The purpose of cleaning a piercing while it is healing is to remove any dead cells and discharge excreted by your body, as well as any external dirt and bacteria picked up during the day. You are not treating the wound with medicine or making it heal, but rather keeping the area clean while your body is healing itself. Basic hygiene and common sense, with particular attention to the specific area, are all that are required. You will be the best judge of what works for you. Pay attention to your body. It will tell you if you are doing something wrong. Listen to it. New piercing's should be cleaned once or twice daily, depending on your skin sensitivity, activities and environment. Continue cleaning every day for entire healing period. Keep in mind that over-cleaning or using too many products can also irritate your piercing.
Do not touch your piercing or move it unnecessarily while it is healing.
Avoid contact with other people's bodily fluids.
Avoid pools, lakes, rivers, hot tubs and bathtubs.
Smoking can affect the healing time of piercing's; try to cut back.
Try not to sleep on your piercing. Put clean bedding and pillow cases on your bed.
For facial and ear piercing's, wear long hair up off the healing piercing. This is especially important for cartilage piercing's.
Vitamin supplements like Zinc and Vitamin C can help with healing.
Using clean hands, check jewelry with balls that screw on/off, to make sure they are tight. Right is tight, left is loose.
Avoid irritants like: Rubbing alcohol, Iodine, Hydrogen peroxide, Listerine®, Antibiotic ointments, Antibacterial soaps, Gly-oxide® and Pierced ear solutions. These items will not help your piercing heal; instead they will prolong your healing time.
WARM SALT WATER
Warm salt-water soaks can work wonders in healing piercings. They help draw out discharge, soothe irritations and may prevent infection. They also stimulate circulation which encourages speedy healing. You can use soaks for general healing, to remove dried discharge "crusties", and to treat minor infections and irritations. We strongly suggest soaking your piercing for fifteen minutes at least once a day, more often if you are having trouble with healing.
Sea salt (non-iodized; available from health food stores and some grocery stores) works best, as it is most pure. Most table salt contains extra chemicals (aluminum, magnesium, iodide, etc.) which can irritate and sting, and dextrose (sugar) which can cause yeast infections. Many non-iodized salts and kosher salts are natural sea salt. Read the label: if it contains only sodium chloride (salt) and maybe a form of calcium (phosphate or silicate to minimize clumping), it’s good. Epsom salts are really too strong and are not meant for surface wound soaking. Don’t use them. To soak: Dissolve (1/4 teaspoon) of sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of hot water (distilled if possible), or 1/4 cup of sea salt in a hot bath (in a clean tub!). A stronger solution is not better and may actually be harmful to your piercing. Hold it over your piercing for 5-15 minutes (until water cools). For facial or ear piercing's you can pour some of the mixture into a shot glass, medicine cup or similar small container.
When mixing salt water, keep in mind that the ratio of salt to water is important. You are trying to make 0.9% salt water, just like the salt water (saline) in your body. Since your body is mostly salt water, you can clean the piercing without causing irritation. Chemicals such as alcohol, peroxide, Listerine etc. will only serve to irritate your piercing.
Proportions for mixtures of salt to water are:
1/8 tsp to 1/2 cup water
1 tsp to 32 oz. water
Emu oil is a deep penetrating, highly moisturizing nutritional supplement for your skin. Emu oil does not clog pores, which allows the skin to breathe during the healing process. Emu oil is rich in essentially fatty acids that feeds the skin to aid in new cell development that promotes faster healing. Emu oil is also used to lessen or eliminate keloids and reduce recent scarring.
Apply emu oil 2-3 times daily after the piercing has been cleaned. Gently massage a single drop of emu oil around the piercing (entrance and exit) with clean finger.
DO NOT DO THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR PIERCING
DO NOT USE! Rubbing Alcohol
CARE FOR ORAL PIERCINGS
Add a pinch (1/4 teaspoon) sea salt to 1-cup (8 oz.) warm water. Use bottled or distilled water, not tap water. (If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, you may need to limit the frequency of salt-water use and use plain warm water rinses. Ask your doctor). If you do choose to use mouthwash, stay away from alcohol-based products such as Listerine® and similar store brands. Which contain 70% alcohol or more are far too harsh, and repeated use will usually slow down healing. Instead, use a non-alcohol antimicrobial/antibacterial mouthwash diluted according to manufacturer's instructions. Tech 2000® and Biotene® are two good options. Jason® Healthy Mouth tea tree oil mouthwash is an excellent, cruelty free alternative, which can also soothe swelling. Do not use any mouthwash product more than 4 times a day.
- Ampalang: 2 - 4 months
- Antibrow: 4 – 8 months
- Appadravia: 2 - 4 months
- Bridge: 4 - 8 weeks
- Cartilage: 2 - 6 months
- Dydoes: 2 - 4 months
- Ear Lobe: 4 - 6 weeks
- Ear Project: 4 - 8 months (Orbitals & Industrials)
- Ear work Inner: 3 - 6 months (Conch, (Anti) Tragus, Daith & Rook)
- Eyebrow: 8 - 10 weeks
- Forchette: 2 - 4 months
- Frenum: 2 - 4 weeks
- Hood: 2 - 4 weeks
- Inner Labia: 2 - 4 weeks
- Navel: 6 - 12 months
- Nipple: 4 - 6 months
- Nostril: 2 - 4 months
- Oral External: 2 - 3 months (Beauty Mark, Cheeks, Labret, Lip, & Monroe)
- Outer Labia: 2 - 4 months
- Prince Albert: 2 - 4 weeks
- Scrotum: 2 - 4 months
- Septum: 6 - 8 weeks
- Surface Anchor: 2 - 4 months
- Surface Barbell: 4 -12 months
- Tongue: 4 - 6 weeks
- Triangle: 2 - 4 months