On the ears, the navel or the face, many of you have a piercing. But did you know that this pretty jewel requires some responsibilities? Here are some tips to take care of your piercing.
Piercing – Care tips
Important: Always have perfectly clean hands before proceeding with the care or change of piercing jewelry.
Make daily care with an antiseptic foaming gel, an antiseptic skin spray or a soft mouthwash depending on the location of the piercing. This care should be done only the first 7 days for the skin (take over with soap and water) and 5 to 7 days for the mouth care. Prolonging or resuming care delays healing by irritating the skin and mucous membranes.
If you get caught in an item of clothing or take a blow to your piercing, place an ice pack on it for a few minutes. The cold will help it to deflate. Do not put any antiseptic on it, it will only make the pain and swelling worse.
Clean and dry the jewelry you are going to put on. To facilitate the passage of the jewel, put a little Vaseline on the screw thread of the bar.
Avoid wearing bars that are too long as much as possible, as the risk of snagging is greater.
To avoid complications (infection, granuloma, rejection,…) avoid touching or turning your piercing while it is healing. In case of problem, do not hesitate to contact your piercer, he will certainly have a solution to propose you.
Make Sure Your Piercer Is Using The Right Equipment
Contrary to popular belief, the use of the needle is much less painful than the gun and much more hygienic. Easier to sterilize than plastic materials, it works like a small scalpel and creates an incision that will leave only a minimal mark on your skin.
Clean Piercing 3 Times A Day (Not More)
What should you use to clean your piercing? Saline or sterile saline solution. Even simpler, warm water and soap. For that, prefer the formulas containing oil, more soft. Above all, avoid alcohol, which tends to dry out the skin. This is how scabs and bleeding appear and prevent the incision from healing.
Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue. And gently pat the piercing dry with paper towels or a sterile gauze pad. For piercings in the mouth or cheeks, use a diluted, alcohol-free mouthwash.
Avoid Touching Your Piercing Every Two Seconds
When the skin or the mucous membrane is healing, it is not recommended to manipulate your piercing. Except to clean it of course!
If you turn the jewel over and it is not moistened, the incision may bleed, which will prolong the healing process. Moreover, our little fingers are a real mine of bacteria. The more you touch your piercing, the more likely you are to transmit them.
The solution? To wash the hands before any manipulation of the piercing, even when it will have healed! In the same way, think of protecting it against the rubbings with fabrics, to avoid the irritations.
Minimize The Risks To Take Care Of Your Piercing
It is advisable to opt for a shower rather than a bath, to best protect your piercing. However, if you can’t resist the call of your bathtub, scrub it thoroughly to knock out the nasty bacteria. And rinse your jewel carefully, while leaving the bath.
Of course, the swimming pool day or the hammam afternoon will wait! These places are real nests of bacteria… If you really want to, protect your body jewelry with a waterproof bandage.
In the days following the incision, the skin may take on a slightly discolored appearance. A small crust or hematoma may form. Not to mention the secretion of a liquid.
It’s not glamorous, but it’s good to know! This is all part of the healing process and should not alarm you. So be patient! And remember that a piercing, even when it looks healed, is still fragile. Deep tissue needs time to heal. If you have opted for a microdermal piercing, however, the skin regeneration process is faster.
In any case, if more worrying symptoms appear, do not hesitate to consult a professional.
Pay Attention To Your Health
Exercise, sleep and eat enough, i.e., be in good shape, are all habits that will facilitate the healing of a piercing. Taking magnesium and zinc can also be helpful.
Watch For Signs Of Healing
Once the piercing is no longer raw or swollen and no longer secreting fluid, you can consider the healing process complete.
Take Care Of Your Piercing Every Day
After long weeks of waiting, your piercing is finally healed! Even if you will be able to relax a little on the rules of hygiene, a body jewel always requires a minimum of maintenance and certain rules.
• Now that the partial healing is complete, you no longer need to clean your piercing every week! Once in a while, for example when you change your jewelry, is entirely sufficient. Removing and reinserting your piercing could irritate your skin, weaken the canal and even trigger a rejection process.
• You can change your jewelry as soon as the healing is over, being careful to choose a suitable material such as surgical steel, 18-carat gold, titanium, nobium and possibly some precious woods or plastics. Silver is strongly discouraged because it oxidizes and can cause allergies. If you really want to change your jewelry before it is completely healed, go back to your piercer: only he will be able to replace it without risking injury.
• When you can finally change your jewelry yourself, be careful not to remove your piercing for too long: some skins heal very quickly and it happens that the hole closes in as little time as it takes to say wow!
What Products To Use To Care For Your Body Piercing?
• Cytéal or Septivon antibacterial soap,
• Saline solution,
• Non-woven sterile compresses.
What Products Should You Use To Treat Your Oral Piercing (Tongue, Cheek, Lips)?
• An alcohol-free mouthwash,
• Septivon antibacterial soap,
• Saline solution,
• Non-woven sterile compresses.
Cleaning Instructions For The Inside Of The Mouth:
Rinse your mouth 2 to 3 times a day with the mouthwash for 2 weeks. Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash, diluted 1/3 mouthwash and 2/3 water (bottle if possible).
Good To Know:
• Do not play with the piercing.
• Don’t stop yourself from talking.
• Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean place away from other toothbrushes. Gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush jewelry more carefully to avoid tartar buildup.
• Once the swelling is reduced and the healing is done, consult your piercer to change the bar for a shorter one.
• Avoid smoking, stress, drugs and alcohol during the healing process
You need to find a reliable place to have the piercing done. At Sheerbliss London we have a piercing in london service.
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