GENERAL PIERCING AFTERCARE
We highly recommend Neilmed Sterile Saline Solution for piercing aftercare, or a sea salt solution mixture. Dissolve 1∕8 to 1⁄4 teaspoon of non-iodized, fine grain sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a salt solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.
Long-term aftercare is just as important as short-term. The more you care about how you treat your skin, the longer your tattoo will uphold its sheen. After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. PROTECT your tattoo with a minimum of 30 SPF sunblock. Always keep your tattoos moisturized, especially in areas prone to fading like hands, feet, elbows, etc. This will help keep the tattoo intact longer and less prone to fading over the years.
WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOUR PIERCING?
INITIALLY: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, and/or bruising. DURING HEALING: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid 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 might seem healed before the healing process is complete. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire initial healing period.
WHAT TO AVOID
- AVOID cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial, or other soaps containing triclosan 2, iodine, or any harsh products, 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 (sold in our studio).
- 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.
Pens & Needles Body Piercing and Fine Jewelry (LLC) provides these aftercare instructions to assist you in healing your new piercing. These instructions are prepared in accordance with The Regulations of the El Paso County Board of Health Chapter 6 Body Art Regulations.
These guidelines are based on a combination of professional experience, research, and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercing. Our local piercer may be able to refer you to a piercing-friendly medical professional. If your body artist is unavailable consult a physician or seek medical attention. In the event, infection is suspected DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELRY. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal in the infection and result in an abscess.
It is advised that these aftercare instructions are followed throughout the entire healing process to aid in the healing of your piercing. If you have questions or concerns please contact our studio directly at the contact information below.