PIERCING AFTERCARE

Cleaning Instructions

WASH your hands thoroughly prior to touching the piercing area for any reason. CLEAN once a day with mild liquid anti-bacterial soap and SALINE solution (contact lens soak for sensitive eyes, not all-purpose) 3-5 times a day. Apply with disposable cotton ball or q-tip. SEA SALT soak can also be done once or twice a week if desired (mix no more that 1/4 tsp. of NON-IODIZED sea salt with an 8 oz cup of warm water, apply using a soaked cotton ball for 5-10 minutes), sea salt can be found at any grocery store. ORAL piercings (lip, monroe, cheek, tongue) also rinse with Biotene or Crest Complete mouth wash 4-6 times daily (any time after you ear, drink, smoke, or kiss) as well as chewing on ice, popsicles or anything cold to keep initial swelling to a minimum.

What is Normal?

INITIALLY some bleeding, swelling, tenderness or bruising may occur. DURING HEALING you may also experience redness, crusties and secretions of clear/whitish fluid called lymph. All of these things are a completely normal part of the healing process. For excessive soreness ibuprofin might be helpful.

What to Avoid and Tips

AVOID using alcohol, peroxide, Neosporin or Betadine. AVOID submerging the percing in water (lakes, pools, jacuzzis, or bathtubs) and ALL beauty products around the piercing area (hairspray, blush, lotions, foundation) NO oral contact, rough play or moving the jewelry back and forth as this breaks new skin cell growth. (However barbell balls need to be tightened on a daily basis)

Hypertrophic Scar Care

A hypertrophic scar is a cutaneous condition characterized by excessive amount of collagen.  It is not possible to completely to prevent them, some people have an inherited tendency to this type of scarring.  It appears similar to a pimple around the piercing site but DO NOT SQUEEZE!

“Bayer Asprin” Treatment – Purchase a bottle of “Bayer” brand asprin (it’s 100% asprin with no additives), once daily crush up one pill to make a fine powder and mix 2-3 drops of water with powder to make a thick paste.  Apply the paste LIBERALLY to the affected area and leave on for 10-15 mins.  The paste will then harden and begin to flake off, at this time wash it off completely with anti-bacterial hand soap.  Continue this process once a day for about 2 weeks.

*Avoid removing jewelry or touching the affected area unless cleaning