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).

Choosing Jewelry for Initial Piercings

Initial Piercing Initial piercing jewelry is different than the one you can wear in your old (meaning: healed) piercing. A healing piercing is very sensitive so special attention should be made to keep the piercing clean and to help it heal without a problem. The choice of jewelry is very important, because incorrect jewelry can pose a problem for your new piercing. Therefore, your initial piercing has to follow higher standards and it has to be made of body-safe, high-quality materials.

Choosing the Jewelry

Choosing the first jewelry for your piercing may be tricky, so there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, quality and materials should be more important than the look. It’s true that many jewelry pieces made for initial piercings look simple or plain, but that should not worry you. You don’t need a heavy, complicated jewelry piece in your fresh piercing. Things like quality and size are the most important.

After you get pierced, the initial jewelry should serve one important purpose: to make your piercing heal correctly and to heal as fast as possible. The jewelry should keep the piercing open and to make it heal without a problem. The style or look of the jewelry is not so important: what is important is to choose body-safe jewelry of an appropriate size. If your piercing heals correctly there will be plenty of time to try many different jewelry pieces or to pick the style you like the most. Initial jewelry, however, has to be functional and to make your piercing heal without problems.

Therefore, you need to focus on materials and quality. It means you should never go for the cheapest products. There are many sub-par jewelry pieces on the market and many cheap body jewelry products you can buy at the mall. These jewelry pieces are not good even for a fully healed piercing, let alone for your new piercing.

Safe Materials

You have to stick to the best materials known to be fully body safe. It’s important that the material chosen has no alloys (mixtures) because they are known to cause allergies. Titanium is one of the best materials on the market and it doesn’t cause allergies. Niobium is another good material that’s body-safe and can be used for initial piercing jewelry.

Surgical steel is one of the most popular jewelry materials on the market. It’s important to understand that there are many different types of surgical steel (made of a variety of alloys) and only certain types are safe for initial jewelry. First of all, it’s important to choose Surgical Steel, not Stainless Steel (stainless steel can cause allergies). When it comes to Surgical Steel, make sure to use high-quality, body-safe Surgical Steel of the highest standards.

Gold is a popular jewelry material but it’s not always suitable for initial piercings. Any gold jewelry used has to be nickel-free and 14k or higher quality. However, it’s best not to use gold for initial jewelry, especially if your chosen jewelry is only gold plated or has a gold overlay.

Glass can be a safe jewelry material as long as it’s lead-free. Fused quartz glass, soda-lime glass or borosilicate are good glass types for jewelry. However, glass is not often used for initial jewelry pieces because most of the glass jewelry is made at the larger gauges. On the other hand, glass jewelry can be a good choice for newly-stretched piercings, particularly ear piercings.

Oral Piercing Aftercare Tips

Oral PiercingHere are some basic aftercare instructions for your oral piercings. As usual, the best thing to do is to listen to your piercer carefully and to apply all the aftercare measures your piercer recommends. This is yet another reason why you should always find an experienced, reliable piercer: you will need to be informed about all of the appropriate aftercare and safety measures you need to perform during healing.

Remember: healing time is crucial for your piercing. You need to perform adequate aftercare measures and to follow some common safety tips, to ensure your piercing heals nicely and without any problems.

Oral piercings are often tricky because part of the wound is typically located inside your mouth. As such, it may pose a problem, especially during eating and chewing. Oral piercings such as tongue piercing or labret piercings (lip, cheek) have to be cleaned carefully and a special measure should be taken not to damage the piercing during eating.

Cleaning Instructions

To clean your oral piercing, it’s best to use a gentle solution that will not cause harm to your piercing. At the same time, a solution you choose has to be strong enough to fully clean your piercing. It’s best to use a common saline solution suitable for all piercing types, or a special, gentle cleaner specially formulated to be used for healing oral piercings. Before you use any product, make sure it’s safe to be used for mouth rinsing.

To clean your piercing inside the mouth, rinse your mouth with the solution about 4-5 times a day. It’s important to rinse your mouth after every meal and before you go to bed. Make sure to rinse your mouth for at least 30-60 seconds.

At the same time, don’t overdo it. Cleaning and rinsing every half an hour will not help. In fact, it can only make your skin very sensitive and irritated.

For the exterior part of the piercing (such as exterior of the lip and cheek), you should clean using the saline solution or a special anti-bacterial soap. Before you start, make sure to wash your hands before you touch your piercing. You may apply saline solution 2-3 times a day but soap should not be used more than 1 to 2 times per day.

