Piercing Aftercare


Taking care of your piercing

Piercings must be cleaned twice daily—once in the morning and once at night, ideally after the piercing comes in contact with any irritant such as shampoo, cologne, hair product, cosmetics or after exercising. All of these contain ingredients that could potentially cause irritation or infection during the healing period.

Using a Q-Tip, swab both sides of the piercing with the SAFE Piercing Care Solution and clean the jewelry itself, removing any dry build-up that may have formed on the outside of the piercing. Gently rotate or push jewelry back and forth through the piercing a couple times. Rotating the jewelry will work the solution into the piercing, which is essential for proper healing. Clean the piercing this way twice per day. If you need to clean the build-up off your jewelry between the morning and nightly cleaning, use a Q-Tip and warm water.

Overusing any cleaning product on your new piercing will disrupt the natural PH balance of your body and potentially slow down the healing process.

These chemicals are too harsh on a new piercing and may cause excessive drying of the skin. If you need to clean the build-up off your jewelry between the morning and nightly cleaning, use a Q-Tip and warm water. Rotating the jewelry will work the solution into the piercing, which is essential for proper healing. Finish by cleaning jewelry with the solution.

You can take Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin for any discomfort or swelling. Ice can also be helpful in order to prevent and help with any swelling or pain.

For mouth piercings, swish with Listerine or any antiseptic mouthwash for 3-5 seconds after eating and drinking anything besides ice or water. Rinse after smoking, also. Using a warm saltwater rinse may also help speed up the healing process. Stay away from spicy foods, acidic juices, and hot beverages and foods for the first few days. It is also essential that you avoid dairy products and beer for the first 48 hours. During the first few days, eat only soft foods such as mashed potatoes, jell-o, soup broth, applesauce, etc. Ice and ibuprofen are highly recommended during those first few days.

You may change your body jewelry, if desired, after the recommended length of time. (With tongue piercings, you should get a shorter barbell in your tongue as soon as you’re able, which will help to avoid damage to your teeth.) Even though you are able to change the jewelry on the recommended change date, you should not change it too often or it will become very irritated. Even though your piercing appears to be healed, it’s still tender on the inside, so treat it gently. Also, during that first year, make sure you keep high quality metals (or plastics) in the piercing since it will be especially sensitive during that time. Piercings can take a full year to a year and a half to completely heal, so having some patience with them will be best in the long run. If you are uncomfortable changing the jewelry yourself or if you are unable to, please come in and we’re happy to help you! We charge a $3 fee to change jewelry, unless it is a piece that you purchased from us that day.

Don’t go without body jewelry in your piercing until after one year, or the piercing may close.

The materials we recommend for piercings (and have available for sale) are surgical steel (grade 316LVM or higher), titanium (grade 6Al-4V-Eli that is ASTM F-136 compatible), 14kt gold (or higher gold content), or Monofilament Nylon and Teflon (PTFE).

Most people do just fine with our surgical steel, but if you are especially sensitive to metals, your best choice is titanium. It is the hardest and highest grade of metal with virtually no presence of nickel (less than .05%). Nickel is what people are usually sensitive to and the higher the nickel content, the more you will react to it. The strength of titanium makes it practically impervious to scratches and imperfections. It is one of the most expensive metals used for body jewelry, but is certainly worth the price for someone who is hyper-sensitive to nickel-containing metals and can’t wear anything else. Titanium can also be anodized and comes in a wide variety of colors.

Sterling silver is not appropriate for new piercings. It is made of 92.5% silver and contains an alloy of other metals that can cause irritation. It also oxidizes (tarnishes) when it comes in contact with air, humidity, certain chemicals, and body fluids and can leave a permanent dark mark on the skin surrounding your piercing. The fact that silver is soft increases the risk of small non-visible nicks and scratches in the metal that can become a harbor for bacterial growth. Sterling silver is recommended for well-established piercings only (generally 1 year or older), and short-term wear. Silver-plated jewelry is not recommended at all.

To ensure that you do not lose your threaded bead on your jewelry, check the ball on your barbell daily to make sure it is secure.

If a problem or infection develops, there are a couple of products we carry that work well for this. One is called Sweet Pea Piercing Solution and the other is H2Ocean Piercing Spray. We also carry a product called Funk-Off Piercing Deodorant that’s great for keeping that funky smell off your piercings or stretched ear lobes AND conditions your organic plugs. Also read about Care for Infected Piercings and The Bubble and visit our After Care Products page for more information on those products.

If you have any questions or problems or we can assist you in any way, please come in and see us or you can contact us at 509.893.1321.

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