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AFTERCARE OF PIERCING
Aftercare of piercing is one of the most important parts of body modification, but the instructions on how to take care of piercing are different from one piercer to another piercer that most people have become confused and thereby end up having problems. So in case you have a problem healing a piercing in the past, or you are thinking about getting a piercing, this article will be engaging and informative for you to know about aftercare of piercing.
Once a new piercing is done with a piece of beautiful rings, it usually requires air, cleanliness, space and persistence to heal. Piercings by no means have been and in no way can never be an instant gratification: they take the time to look and feel better, and persistence is a virtue. In this article, I will talk about guidelines on aftercare of piercing.
Whenever I do piercing for a customer, I am selling them a fully healed piercing. I guide them through the aftercare of piercing method and, if they have any problem, I help them through the healing process. I also provide them with sterile equipment freely and give them assurance of the quality of the jewelry that I am selling to them. Wherever you go for a piercing, they ought to do the equal.
But, in case they do not, and due to the fact I want this useful information to go beyond my clientele and clients, right here we go!
Aftercare of Piercing – Preliminary Healing Time for Piercings
The preliminary healing time is the time it takes for your piercing to look and feel healed. This process depends on the condition of your body and how rapid you usually take to heal, so it varies from individual to individual and piercing to piercing.
Healing takes between two to three months—earlobes and noses a bit less, however nipples, deep piercings, and navels a bit longer. Dues to hormone variations, female navels and nipple can take up to a year or longer to look and feel healed!
Aftercare of piercing – Seasoning Time
Seasoning time is the time required for your piercing to be healed all the way by the fistula of scar tissue that forms around the jewelry. When a piercing is seasoned, it may be removed without the piercing closing up. Over time, without jewelry in the piercing, it will usually shrink down however it won’t close up so it may be stretched back open to match jewelry once more. After your piercing is seasoned, you may take it out as you please without worry about losing the hole. This takes about 12 months to 18 months, depending on your body and the type of piercing.
This duration of seasoning time applies to most piercings, however not all; piercings including the nose, sometimes the tongue and long surface piercings can be misplaced even after having them for 12 months or more. It also depends on your body! Female navels and nipples now take more than two years to be fully seasoned (again, it has to do with monthly hormone variations that can make the piercing act up regularly and feel like they’re clean again).
Aftercare of Piercing – Basic Cleaning Routine
To avoid contaminating your piercing with bacteria, always start by washing your hands.
The first night: That evening after you’ve been pierced, it is not important to apply any cleaning product, but it is advisable that you use gauze, Q-tips, or some clean paper towel to soak the piercing with warm water just to relax it and decrease any soreness and swelling.
The day after:The following morning, start a simple cleaning routine, one that you comply with religiously. Clean your piercing two to four times daily depending on what you’re doing (in case you’re working in an office, can clean it twice, but if you’re digging ditches, perhaps four). Always clean it after working out (sweat=contaminant) or after working at a laborious or doing a dirty job.
The daily routine:
- Wash your hands in hot soapy water to eliminate any bacteria that might be transferred to your piercing or rings and dry with a clean paper towel.
- Soak with Q-tips and hot water to soften the “crusties” that form on either side of the piercing towards the jewelry. Roll the Q-tip lightly against the jewelry in the direction away from the piercing to do away with the crusties; you may feel the urge to pick the crusties off but believe me if you soak and roll sufficiently they’ll come off in a much gentler style.
- Slather the Q-tip in aftercare product and apply it to each side of the piercing as well as the jewelry, after pass the jewelry to and fro slightly to clean inner.
- Rinse off the entire aftercare product both in the shower and by using a lot of Q-tips and warm water, shifting the jewelry to and fro to make sure that there is no aftercare product left behind.
- Dry with Q-tips and never touch it at all until your next cleaning!
I advocate you use one of the following aftercare products: pure glycerin cleaning soap (no creams, fragrance, or dyes), distilled witch hazel (ensure there is no alcohol listed in the ingredients), colloidal silver (in case you’re not allergic to silver!), or a sterile saline solution (contact solution works better, or you can make your own). Again, in case your piercing is oral, scroll down to see my tips on oral piercings in particular.
If a cartilage piercing does not want to move the first couple days, never put pressure on it: just clean the entry and exit, and the jewelry. It is a fantasy that your skin will stick permanently to the jewelry until you’re wearing titanium for years without moving it at all, which doesn’t happen very often. Majority of people with piercings clean their piercing regularly, even after it’s seasoned.
Aftercare of piercing – What you should do and What you should avoid
- Always clean your piercing every day.
- Always dry your piercing nicely with Q-tips after cleaning.
- Make sure you clean your hands before touching your piercing.
- Always change your bedding regularly.
- Always eat healthily and take nutrients or supplements.
- Avoid touching or playing with your piercing.
- Skip overkill on cleaning your piercing: twice a day, up to four, is enough.
- Totally avoid sleeping on it, or putting pressure on it as this may cause excessive scar tissue to form.
- Avoid swimming in a lake, river, ocean, or public pool until the piercing looks and feels good.
- Don’t use alcohol, peroxide, or whatever that stings or burns as these ingredients dry skin out too much and don’t promote the true healing.
- Avoid using polysporin or any other ointments or lotions as they plug up the piercing so it cannot breathe and also attract airborne bacteria.
- Avoid getting creams, cleansers, oils, powders, or makeup products in or on the piercing; always ensure to preserve a dime-sized, product-free zone across the piercing.
- Avoid taking bubble baths.
- Avoid taking drugs or drink alcohol since they could extensively slow the healing time.
Aftercare of piercing – What if Your Piercing Has a Reaction?
If your piercing looks dry, red, and itchy at all, ensure you’re rinsing out your aftercare product thoroughly. If it still seems irritated, try switching to an exceptional aftercare product.
In case your piercing appears watery or septic and looks as if the skin is pulling far away from the jewelry, ensure you’re rinsing out your aftercare product well. If you notice the aftercare is not a problem, you may be having a jewelry reaction.
If you started with surgical steel, ensure that it is high-grade surgical steel. 316LVM is exceptional; don’t settle for 316L as it is tool grade, which means that doctors don’t leave it inside your body.
Just like the look of steel however it causes a reaction, you can try high-polished Titanium or 18k white gold.
Whatever you decide to change too, make certain you’re getting it from a good source! Ensure that the polish is not dull, but of high-quality, and that there are no nicks, scratches, or sharp edges on the jewelry and if it’s a barbell or labret stud, ensure that it is internally threaded (that means there’s a hole in the bar and a screw protruding the end of the bead). (Externally threaded jewelry can rip open your fistula and is usually the product of cheaper, lower-grade metal.)