To clean, soak the piercing with the solution and then rinse. You need to rinse thoroughly if you choose to use an anti-bacterial soap. With a saline solution, even a quick rinse will do. Make sure to dry your piercing. You should pat gently to avoid hurting your piercing. Always use disposable paper products for this purpose: cloth towels can harbor bacteria.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips you should follow:

  • Make sure to use a new, relatively soft toothbrush. It’s also best to floss daily to avoid accumulation of bacteria.
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth and apply mouth rinses after every meal.
  • You need to clean your jewelry, too. At first, you should brush the jewelry gently, to prevent damage to the healed piercing. Later, it’s important to brush the jewelry regularly at the same time as you brush your teeth and tongue. This is the only way to prevent accumulation of plaque.
  • Oral piercings tend to swell easily in the first couple of days. To reduce swelling and hotness, you can put a small piece of ice in the mouth and allow it to dissolve on its own.
  • When eating, make sure to do it slowly. Take small bites of the food and place them directly onto the molars. If you have a new tongue piercing, try to keep the tongue level in your mouth as you eat.
  • It’s best to avoid any strong, spicy food and alcohol. It will only damage your piercing and make it burn and hurt.
  • Cold foods and beverages may sometimes help reduce swelling, but don’t go overboard.
  • You piercing may seem healed well before the healing is complete. Remember, a piercing heals from outside in, so you should apply aftercare throughout the whole healing period.
  • Never play with your jewelry during the healing time! The only time when you should even touch your jewelry is during cleaning.
  • Avoid excessive talking or laughing during the first days. Opening your mouth too wide may damage your labret piercing because the inside of the labret can get caught on your teeth.
  • Stay away from any sexual contact (including French kissing) during the first stage of healing.
  • Don’t chew on pencils or other objects. You should also avoid chewing gum.
  • It’s important to change your initial jewelry with a shorter one as soon as the swelling is gone. Since this will happen during the healing time, it’s vital that you ask your piercer to do the jewelry change. Don’t even attempt to change your jewelry by yourself!

Additional Piercing Mistakes to Avoid

Piercing Cleaning You’re probably aware of the most common piercing mistakes you should avoid, but there are more things to keep in mind when getting a piercing. Here is a list of the additional (and sadly, very common) piercing mistakes you should avoid if you want to prevent infections and other problems.

Choose Your Piercer Wisely

It’s important that your chosen piercer is experienced enough. It goes both for general reliability of the shop and a person’s individual experience with the type of the piercing you wish to get. It goes without saying that you should only get pierced at reliable parlors. Never pierce yourself and never allow your friends to pierce you – it is just asking for trouble. It’s important for a piercing to be performed in a safe, sterile environment. It has to be done by a professional, no questions asked about this. Going to a professional and getting pierced at a reliable parlor is an absolute must.

However, it’s not enough. It’s also important that your piercer is experienced with the exact type of piercing you want to get. In case you want a simple and common type of piercing (such as earlobe or navel piercing), any reliable shop would do. For more exotic and risky type of piercings, however, you need to make sure that your chosen piercer is experienced with the type of piercing you want to get. This is particularly true for genital piercings.

Piercing Guns Are Evil

Piercing guns are bad and should never be used. They may seem less intimidating than a piercing needle but in reality, they cause much more harm. Not to mention they can never be sanitized properly, so you are risking serious infections.

Another problem is that they damage the skin with a force. It can end up being very painful, which is the first thing people want to avoid. Also, they lead to scarring and many other problems.

Furthermore, a gun will insert a shorter jewelry into the hole so it will sunk into the piercing. It can lead to even more scarring and infections.

Piercing guns are bad so it’s not surprising that piercing professionals avoid them. Get pierced with a proper piercing needle for the best results.

Wait Before You Change the Jewelry

Ok, we know it: initial jewelry can be kind of boring. It’s usually very plain and non-remarkable. It’s not surprising you want to have something more attractive and unique. However, there is a reason the initial jewelry is the way it is. It’s made specially for a new, healing piercing and it suits it best. It’s important to keep the initial jewelry during the healing process to make the piercing heal properly. Having a simple, plain jewelry is a small price when it comes to health and safety. Keep the initial jewelry during the healing process – this jewelry is specially made to be suitable for the piercing in healing and to be easily sanitized.

Also, it’s good to consult your piercer when you want to change the initial jewelry. When it comes to certain types of piercings, the jewelry has to be changed during the healing time when the swelling goes off. If this is the case, make sure to go to your piercer and have the jewelry changed. Never do it yourself!

Keep Your Hands Away from the Piercing!

Your piercing is best to never be touched or handled in any way, except for cleaning and the aftercare. This is particularly important for the piercing in healing. Rotating jewelry or moving it in any way will only make the wound fresh again. It’s best to leave the jewelry alone so it can heal on its own.

Alcohol is Bad

Alcohol should never be used to clean your piercing. This is particularly true for your healing piercing. Alcohol is too strong and will make your skin dry and irritated. That’s the last thing you want for your new piercing. It’s recommended to use a saline solution or a specialized cleaning product to clean your piercing. When it comes to cleaning your jewelry, it’s best to use cleaners that will not damage the jewelry.

Each Piercing is Individual

Piercings are individual and one person’s experience doesn’t mean much for another person. Your friend might have a completely different reaction to a piercing than you. Your friends can have completely different experience with the whole procedure or different problems with the piercing. This is why you should never listen to their advice when it comes to piercing aftercare or other questions. Consult a professional instead. A professional can help you with any questions you may have regarding your piercing.

Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

Post Body Piercing Care – Personal Care & Hygiene

Body PiercingWalking out of a piercing parlor with a body jewelry piece brilliantly glinting on your eyebrow, ears, tongue, labret, nose or places that cannot be seen? The excitement and the awesome feeling of having got your body pierced helps to ignore the pain. However, just don’t think you did it and are done too early as the painful procedure may be over but the hard part is still to come – taking care of body

The piercer’s done his job and given instructions. Now it’s up to you and how you care for it will determine whether it’s rejected or stays. So read on and follow the instructions through and through to avoid infections and still have a shiny body jewelry sparkling on your eyebrow, labret or ears, even after

  • Never use alcohol or peroxide to clean the pierced area. These are not safe and may enhance the chances of getting an infection. It dries out the skin too.
  • Do not let the body piercing come in contact with other people’s body fluids (sweat, saliva, or anyt others).  Just keep the pierced area off limits for a few days.
  • Avoid diving into public swimming pools before your piercing is fully accepted by the body and is totally healed.
  • Don’t move the body jewelry pierced inside your skin. It may result in a bruise. Just let it be.

And if it has been sometime now and the body piercing still has not healed then go to a doctor.

Follow the above instructions and keep the jewelry and yourself shining!

Piercing and Tattoo Aftercare – Advice You Shouldn’t Ignore

The healing process is the most important process in a body modification. The healing time defines how the end product is going to be accepted into the body, look and feel.  When leaving the shop after getting a tattoo or a body piercing jewelry, instructions are handed out for aftercare. Majority of the clients that receive this aftercare instruction sheet will either not follow it or lose it. Those who do follow and don’t lose the instructions on the aftercare for their new modification have a much greater chance that their new addition to their body will heal correctly without problems.

 

Prevent Infection & Prolong Lifespan of a Body Modification with proper aftercare

 

Whether it is a new piercing, a tattoo, or implants keeping the area clean is the most important thing in preventing infection. Most infections are caused by touching the area with dirty unwashed hands. Using antibacterial or antimicrobial liquid soap to wash your hands is best before touching and/or cleaning the area. This type of soap can also be used to clean the modification itself.

 

Sea Salt is great for healing and cleaning piercings. The reason why it works so well to help clean, reduce redness, swelling, and pain is because it contains many minerals that help activate the body’s natural way of fighting infections and healing wounds. After getting a tattoo or a body jewelry item, it is not recommended to go swimming in any kind of dirty or unclean water source such as a lake, pond, ocean, or chlorinated water until the area is healed.

 

Heal time for each individual piercing and tattoo is different for each individual person because everyone’s body and immune system is different. When piercings are healing it is normal for there to be a slight discharge. If this discharge dries, it will look like “crusties” around the piercing; to take care of this simply clean the area with Sea Salt and warm water.

 

However, if this discharge starts looking like pus, which is thick and usually yellow or greenish, it means infection. Most infections can be healed with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. There is a product out there, also available with us, called H2Ocean that contains Sea Salt and natural antibiotics in a spray form, this makes it easier to clean the piercing and helps it to heal.

 

You can read more about H2Ocean aftercare products at: http://www.thechaingang.com/blog/h2ocean-line-of-body-piercing-aftercare-products/

 

Rotating the body jewelry while cleaning will help the healing process as well. Tattoos heal by scabbing over and peeling. The area where the tattoo is done needs to be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Letting the tattoo dry out can cause the tattoo to over scab and loose pigment color. Tattoo Goo and Vitamin A&D Ointments are great products to help prevent the tattoo from becoming too dry and over scabbing. Often during the healing process the tattoo can become irritated, red, and/or swollen. Putting warm water compresses over that tattoo with a clean washcloth can help these symptoms.

 

Both tattoos and body piercings need to be maintained and cleaned very well at least twice a day after the initial shop visit for about two weeks. Listening to the advice of the licensed professional and following the instructions handed out at the shop on the aftercare instruction sheet about your modification will greatly increase your chances that the piercing or tattoo will heal fine and look great.

 

 

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Common Body Piercing Aftercare Problems and How to Effectively Deal with Them

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Proper aftercare of a piercing makes sure that it turns out to be healthy and flaunt worthy. An irritated and infected piercing is neither healthy, nor does it look good. What will you ever wear in a piercing gone bad? No beautiful jewelry and that defeats the whole purpose of getting a body piercing in the first place!

Here are some aftercare problems that arise after a piercing and ways to take care of them. Continue reading

How to Clean Your Body Jewelry

Have you ever looked at your piercings and discovered your Jewelry is just nasty? Well that is because like all Jewelry, body piercing jewelry needs to be cleaned too. You get a build up of dead skin cells, drainage, lint, and anything else that can make your jewelry dull. Most metal jewelry cleans up best with an ultra sonic cleaner and it will make jewelry look as good as new. Please keep in mind that this does not sterilize your jewelry just cleans it to make it look pretty and new once again. If you decided to get a sonic cleaning done on your jewelry most shops and jewelers charge a fee and expect at least a 20 minute wait so that the Jewelry get the proper time need to clean. Continue reading