Cleaning Solutions -
Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings:
* H2O Piercing Aftercare Spray is the most effective way to cleanse new body piercings. Their patented formula, enhanced with natural enzymes, has over 82 trace elements and minerals essential for living cells. Use 2x a day to help remove dried discharge and secretions safely.
* Non-Iodized Sea Salt mixture can be a viable alternative. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. Mixing it in a sterile spray bottle is advised. A stronger mixture is not better; too strong can irritate the piercing.
* Using the wrong cleaning products and/or not cleaning the piercing properly may cause major problems during the healing process
* WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
* CLEAN with above solution 2x per day & no more than 3x a day. Use a Q-Tip with solution on it to swab the entrance and exit of the piercing removing all crusty build-up around the piercing & jewelry.
*If your piercer suggests using soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan.
• RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
* DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.
What is Normal?
* Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising may occur.
* During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
* Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate. *A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
*Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.
What to Do:
* Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is NOT necessary to rotate your jewelry.
* Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
* Clean & Comfortable Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping. Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.
What to AVOID:
* Moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
* Sleeping on or using phones, or putting any direct pressure on them for at least 4-6 weeks
* Cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Bactine®, Dial® these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
* Over-cleaning This can delay your healing & irritate your piercing.
* Undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, & other complications.
* All contact oral contact, rough play, & contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing for 6-8 weeks
* Stress & drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, alcohol & spicy foods with a new oral piercing.
* Submerging in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. for at least 2-4 weeks, after initial piercing Or, if you MUST cover the wound using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M™ Nexcare™ Clean Seals). These are available at most drugstores.
* All beauty & personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, oils, sprays, tanning beds, direct sunlight, etc. for 6-8 weeks
* Hanging charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.
* Always leave jewelry in, even old or well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes even after having been there for years. If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible. With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness.
("Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.") Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in the place for the entire healing period.
See a qualified piercer to perform any jewelry change that becomes necessary during healing. Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives available at our Studio.
* Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark will remain.
* In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. Do not remove jewelry unless instructed to by a medical professional.
* Use an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, Advil or Aleve to help prevent and reduce swelling. Arnica is an homeopathic medicine that is used for swelling, pain and bruising
* Ice packs can be used in addition to an anti-inflammatory. Normally 15 mins on the area which is swelled and 15 minutes off the area then repeat process for best results
* Jewelry drastically sinking into the skin, or skin growing over the jewelry, contact your piercer immediately or physician
We want you to have the BEST possible piercing experience!
If you have ANY healing problems, we encourage you to notify your piercer as soon as possible.
Please understand that we are not physicians and can only offer suggestions, but we are here to help you in any way possible
Please feel free to call or stop by during regular business hours