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AVOID CONTAMINATING THE PIERCING

Touching your fresh or healing piercing is the most common way that problems and infection start.

  • Touching your fresh or healing piercing is the most common way that problems and infection start.
  • Try not to touch on or around the piercing, but if you must, make sure your hands are clean.  
  • Keep your piercing protected during physical jobs or activities that may make them dirty.
  • Keeping your sleeping environment clean can really make a difference. Replace bed linens regularly and try to not let pets in your bed while healing.
  • Avoid soaking in water like baths, pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes or oceans. Showers are fine.
  • Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

AVOID IRRITATING THE PIERCING:

  • Friction or physical stresses can really complicate healing.This means touching, turning, tugging, or otherwise moving your jewelry around in the piercing. Physical stresses like these would be similar to picking a scab off a cut everyday. Likethe cut, the piercing will react badly to this disruption resulting in longer healing times and scarring.
  • No rotation of the jewelry is necessary, your skin will not "grow" onto the jewelry. Some days the jewelry will feel stuck in place, other days it will move freely, both are normal and should be allowed.
  • Sleeping on a piercing can cause numerous problems, try to avoid it whenever possible. We have found a U-shaped neck pillow, like one you may take on an airplane, is helpful to avoid sleeping directly on fresh ear piercings.  
  • As your piercing heals and swelling subsides, it is important to have your piercer replace the original piercing jewelry with a shorter, more fitted piece of jewelry. Downsizing your jewelry in a timely manner avoids unnecessary pressure from longer posts that can cause migration and unsightly bumps. When you get pierced, you will be told a good timeframe for downsizing and it is recommended that a piercer helps with this jewelry change since it is usually done while the piercing is still healing.

CLEANSE IN A WAY THAT MINIMIZES TRAUMA:

  • A fluid is produced by all wounds as part of the natural healing process. These "crusts" come out clear, pale straw yellow or pale pink and tend to dry to a darker honey amber tone. These are normal and do not signify an infection. 
  • Red, dark yellow, green or grey liquid could be a sign of an issue and we encourage you to talk to us for further information.
  • Carefully reduce "crusties" and contaminates with warm, clean running water. A daily shower is suggested.
  • Wetting the piercing briefly at the beginning of the shower will allow the "crusties" to soften as you continue the rest of your normal showering. At the end of the shower, point the spray of water to run directly onto the piercing for a full minute or two. This copious flow of water will safely remove the softened debris and surface contaminates without moving the jewelry.
  • It is ok if some debris is left, you'll get it next time. Harsh or over cleaning can be more problematic than just leaving it for the next day.
  • Avoid cleaning with Betadine, Hibiclens, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other antibacterial soaps, especially those containing triclosan, as these can damage healing tissue.
  • Also avoid Neosporin and other ointments as they will sit on the surface of the piercing and prevent necessary air circulation.
  • Avoid Bactine, "pierced ear care" solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK).

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ISOTONIC ENVIRONMENT: 

  • Finish each cleaning with a quick full rinse with 0.9% Sterile Saline Spray like NeilMed Aftercare Spray. (9mg/ml)
  • We sell this in the shop with a fine misting tip specially made for piercing use, or it can be found in the first aid aisle of most drug stores labels as "Wound Wash" please double check that it has no additional ingredients.
  • Saline for contacts or products for nasal spray should not be used. 
  • Piercings may then be air dried or gently blotted dry with a single use lint free paper towel or gauze.
  • Special note should be paid to a piercing in a tight area, like the Rook or Navel. Avoid keeping the skin area behind the jewelry wet, day after day, for prolonged period.

ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE:

Lip piercings can be taken care of just like a regular piercing, with the addition of these two steps:

 

  • After eating or smoking, swish your mouth out with bottled or distilled water.
  • Oral piercings can swell quite a bit. To keep that swelling under control, you can drink cold drinks, use cold compresses or take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.

 

Tongue piercings  can be taken care of by just following these two steps, no need to use saline:

 

  • After eating or smoking, swish your mouth out with bottled or distilled water.
  • Oral piercings can swell quite a bit. To keep that swelling under control, you can drink cold drinks, use cold compresses or take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.
If we can do anything to help you, here is how to contact us:
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Amazing service and clean environment

Erika was the most professional yet down to earth person. She made me feel so comfortable about getting my piercing. It was one of the most painless experiences and honestly didn't hurt. I've heard getting your daith pierced hurts like heck. I don't know how she did it but it never once throbbed or got infected. I was even able to sleep on it that very night. I will never go anywhere else for piercings again. Bravo Erika! Bravo!!

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I absolutely love my new piercing. I am so happy that she convinced me to get the Flat instead of the forward helix like I planned. I cant wait until I can get the other two, to make it a triple flat. The jewelry I purchased with it is amazing as well, I love the color selection.