We suggest using a sterile saline spray two to three times daily. Saline spray is isotonic, which means you cannot have an adverse reaction to it, and the spray remains sterile inside the bottle, so there's no chance of it contaminating your piercing. It also feels refreshing on a healing piercing, and it's very convenient. You can take it with you to work, school, sport practices - pretty much anywhere!
All you have to do is spray the piercing and let it air dry. This cleans the outside of your piercing by flushing away any build up or debris that may be in contact with the piercing. There is no need to spray the inside of your piercing, nor is there need to rotate or twist your jewelry to help the spray get inside the piercing, because the body will heal the inside if you keep the outside clean.
Be sure to rinse thoroughly after showering to ensure there is no residue from your body care products. These products tend to be full of fragrances, dyes, and other ingredients that can irritate your new piercing. Rinsing an extra 2 - 5 minutes at the end of every shower will also remove any of the piercing's crusty discharge. Think of the crusty discharge like a scab: it will fall off when it's ready, so there is no need to pick it off yourself. In your daily routines, avoid getting products like makeup, lotions, and hair styling products on your piercing.
Other things to be mindful of when healing your new piercing:
• Your initial piercing will be tender, and a bit of redness, swelling and discharge will occur. This discharge may be clear, yellow, white or green. These are all normal characteristics of a healing piercing and are not cause for concern.
• Infection is rare. If you suspect an infection, please come in to see your piercer as soon as you can, and be sure to leave jewelry in the piercing.
• Be healthy. Eat well, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep. The better you feel, the better your new piercing will feel (and look!).
• Don't handle your piercing unless necessary. If you have to touch it, wash your hands first. Every time you handle your piercing you irritate it, which can lead to excessive swelling, redness, and irritation bumps.
• Don't rotate or twist the jewelry. This leads to irritation.
• Avoid sleeping directly on your new piercing. This leads to irritation.
• Try not to snag the jewelry on clothing, towels, sheets, etc. Prong-set gems can be more easily snagged, so if you are wearing a prong-set piece of jewelry, take extra care when changing clothing or toweling off.
• Sleep on clean sheets. If it is a facial or ear piercing, be extra mindful of regularly changing your pillow case.
• Don't let pets sleep in your bed while healing a piercing
Sometimes getting a proper fit for a healed piercing is hard to do on your own but the right fit leads to happy and healthy piercing. Furthermore, some piercings do better when the jewelry is shortened 2-4 weeks into healing. Your piercer will advise you at the time of the piercing if this applies to you. We are happy to schedule this right away to protect your piercing.
We provide each client with a detailed aftercare sheet with each piercing. If you've lost yours or need additional information, feel free to give us a call or stop in.