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.