Can You Over clean Your Piercing?

Piercing CleaningEach new piercing is sensitive and has to be cleaned properly. The initial healing time is when your piercing is the most sensitive and prone to infections and other problems. In order to avoid these problems and to speed up the healing process, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the aftercare is cleaning. Your new piercing has to be kept clean in order to remove any dirt, bacteria and other agents in the new piercing. It is important to keep the piercing properly clean so your piercing can heal as quickly as possible.

However, it’s important to understand that cleaning should not be overdone. Overcleaning can bring numerous problems so it should be avoided at all costs.

What is Over cleaning?

Simply put, “overcleaning” is any cleaning that is more extensive than needed. You have to keep your piercing clean, but you don’t want to hurt the tissue with too much cleaning. Remember: too much of a good stuff is bad, so you have to resist the urge to clean your new piercing more than it’s needed.

Some people think that their new piercing will be kept clean only if they wash it every hour or so. Nothing can be further from the truth. Exposing your tissue to water and cleaning products so often will only cause more trouble.

As a rule, you should only clean your new piercing a few times per day. Up to 4 times a day during the initial healing time (a few days after you getting your piercing done) and about twice per day during the rest of the healing period.

In some situations, you might want to clean your piercing more. For example, your tongue piercing and other oral piercings should be cleaned after every meal. That being said, a few times per day is enough. You should not clean your piercing more than that. Remember, it will bring more harm than good.

Improper Cleaning Products

Another problem may come from the improper cleaning products. Not all cleaners are created equal and you should not use them all to clean your new piercing. Just because a product is suitable for use on body and face doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suitable for cleaning your piercings.

The best cleaning solution is a mixture of salt and water. You can easily make this mixture all by yourself. It’s affordable, easy to make and very handy. Anyone can make a basic saline solution so you don’t even have to spend much money on it.

Never use harsh chemicals or strong cleaners on your piercing, even if they are otherwise allowed to be used for washing body and face. These cleaners contain chemicals that are not good for your piercing and will harm the tissue.

Signs of Overcleaning

There are several common symptoms of overcleaning or cleaning with improper products:

  • Tenderness. Your piercing and skin around it may become tender to the touch.
  • Soreness. The piercing and tissue around it may feel sore.
  • Damage. A piercing may produce a puss-like liquid.
  • Redness. Sometimes, an overly cleaned piercing will become red.

These are just some of the signs to watch for. If you experience any of these problems it’s a sign that you’re overcleaning. Reduce the number of times you clean your piercing and switch to a gentler cleaner. In case you use a saline solution to clean your piercing, it might be too strong. In order to prevent further problems, dilute the mixture and use sterile water with salt.

LITHA Aftercare Approach

Aftercare ApproachMany piercing enthusiasts know about the LITHA strategy for aftercare. What is LITHA and how to perform it?

Good news: it’s actually very easy to follow this aftercare approach. Not to mention this is the best way to ensure that your new piercing heals properly and without problems.

What is LITHA?

LITHA stands for: “Leave It The Hell Alone”. A simple concept, isn’t it? This approach basically says that the best way for your piercing to heal is to manipulate is as little as possible. It means that you should not touch it, twist the jewelry or rub it in any way. However, it also means you should not use a lot of cleaning products on it.

Of course, you SHOULD clean it twice per day (or more, depending on the piercing type and your piercer’s instructions), but that should basically be it. When cleaning, use only non-invasive cleaning mixture that is approved for new piercings. Absolutely the best is to use plain saline solution.

Avoid strong chemicals and invasive cleaners on your new piercing. They can do more harm than good. You may use anti-microbial soap or a specialized cleaner made for new piercings, such as H2Ocean cleaner, but make sure that whatever you use is suitable for new piercings.

Other than that, follow LITHA. Leave your piercing. Do not touch it, do not manipulate it in any way. Do not even clean it more times than necessary, or a using a stronger saline solution than recommended. All these things can compromise the healing process and increase the risk of infections and other problems.

The idea behind the LITHA approach is that, as long as you keep your new piercing clean, your body will heal it perfectly on its own. No additional cleaning agents and products are needed. Nor is needed for you to touch or manipulate your new piercing in any way, except when you clean it (and even then the contact must be minimal).

What Not to Do

Here are some things you should avoid during the aftercare:

  • Twisting and turning your jewelry. This is not necessary and can compromise the healing process.
  • Strong products and chemicals. A new piercing is best cleaned with a saline solution. Never use invasive products on your new piercing. Also, make sure that the saline solution you use is not too strong for your piercing.
  • Overcleaning. You should not clean your piercing more than several times per day. It will only irritate it.
  • Rub it on clothes. This is tricky, because you need to be careful at all times. Do not let the jewelry on your new piercing get caught on clothes. Also, make sure not to rub it during sleep. In case of an ear or facial piercing, remove the hair away from it.
  • Change jewelry too soon. You should wait before you change your initial jewelry, unless a new jewelry piece is needed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, go to your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to do it by yourself.

All in all, keep in mind that”less is more” is a good strategy during the healing time. In case you notice something wrong (such as prolonged pain, redness, swelling and other signs of infection) you should consult your doctor. In case everything looks and feels fine it’s best to manipulate your piercing as little as possible.

Cleaning Solutions for Your New Piercing

H20cean Piercing Aftercare Spray

H20cean Piercing Aftercare Spray

Cleaning is an integral part of piercing care. When you get pierced, your new piercing will start to heal, and the healing process is crucial for the future of your piercing. If you want to have beautiful and attractive piercing (and, even more importantly, if you want your piercing to be safe and healthy) you need to follow aftercare instructions carefully and take a good care of your healing piercing. It’s also important to keep your body jewelry clean.

Cleaning is one of the most important things you need to perform during the aftercare. It’s very important to keep the piercing hygienic. It’s therefore important to have a quality, body safe cleaning solution for your piercings. You need to be careful: many commercial cleaning products are just not suitable for piercing care.

Good Cleaning Solutions

There are some body-safe cleaning solutions you may use:

Saline Solution. Packaged sterile saline solution is probably the easiest product to use. It’s important to check that it has no additives, so you need to read the label. It’s very gentle to the skin and it does the job perfectly. This solution is not expensive and it’s very easy to use, so it’s a handy choice for people who want to keep their healing piercings clean and healthy.

Non-Iodized Sea Salt Mixture. This is a mixture you can prepare all by yourself. Take about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt (make sure it’s iodine free) and mix it with one cup (about 8 oz) of water. It’s best to use warm, distilled or bottled water. Make sure not to make your saline solution too strong – it can irritate the skin and your healing piercing.

Anti-microbial soap. You may use a liquid, anti-bacterial soap but you need to be careful with it. Make sure it doesn’t contain any strong chemicals. Also, keep in mind that you should not use a lot of it on your healing piercing (don’t apply it too often and in large quantities).

The H2Ocean Spray. This is a commercial product we can recommend because it’s safe and contain chosen body-safe ingredients. It’s specially formulated and it uses ingredients natural to your body. This spray is made to prevent infections in your healing piercing. The spray uses purified water, sea salt, Lysozyme and Sodium Benzoate. These ingredients not only clean the piercing but also help with the healing process. Just keep in mind that the spray is designed for external body piercings (don’t use for oral piercings).

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