Archive for the ‘Piercing Aftercare’ Category

Do’s and Don’ts

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Do check threaded jewelry daily to make sure it is on tight.

Don’t play with it, or ever, touch it with unwashed hands.

Don’t rotate your jewelry while cleaning it or otherwise!

Do be conscious of your clothes they should be clean and they should not be putting any pressure on your new piercing.Do be wary of your health. Avoid drug usage, get plenty of sleep and take vitamin supplements (Vitamin C, Zinc and Iron are all good).

Don’t swim. Pools, lakes oceans etc. are all breeding grounds for bad things.

Do use a waterproof bandage, such as Tegaderm, if you must subject your piercing to getting wet.

Do feel free to use ice or Ibuprofen to help alleviate swelling and pain.

Don’t have unprotected sex with a fresh genital piercing, not even in a monogamous relationship.

Do avoid contact with others bodily fluids near your piercing until it is fully healed.

Don’t remove your jewelry if you suspect infection. It needs to remain in to allow drainage. Removing it can lead to abscess, swelling, bruising and bleeding. If you suspect an infection please call your piercer immediately.


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Behavior that promotes healing  

  • Revisiting the piercer for an evaluation at any time, if needed
  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Following the recommended aftercare guidelines
  • Taking sufficient supplement tablets Iron, Zinc

Behavior that hinders healing

  • Contact between the new piercing and another person’s skin
  • Touching the piercing, unless cleaning it, in which case only with washed hands
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol (in the case of oral piercings)
  • Contact between the piercing and bodily fluids, perfume or cosmetics
  • Oral sex and genital intimacy, where this could cause one of the above
  • Swimming in public swimming pools, lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans as they may be too harsh to promote skin cell healing. Chlorine in swimming pool water may be an irritant. Bacteria, protozoa, and parasites found in non-chlorinated water can lead to infections.

Risks in Piercing

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
  • Allergic reaction to ingredients in products used to clean the new piercing, or of ancillary products used in proximity to the piercing (e.g., soap, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, antibacterial products, antiseptic medicines, makeup, hairspray, swimming pool chlorine, etc.). This risk can be minimized by cleaning the piercing as recommended by a professional body piercer (different piercers will have differing recommendations), by not contaminating the fresh piercing with irritating products, and by not swimming in chlorinated water. Safe All Natural Piercing Aftercare
  • Allergic reaction to the metal in the piercing jewelry, particularly nickel. This risk can be minimized by using high quality jewelry manufactured from surgical stainless steel or similar inert metals.
  • Bacterial infection, particularly from Staphylococcus aureus. However, this risk is greatly reduced when the piercing is performed by a professional body piercer using best practice piercing techniques, and when appropriate steps are taken during the aftercare period to avoid infection. Blunt force piercing, such as that associated with the use of ear piercing instruments, increases the chance of a bacterial infections. For that reason, among others, piercing guns should never be used to pierce any part of the body other than earlobes.
  • Viral infection, particularly from hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. However, it is important to note that although hepatitis has been transmitted through the practices of ear piercing, body piercing, and tattooing, there has not yet been a case of HIV transmission associated with these procedures (see CDC Fact Sheet: HIV and Its Transmission). As with bacterial infections, the risk of viral infection is minimized when proper piercing techniques are used, particularly by the use of autoclaved disposable piercing needles and the autoclaving of jewelry prior to installation.
  • Keloid formation can sometimes occur, particularly among people who are pre-disposed to this condition through heredity.
  • Excess scar tissue, which can be caused by improper piercing, cleansing, and stretching. This may result in loss of sensation and difficulty piercing and stretching that area of skin in the future.

Piercing Aftercare Tips

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

1. Do not touch the body piercing. Also, don’t let anyone else touch, kiss or lick the body piercing. 

 2. Do not take it off. Body piercing may take many months to years to completely heal, changing or removing jewelry should be avoided during that time.

3. Do not let the body piercing come in contact with another person’s bodily fluids.

4. Never use Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide or hand soap because they may damage healthy cells and cause scar tissue. Petroleum jelly is also not recommended for aftercare, as it can collect and promote the growth of bacteria.

5. Avoid hot tubs and public pools during the healing process. If you must swim, cover with a waterproof bandage.

6. Reduce intake of alcohol, drugs, caffeine, and aspirin during the initial healing period.

7. Avoid smoking, chewing tobacco and eating spicy foods for oral piercing’s.

8. Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for a few weeks. Definitely avoid tanning oils, lotions and sand.

9. Avoid tight fitting clothes which might irritate a new body piercing.

10. Change your bed sheets at least once a week.