Tattoos and piercing tend to go hand in hand, and while we’re not in the business ourselves, we’re happy to help when it comes to piercing aftercare. This article is just to let you know that if you have just got your first piercing, then the following things might happen…
Piercings might bleed for a few days, especially cartilage and genital piercings, so don’t panic if that happens. Even without the bleeding they’ll be tender, swollen and red for a few weeks. As part of the healing process, the skin might tighten around the jewelry, and possible secrete a whitish/yellow fluid. This is NOT pus, and should not be picked off as it’s part of the healing process.
CLEANING A PIERCING
Before cleaning you should wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap.
PIERCINGS ABOVE THE NECK
Using Benzalkonium Chloride as a cleaning solution, remove any dried matter with a cotton bud. Saturate a second cotton bud with cleaner and apply to both ends of the piercing (except oral piercings cos’ it’ll taste like crap). Gently work the cleaner into the piercing by moving it back and forth a few times. Continue this twice daily till piercing is fully healed.
PIERCINGS BELOW THE NECK
Instead of using Benzalkonium Chloride, use liquid anti-bacterial soap as a cleaning solution. You will find it easiest to clean body piercings in the shower. Once any dried matter has been softened remove it with clean hands. Lather up a small amount of anti-bacterial soap in hands then gently work cleaner into the piercing by moving it back and forth a few times. Leave soap in piercing for 2 minutes. Flush with clean water and move jewellery through piercing to remove any traces of soap. Continue this twice daily till piercing is fully healed.
When it comes to oral piercings, use an anti-microbial mouthwash as a cleaning solution. Gargle a tablespoon of this mouthwash three times a day, but no more than that. Saltwater gargles can be used where needed, or sucking on an ice block to reduce swelling can help.