Piercing AFtercare Guide
Basic Cleaning Instructions
How Often: 2-3 times a day, everyday!
For How Long: The duration of your healing. with Sterile saline spray in an aerosol can, fine mist is best (we like NeilMed Piercing Aftercare) and clean water.
Use warm water in the shower to do most of the work! Let it soften and remove any debris.
To Finish: Allow to air dry (or very gently dry with sterile gauze or at very least a new, disposable paper towel).
Rules to Follow During the Healing of Your Piercing
- These rules are not difficult or demanding, but will make healing an easier process!
- Do not sleep on your new piercing! (a firm travel pillow can help a lot)
- Avoid touching your jewelry and piercing (This means absolutely no turning)
- Keep cosmetics, creams and lotions off of your piercing.
- Avoid submerging piercings in any standing water (ie. pools, hot tubs, lakes, sit down baths etc)
- Avoid tight or restrictive clothing directly on the
- Never force jewelry to move, you don’t have to
twist or turn the jewelry to clean or heal your
Other Helpfull Tips
● Check your jewelry periodically to ensure the balls or threaded ends (such as gems) are snug. Wash your hands before doing this.
● Do not be tempted to change your jewelry too soon.
● While you can change your jewelry after the piercing is healed – jewelry MUST be worn 24/7 for no less than one year after receiving the piercing.
●If you believe your piercing is infected, please contact us or a physician immediately. DO NOT remove the jewelry, as this could “trap” the infection and could possibly lead to the formation of an abscess.
● Regardless of which type of pre-made saline solution you use, always be aware of the manufacturer’s expiration date and product’s shelf life.
All piercings are performed with longer or larger jewelry than necessary to accommodate for incurring swelling and irritation during the healing process.
Things not to use
● Anti-bacterial soaps or face washes
● Rubbing Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
● Anti-biotic ointments
● Ear piercing aftercare products containing Benzalkonium Chloride
● Q-tips, cotton balls or cotton pads
● Sea salt
● Tea Tree Oil
Special Consideratons for other piercings
- Oral piercings require rinsing off the mouth after eating, drinking, smoking etc. during the full healing process. Rinsing should be done using clean water or an alcohol free mouthwash (Biotene or Crest Pro Health)
- Tongue piercings are prone to swelling. So, please, begin working on swelling reduction immediately after the piercing. To reduce swelling, consume cold beverages as needed. Chamomile, or chamomile & lavender tea, as well as pineapple, mango, or papaya fruit juices are excellent for this purpose. If nothing else is available, ice water will also work.
- Genital piercings require that you abstain from sexual contact for a minimum of 3-4 weeks. Also, even in a strict monogamous relationship, we do stress the importance of using safe sex precautions until you are certain the piercing is fully healed.
- Surface Anchors should be covered with a small bandage when sleeping or in active situations, especially for the first month. Small round Band-Aids can be found in most pharmacies and are perfect for anchors. Cold soaks are invaluable for anchors and are highly recommended.
Downsizing Your Jewelry
Nearly all piercings need to have the jewelry downsized or replaced with a smaller piece of jewelry. Most piercings done with studs or barbells generally require downsizing after 5-6 weeks, or as swelling allows. Timing is different for everyone! It is vital to the health of your piercing that you downsize your jewelry as recommended by your piercer. Failing to downsize your jewelry in a timely manner can affect the angle of the piercing, lead to the forming of scar tissue, and/or lead to extreme long term discomfort. When concerning oral piercings, failure to downsize can also lead to oral damage.
Please note: We charge for all new jewelry. This includes your new shorter post, or smaller ring.
* Please be aware that we are not responsible for lost jewelry, infections, rejections, migrations or an inability to heal your piercing.
** The preceding information is based on our many years of experience in the body piercing industry and should not be taken as medical advice as we are not physicians or in any way affiliated with the medical industry.
*** ALL sales and services rendered are final. We do not accept returns or exchanges or provide refunds
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