face mask evervdav with facial and ear piercings. For piercings that exit to the back of your ear, it is best to not wear a mask with ear straps. If you do, use a mask extender to pull the strap off the ears.
Don’t use alcohol, peroxide, Bactine, contact lens solution, iodine, ear piercing solution, Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) or antibacterial soap on the piercing.
Don’t touch the piercing during healing unless you are cleaning it in the shower with freshly washed hands only.
Don’t rotate the jewelry during healing.
Don’t wear tight clothing over the piercing.
Don’t change the jewelry during the healing, unless recommended by your piercer.
Don’t submerge the healing piercing in bodies of water that could potentially contain harsh chemicals or bacteria.
Avoid lakes, rivers, pools, hot tubs, etc.
You may use a water proof bandage with no cotton pad such as Tegaderm before entering bodies of water to protect it.
Don’t allow oral contact with the piercing.
Don’t put makeup, lotions, perfume or cosmetic cleansers on the piercing during healing.
Don’t keep the piercing covered with a bandage for long periods of time. It is important for the piercing to breathe. This includes masks.
Don’t stop cleaning the piercing just because it is doing great.
Don’t take advice from others or the internet without first talking to your piercer