Piercing aftercare

General aftercare

To provide the best care for your piercing, please follow the directions below:

Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before cleaning or touching your piercing.

Clean your piercing twice daily, with saline solution.

Clean/soak both sides of your piercing using a cotton bud/Q-tip or clean gauze, saturated in saline solution.

Rinse piercing with water after cleaning and showering, to remove any residue left behind from body soaps and hair products.

Ensure you dry the area gently with a clean, disposable cotton bud/Q-tip after cleaning.

Once healed, use a mild antibacterial soap when showering.

ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE

Make sure to brush your teeth
twice a day. (Morning/Night)

Lightly brush your jewellery with your toothbrush while
cleaning.

After brushing your teeth, eating, smoking, or drinking alcohol, rinse using
a non-alcoholic mouthwash or a saline/sea salt rinse.

Avoid excessive movement, which can irritate the piercing and induce swelling.

Avoid dairy and spicy food for the first week.


Light Piercing Blister

Please come and see one of our professional piercers as soon as possible.

Some types of blisters can be treated by using NoPull discs.

The Disc protects soft tissue piercings and prevents the jewellery back from causing irritation or sinking, which can happen with any piercing when swollen.

When worn for scarring (the dreaded piercing bump), NoPull Piercing Disc™ has proven to smooth out and even completely heal this condition safely, quickly, and without discomfort or anxiety! The NoPull Piercing Disc™ is worn for (approximately) 2 – 4 weeks, with gentle, but direct contact with the bump. Our piercers will check it and give you the best advice to treat your piercing blister.


Severe Piercing Blister

Please come and see one of our professional piercers as soon as possible as it might be the case that you would need to see your GP.


Helpful hints

DO

  • Wear clothes from natural fibres (cotton, linen, silk) as they will allow your piercing to breathe. Synthetic fibres do not, and this can slow down healing. Please be especially conscious of bras and padding over nipple piercings and underwear over genital piercings.
  • Give your body a boost with food supplements. iron, vitamin B, vitamin C and zinc as they are important substances for healing.
  • Drink enough water as it will cleanse your body and thus accelerate the healing.
  • Monitor how you sleep. When healing ear piercings, sleep on your other side. Try to stay off your stomach with healing body piercing like navels, nipples etc to remove pressure.

DO NOT

  • Do not use table salt on your piercing if you decide to make your own saline solution – natural sea salt only.
  • Never touch your piercing with dirty hands/your hands in general. Do not let anyone else touch your piercing.
  • Never twist or take out your jewellery before the piercing is fully healed, as this can in turn damage the channel that is being created and the healing process will start over and greatly extend the healing period and may cause issues.
  • Try to keep your hair tied back and away from fresh piercings as hair carries a lot of oils and microscopic bacterial organisms that can irritate your fresh wound.
  • Do not get makeup, moisturiser, fake tan etc, inside the wound. You can go close enough, but avoid the direct entrance or exit of the piercing.
  • Do not over-clean your piercing as it will not heal. Over cleaning takes away the good bacteria your body needs to heal and will in turn dry it out and can cause other issues.
  • Pools, lakes, oceans and especially hot tubs, should be avoided during healing. If you must swim, consider using a watertight covering such as a Tegaderm Dressing.
  • Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing triclosan, as these can damage cells. Use a saline solution only.
  • In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewellery or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewellery is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. Do not remove jewellery unless instructed to by a medical professional.