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CLEANING SOLUTIONS

Safecare (for ear and facial piercings /Body Piercings) / or a mild liquid antibacterial, fragrance and colour free soap such as Palmolive Soft Wash. Also, mild non-iodised sea salt soaks as described below

SALT WATER SOAKS

Mild sea salt water soaks are strongly recommended at least once a day to accelerate healing and increase your comfort. This may also help to reduce irritation in the area. Dissolve 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt into one cup of warm to hot water in a disposable clean cup. Distilled water is optimal. A stronger solution is not better as you can burn your piercing with too much salt. Hold it over the area and soak directly for a few minutes. For certain placements it is easier to use a clean cotton ball or gauze pad soaked in the salt water and applied to the pierced area. Follow with a clean water rinse or splash then pat dry with paper products.

Salt water soaks help to stimulate the blood circulation which facilitates healing. You can do a brief salt water soak before your daily cleaning(s) as well as several additional times a day. It is particularly advisable to soak before you do anything active, as it will prevent crust from being pulled inside the piercing as you move around. Salt water is the only additional product (other than the cleanser and water) we suggest you use to take care of your piercing.

One soak per day should be at least a few minutes. Additional soaks can be brief (1 minute or so) and will still be effective for soothing the area and removing matter.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

Body piercings need to be cleaned once or twice daily, every day, for the entire initial healing time. Most people clean morning and/or night, in the shower. Do not clean more often as this can irritate your piercing and possibly delay healing. For once-a-day cleanings, do it at the end of your day. Optimal frequency will depend on your skin sensitivity, activity level and environmental factors.

1. Before cleaning wash hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap and hot water. You may wear disposable latex vinyl gloves. Never, never touch healing piercings with dirty hands. This is vital for avoiding infections.

2. Prepare the area for cleansing by rinsing or soaking with warm water and be sure to remove any stubborn crust using a cotton swab and warm water. Never pick with fingernails!

3. Apply a small handful of cleaning solution to the area with your clean hands. Cleanse the area and jewellery. Do not rotate the jewellery.

4. Allow the solution to stay in place for a minute. You may bathe normally, just don't purposely work anything other than cleanser onto the piercing.

5. Rinse the area thoroughly under running water to completely remove the cleanser.

6. Gently pat dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, as cloth towels can harbour bacteria.

Try to be patient, each body is unique and healing times can vary considerably. If your piercing is tender or secreting you should continue the care regimen, even if it past the stated average healing time range.

HEALING TIMES

Body: Navel 6-8 months
Nipple 6-8 weeks
Facial: Ear lobe 6-8 weeks
Ear cartilage 6-12 months
Nostril 2-3 months
Septum 6-8 weeks
Bridge 4-6 weeks
Eye Brow 2-3 months
SURFACE 6-12 months

WHAT IS NORMAL?

Bleeding, bruising, discolouration and/or swelling is not uncommon. Any break in the skin, including a new piercing can bleed or bruise. These are not indications of any complication. Reduce intake of aspirin, alcohol, drugs and caffeine. For above the neck piercings try sleeping with your head elevated above your heart (prop up on pillows) to limit overnight swelling. Studies show non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products such as Ibuprofen (Neurofen) can help minimise swelling.

Some tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual. You may feel stinging, burning, aching or other unpleasant sensations on and off for several days or longer. During healing there may be some itching.

Secretion of a fluid which contains blood plasma, lymph and dead cells is perfectly normal. It is fairly liquid, whitish-yellow in colour and forms a crust on the jewellery at the openings of the piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

Once healed your piercing may secrete a semi-solid white malodorous substance from the oil glands called sebum. This is not pus, but indicates a healed piercing.

Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of 'ups and downs' during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Be patient and keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.

Tightness is normal. Do not expect jewellery to swing freely in most body piercings, even after they are thoroughly healed.

HINTS FOR PARTICULAR AREAS

NAVEL

  • Avoid tight, clinching belts, waistbands and inflexible clothing on the area during healing.

EAR/EAR CARTILAGE AND FACIAL

  • Shield piercings from hair spray and avoid getting lotion make up and other foreign substances in piercings.
  • Make sure pillow cases are clean and changed frequently
  • Clean your telephone receiver with a disinfectant and avoid contact with public telephones.

SURFACE PIERCINGS

  • These types of piercings need to be carefully considered before attempting, although sometimes successful they can also reject resulting in scarring.

WHAT TO DO

  • Wash your hands prior to contact on or near the area of your healing piercing.
  • Leave the piercing alone except for when you are cleaning it. It is not necessary or advisable to rotate the ring while healing.
  • Leave the starter jewellery in during the entire minimum initial healing time! (Assuming your initial jewellery is appropriate in terms of metal content, style and size. Inappropriate jewellery should be changed by a professional). Those with captive style rings or barbells (straight, bent or circular) can change the bead/ball portion of the jewellery at any time.
  • Check twice daily with clean hands to make sure the balls are screwed on tight on threaded jewellery such as barbells. Both balls tighten to the right.
  • If you like your piercing leave your jewellery in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been in there for years! This varies from person to person and even if your earlobe piercings stay open without jewellery your body piercing may not! Contact your piercer when your jewellery must be temporarily removed, such as for a medical procedure. Monofilament nylon or other inert non-metallic substance may be able to be inserted to maintain the piercing until jewellery can be reinserted.
  • Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while you are healing, especially if pets get in your bed.
  • Wear clean comfortable, breathable fabric clothing in the area of a body piercing.
  • A multi-vitamin mineral supplement containing Zinc and Vitamin C may help boost your body's healing abilities. Take it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Get enough sleep, eat a nutritious diet, avoid undue stress, recreational drugs and alcohol consumption. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.
  • Showering is safer than taking a bath as bath tubs tend to harbour bacteria. To bathe safely, clean your tub with a bleach product before each bath and rinse the tub before you fill it. Also be sure to do a running water rinse on your piercing when you are finished in the bath.
  • In the event that the piercing drains a thick pus discharge instead of the normal liquid secretion, you may wish to see a physician for evaluation and possible antibiotic treatment. If you do have an infection, the jewellery should be left in the piercing to allow for drainage of pus. If the jewellery is removed the holes can close up, resulting in an abscess. LEAVE YOUR JEWELLERY IN!

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Don't use alcohol, peroxide , betadine, tea tree oil or hibiclens as they are overly strong and drying which may hinder healing.
  • Don't overclean. Cleaning more often than twice a day is NOT better. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
  • Don't use too many different products; select and use only one cleaning solution (such as Safecare) plus sea salt.
  • Avoid oral contact, rough play and contact with others body fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
  • Don't use band aids on a healing piercing. They limit air circulation and the adhesive can irritate the surrounding area.
  • Avoid sleeping on a piercing during healing
  • Don't hang charms or any object from your jewellery until the piercing is fully healed.
  • Avoid submerging your piercings in water such as pools, lakes and spas unless you feel confident that the water is clean enough for you and an open wound (Which is what your piercing is while it is healing). Most bodies of water contain large amounts of bacteria. If there is sea life, motor oil or children in the water it is not clean enough!
  • Exercise during healing is fine, just 'listen' to your body. Try to avoid activities that put undue stress on the area. Your own sweat and bodily fluids are not harmful to your piercing, provided you clean daily as directed. A saline rinse can be helpful during exercise or when in an environment where your piercing may be exposed to dirt, dust or sweat.

DISCLAIMER

These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. However be aware that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercing and may not be educated on how best to assist you.