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Cleaning Solutions


Use the following solutions for healing piercings:​

·         Sterile saline spray (Steri-wash or NeilMed are good options)

·         A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap—preferably anti-microbial or germicidal such as Provon or Satin (To be used for body piercings, such as the navel or nipples, when showering)


To care for your piercing, spray with sterile saline solution 2-3 times daily while healing. Let the piercing air dry. Please read below if we instruct you to soak your piercing, if necessary.


Piercing Soak


If your piercing is feeling sore or irritated, soaking twice a day for five minutes with a chamomile tea bag may cause some relief. Place a bag of chamomile tea in warm water and allow it to steep for four to six minutes. Apply the tea bag to the piercing for 5 to 10 minutes. You may need to refresh the tea bag with warm water every couple of minutes. After you’re done, rinse your piercing and pat it dry with a sterile non-woven gauze pad or clean paper towel.


The most critical tips for a successful healing process:



• Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

 • 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.



• 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.

• 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.



• Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.

 • Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.

 • Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

• Avoid 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, and other complications.

 • Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

• Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

• Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M™ Nexcare™ Clean Seals). These are available at most drugstores.

 • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

 • Don't hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.





 • Unless there is a problem with the size, styles, 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.

 • Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old or well-healed piercing 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.")

 • Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.

• 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 or the infection. If the jewelry 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 jewelry unless instructed to by a medical professional.





 • A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of Ace® bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.


• Use the t-shirt trick: Dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.

 • Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.

• Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing. Avoid dyeing or using strong chemicals on your hair during the healing.



• The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.



Once your piercing is healed it is best to use the following metals to avoid irritation or an allergic reaction:

o   ASTM F-138 stainless steel

o   ASTM F-136 titanium

o   Niobium

o   14k Gold


Having a piercing on your body is a unique and personal experience.


Every piercing can vary depending on the body part, your body’s healing process and how you take care of it after.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your new piercing, always feel comfortable asking your piercer for general information.

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