and Facial Piercing Aftercare
either one or both of the following solutions for body piercing:
* Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label!)
or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 - 1/4
teaspoon of non - iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8oz)
of warm distilled or bottled water - a stronger mixture
is not better! Saline solution that is too strong can
irritate the piercing.
* Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap
WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching
on or near your piercing for any reason.
2. SALINE soak at least two or three times daily.
Simply invert a cup of warm saline solution over
the area to form a vacuum for a few minutes. The longer you soak
the better. For certain placements it may be easier
to apply using fresh gauze or a cotton ball saturated with saline
solution, a brief rinse will remove any residue.
3. SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While
showering, lather up a pearl sized drop of soap
to clean the jewellery and the piercing, leave the cleanser on the
piercing for no more than thirty seconds then
rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.
4. DRY with disposable paper products such as gauze
or tissues, because cloth towels can harbour bacteria
and catch on a new piercing causing injury. Pat gently to avoid
Initially: some bleeding, localised swelling, tenderness or bruising.
* During Healing: some discoloration, itching, and secretion of
a whitish - yellow fluid (not Pus) that will form some
crust on the jewellery. The tissue tightens around the jewellery
as it heals.
* Once Healed: the jewellery may not move freely in the piercing;
DO NOT force it. If you fail to include cleaning your
piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly
bodily secretions may accumulate.
* A piercing may seem healed before healing is fully complete. This
is because a piercing heals from the outside in and
although it may feel as though it as healed the tissue remains fragile
on the inside. BE PATIENT and keep cleaning throughout the entire
* Even a healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes after having
been there for years! This varies from person to person,
if you like your piercing, leave it in place.
Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing, leave it alone except
when cleaning. It is not necessary to rotate the jewellery
while healing, except possibly during cleaning.
* Stay Healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The
healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for
your piercing to heal. Exercise during healing is fine, just "listen"
to your body.
* Make sure your bedding is clean and changed regularly. Wear clean
comfortable breathable clothing that protects your piercing
while you are sleeping.
* Showering is safer than taking a bath because bathtubs tend to
harbour bacteria. If you would like to take a bath,
clean the tub well before each use.
* Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion
of the area, playing with the jewellery and vigorous
cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly
and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged
healing and other complications.
* Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, hibiclens
* Avoid over cleaning, this can delay your healing and irritate
* Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with other bodily
fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
* Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including caffeine, nicotine
* Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes,
pools, Jacuzzis etc, or protect your piercing using
a special waterproof bandage such as Tegaderm, which is available
at the chemist.
* Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing
including cosmetics, lotions, sprays etc.
* Do not hang charms or any object from your jewellery until the
piercing is fully healed.
Unless there is a problem with size, style or material of the initial
jewellery, leave it in place for the entire healing
period. A qualified piercer should perform any necessary jewellery
change that may be required during healing.
* Contact your piercer if your jewellery must be temporarily removed
(such as for medical a procedure). There are non-metallic
* Leave the jewellery in at all times. Even an old well healed piercing
can shrink or close in minutes after being there for
years! If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
* With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check
threaded ends on your jewellery for tightness.
* Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
* Should you decide you no longer want the piercing seek professional
help in the removal of the jewellery and continue cleaning
the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small
indentation will remain.
A hard vented eye patch (sold at chemists) can be applied under
tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured
using a length of ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation
from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive
clothing, excess irritation and impact during physical
activities such as contact sport.
Use the T-Shirt trick: dress your pillow in a large, clean T-shirt
and turn it nightly, one clean T-shirt provides four
clean surfaces for sleeping.
* Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets,
hats and anything that will come into contact with the
* Use caution when styling your hair and advise your hairdresser
of a new healing piercing.
The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection
and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.
In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel
ready, comfort and hygiene are essential.
* During healing all sexual activities must be gentle. To increase
comfort and decrease trauma soak in warm saline solution
or plain water to remove any crusty matter prior to sexual activity.
* Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams and tegaderm etc. to
avoid contact with a partners bodily fluids, even in
long term relationships.
* Use clean disposable barriers on sex toys.
* Wash hands before touching on or near the piercing.
* Use a new container of water based lubricant, do not use your
own saliva as a lubricant.
* After sex an additional saline soak or clean water rinse is suggested.
* A Prince Albert and Apadravya piercing can bleed freely for the
first few days.
* If using soap urinate after cleaning any piercing that is near
the urethra. Each body is unique and the healing times
vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your
guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience,
common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is
not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.
If you suspect an infection seek medical attention. Keep in mind
that the removal of jewellery can lead to further complications.
Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding
piercing. Your local piercer may be able to refer you to a piercing
friendly medical professional.
Saline solution: 9% sterile isotonic solution of "Normal Saline"
or prepared Saline.
* Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap for cleaning: Proven
or satin or other fragrance free mild anti-microbial
* Waterproof bandage: Tegaderm,Cleanseals, Polyskin or other breathable
non-water permeable wound sealant bandage.
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