You’ve just received a body piercing by a skilled and knowledgeable professional who cleaned and disinfected the area pierced, used sterile instruments, jewellery and single use needle.
Choose an aftercare product that will aide in healing piercings. A pre-packaged solution, like SimpleCare Piercing Aftercare. You will also want to use a mild, liquid, unscented soap to clean the piercing.
Cleaning a Piercing
Always wash your hands with a mild soap before touching your fresh piercing.
Touching your piercing with dirty hands can easily result in an infection. While in the shower wash away any crusted matter from the jewellery and the area surrounding the piercing.
- Choose an aftercare product that is specifically formulated to be used on a piercing.
- DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin, Bactine, Alcohol etc. on a fresh piercing!
- Over the counter products were never intended to be used as piercing aftercare.
- We recommend PunkMedics Natural Aftercare products for your piercing.
Cleaning a Piercing
- Always wash your hands with a mild soap like SimpleCleanse before touching your fresh piercing.
Touching your piercing with dirty hands can easily result in an infection.
- While in the shower wash away any crusted matter from the jewelry and the area surrounding the piercing.
- Place a small drop of SimpleCleanse into the palm of your hands, rub together till lather forms and clean your piercing and surrounding area.
- Wait 30 seconds, and then let water run over the piercing and thoroughly rinse the soap off of your skin.
Piercing Aftercare Spray
- Ensure hands and piercing are clean and rinsed using a mild soap like SimpleCleanse
- To reduce redness and irritation of a fresh piercing, spray a small amount of SimpleCare directly on your piercing 2 to 3 times per day for the first 72 hours after your procedure
- Use as needed after the first 72 hours
- Allow to dry and do not wipe off
- Please wash hands again with SimpleCleanse after handling your piercing
- Continue to use SimpleCare whenever your healed piercing is irritated
For Oral Piercings:
For the first 2 weeks, rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash, such as Biotiene, twice a day. Use bottled water to rinse after eating, drinking or smoking. After 2 weeks, you may cut back to rinsing 2 to 4 times daily. Avoid excessive talking, playing with the jewellery and all oral sexual contact (including wet kissing) during the healing time. Brush your teeth regularly. Avoid spicy, hot, salty, and/or acidic foods/drinks. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. We do suggest the use of a new tooth brush.
Do not play with the jewellery, this includes moving it while cleaning it. The jewellery will not stick to your skin.
What not to use
DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin, Bactine, Alcohol, Iodine, Peroxide, Spectro-Jel, anti-bacterial or anti-microbial soaps etc. on a fresh piercing!
What not to do
Touching your new piercing without thoroughly washing your hands first. Letting others touch your new piercing. Playing with your piercing while it is still in its healing period. Clogging the piercing with makeup or lotion. Changing your jewellery earlier than your piercer suggests. Changing the jewellery to something low quality and/or externally threaded. Neglecting daily cleanings.
What is Normal
Initially, some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising. During healing: Mild bruising can occur. Some discolouration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid that will form crust on the jewellery. The tissue may tighten around the jewellery as it heals.
Once healed: The jewellery 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 may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Hints and Tips
Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewellery, leave it in place for the entire healing period.
A qualified piercer should perform any necessary jewellery change that occurs during healing.
Contact your piercer if your jewellery must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewellery alternatives. Leave jewellery in at all times. Even old, well healed piercings can shrink and close in minutes even after having been there for years! If removed re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check the threaded ends on your jewellery for tightness. (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”)
Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, seek professional help in the removal of the jewellery and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.
Sleeping on or bumping your piercing will slow healing and cause lumps. Oral piercings that are constantly played with will rip and cause white bumpy scar tissue. Using alcohol wipes, Dettol, betadine, listerine or any harsh products will harm your piercing. Don’t friggin’ use em!