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Piercing Aftercare

Remember that your piercing is a wound and also has to be treated like one. A wound needs time, rest and cleaning to heal. A wound can get infected, so cleaning it is essential. Don`t touch if you`re not cleaning it. And don`t play with it. Following are some important points concerning the cleaning of your piercing.

facial- and bodypiercing:
*Wash the piercing twice a day with a non-perfumed soap, preferrably with Satin, antimicrobial skin cleaner or with a bar of Sebamed soap.
*First wash your hands with the soap.
*Make your piercing wet until the dirt that`s dried up to the jewelry falls off or take this off with a wet q-tip. Don`t use your nails to scratch it off. If you see some dried up-dirt on your jewelry or skin, use a wet q-tip and gently remove it, without moving the jewelry.
*Now put some foam of the soap on the piercing and move the jewelry GENTLY back and forth, so the soap also gets in the wound. Leave the soap in there for 20-30 seconds. Meanwhile you can gently press the skin around your piercing with a q-tip. If there`s any dirt inside, it will come out now.
*Finally rinse all of the soap away with warm water by gently moving the jewelry so the soap inside will go out.
*Then dry your skin and leave the skin around your piercing dry as it is.
DO NOT USE: sterilon, iodine, alcohol (= emergency solutions for when you are not able to clean with fresh water for a few days) or creams ;an antibacterial soap cleans more than enough and the other products are usually too agressive for your skin and may take away good bacterias you need for healing as well.

upper- lower- side- lip, eskimo-piercing:
*OUTSIDE: First see above the instruction for facialpiercings
*INSIDE: Rinse your mouth about 5 times a day with yellow Listerine, you can add a little water. Do this in the morning after brushing your teeth, every time after you had something to eat. And rinse before you are going to bed. If you don’ awnt to use Listerine, use boiled water with half a teaspoon of seasalt. Or rinse with chlorhexidine.
*After brushing your teeth, also brush the inside of your lip. GENTLY brush around your piercing. This way, you take away all possible dirt and your piercing will heal better. Avoid chewing on gum, nails, pencils,sunglasses etc.
*don’t drink any alcohol the first few days-your piercing will be swollen already and could bleed a bit.

tongue, lipfrenum
*Rinse your mouth about 5 times a day with yellow Listerine, you can add a little water. Do this when you get up out of bed and when you are going to bed en do this every time you had something to eat. If you don’t want to use Listerine, use boiled water with half a teaspoon of seasalt. Or rinse with chlorhexidine.
*After brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue and the inside of your lip. When you got your tongue pierced, brush the balls as well (on top and below), GENTLY brush around your piercing. With the lipfrenum, lift up your lip and brush the jewelry and skin around it carefully. Do this daily. This way, you take away all possible dirt and your piercing will heal better. Avoid chewing on gum, nails, pencils,sunglasses etc.
*don’t drink any alcohol the first few days-your piercing will be swollen already and could bleed a bit.

Alternative cleaning of all piercings (instead of cleaning with soap or at least 1x every week) and in case of an infection:
*Make a solution of a quarter of a liter of boiling water and a half a teaspoon SEASALT or BAKING SODA. More of the salt or soda works less. Put this solution in a cup and put the cup for 20-30 seconds against the piercing, so the piercing will soak in the solution.Try to move the jewelry a little while you are doing this. Rinse off with warm water. Do this 1 or 2 times a day. Salt water soaks help to stimulate air and blood circulation which facilitates healing.
*Too much cleaning is also not good, follow the points above. When you face any problems with your piercing then contact your piercer. Also don’t hesitate to come by the piercingshop.
*Never take out the jewelry if you think your piercing is infected. Infected looks red, swollen and it`s constantly covered with dried up waste. If you take out an infected piercing, Then both open ends will close and the dirt of the infection has nowhere to go but to stay there and infect the surrounded area inside.

personal hygiene:
The person being pierced should not touch the piercing nor the skin around it, or will have to wash his/her hands immediately after. Check for yourself how clean you are. Since a piercing usually takes a few weeks or longer to heal, you will have to be extra conscious about your own cross-contamination; dont touch your hair and then your piercing. Don`t touch or play with your piercing anyway, except for cleaning it, with clean hands. Dirty nails, especially long nails can easily cause an infection when touching it..
Sometimes a piercing is not healing totally right and needs a larger size or a different shape of jewelry.
service: You can always come to visit, not only to check your piercing, but also for changing, stretching and of course for another piercing!

Tip:
-check daily with clean hands to make sure the balls are screwed on tight on barbells.
-make sure your bedding is clean, especially if pets get into your bed!
-a multi-vitamin mineral supplement containing zinc and vit.C help boost your healing. Take it in the morning with breakfast.

The healing period is the same as the time you have to spend on cleaning the piercing.

earlobe/ septum/ tongue/ lipfrenum/hood/labia/pa/frenum 2-6 weeks
nose/ eyebrow 6-8 weeks
outer labia/ dydoe / guiche 2-4 months
upper-lower-side- lip / eskimo 2-6 months
nipple (both takes longer to heal)/cartilage/tragus 3-9 months
navel 4-9 months

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