Cleaning piercings and aftercare:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or handling your new piercing.

  • Wash your piercing 2-3 times daily using liquid unscented antibacterial soap.  DO NOT use bar soaps.

  • DO NOT twist, tug, or pull your piercing back and forth, this can damage the tissue and increase healing time, and can increase risk of infection.

  • Avoid ‘piercing cleansers’ like Bactine, Betadine, Hibiclens, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol unless your piercer has told you to do so.

  • DO NOT submerge the piercing in any body of water other than a sea salt soak. No pools, hot tubs, lakes, oceans, or baths.

  • DO NOT attempt to change or remove jewelry yourself until the piercing is healed. Return to your piercer once the swelling has subsided so they can change and sterilize­­­­­­ the jewelry for you.

  • DO NOT apply makeup over the jewelry.  This can irritate the piercing and clog the pores.

  • Discharge is normal, however, a greenish or yellow discharge can be a sign of an infection. Consult with your piercer or doctor.

  • Thoroughly clean your piercings to get any crust discharge off your piercing. Pushing anything through open piercings will hurt more then the actual piercing.

  • With most piercings, be extra careful around anything knitted or lacy such as towels, knitwear, lace. or loofahs. They can easily snag the piercing, which can cause inflammation, rejection, etc.

 

ORAL PIERCINGS

  • Rinse with a non-alcoholic mouthwash or salt solution after eating, drinking, and/or smoking.

  • No oral/sexual activity while the piercing is healing. This can irritate the piercing and put you at risk of infection and transmitted diseases or bacteria.

  • Avoid alcohol; beer and other liquors can cause yeast and other infections.

  • Cold foods and drinks such as Icees, popsicles, and ice cream can help reduce swelling.

  • Ibuprofen/Advil/Aleve are acceptable for reducing swelling. Take as directed.

 

 MICRODERMAL ANCHORS (Dermals)

  • Leave Band-Aid on for 24 hours. Only remove the bandage to clean the piercing twice daily.  Always use a Band-Aid while sleeping to prevent accidentally snagging it.

  • GENTLY Wash the piercing with soap and water, allow to dry for 15 minutes, then apply a new Band-Aid.

  • After the first 48 hours, only apply Band-Aids when going to bed. DO NOT sleep on the piercing during the healing process.

Take care not to hit, bump, or otherwise disturb the piercing. This can cause inflammation and may cause the piercing to reject and/or become infected.