Healing Your New Piercing
The only thing we recommend is saline solution or sea salt and warm water!
We have H2Ocean available for purchase at the shop if you prefer not to mix your own saline solution.
To mix your own sea salt water:
Take half a dixie cup of warm water
Dissolve half a teaspoon of sea salt in the warm water by stirring with a q-tip
Push the piercing forward, or rotate it to expose the bar and clean both sides.
Do this morning, noon and night for at least 6 weeks.
Swelling for the first week or so is normal. Please take ibuprofen to manage the tenderness and swelling.
Please be aware, piercings will be tender for the first couple of weeks. Cartilage piercings are tender for much longer.
Inner cartilage like the conch will be tender for much longer. It can take anywhere between 3 to 6 months for a conch to be completely healed.
Always wash your hands before touching your piercing.
Some discharge is normal, if it is red, white or yellow, you are fine, just clean it off.
If the discharge is green, go to the doctor to get some antibiotics before it gets worse, otherwise you may be forced to take out your piercing.
If the swelling does not go down, switching the jewelry for a longer bar is possible, so please contact your piercer.
Please contact your piercer at the first sign of any problems so they can counsel you before the issue worsens.
Do not wear make-up on or around your piercing for the first month, this can irritate it!
Outer Mouth Piercings: ( lips, cheeks, labrets)
Use the Sea Salt and Q-tip method on any outer part of the piercing.
Piercings on Inside of the Mouth:
For two weeks:
Alternate Sea Salt Water and Listerine at least three times a day each, throughout the day.
Use Listerine after you eat.
*after the swelling has gone down, usually after two to three weeks, you can switch your lip or tongue piercing for a shorter bar.*
Additional Mouth Warnings!
DO NOT SMOKE for the first three weeks with a mouth piercing. If you happen to slip up, use Listerine after!
For Tongues, it helps to carry around a big gulp sized cup of ice. Set the ice on your tongue throughout the day and let it melt. Do not suck on or chew the ice.
Avoid straws and any sucking motions
Avoid Spicy foods.
A healing piercing is the most critical part of getting a new piercing. When you get a new piercing from a professional piercer, your piercer will be using sterile equipment and will take the precautions needed to ensure your piercing is done correctly and safely. However, when you leave with your fresh piercing it’s up to you to ensure that the piercing is cleaned and taken care of properly to reduce the risk of infection and further irritation.
A clean piercing ensures that the new piercing will heal quickly and without complication. Here we will explain the proper ways to clean your new piercing and provide you with information that will be useful for you during the process. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing when cleaning it. You’ll also always want to keep the piercing free of blood, or any other bodily excrement.
If you are unable to mix the salt solution, you can use sanitary wipes to clear the area around the fresh piercing. Cleaning the piercing itself will require you to move the piercing slightly to expose more of the bar. You’ll want to wipe and clean the actual piercing on both sides. Make sure to get behind the front ball or gem, and also the space between the backing and your skin.
We find it easiest to clean the piercing with a clean Qtip. It’s recommended that you do this process a couple times per day. Also, it is important to ensure that whatever surface your new piercing will come in contact with is clean and free of unhygienic blemishes (such as pillows, blankets, shirts, etc.).
The way we recommend you clean the piercing is with sea salt and warm water. Take half a dixie cup of warm water and about a half a teaspoon of sea salt ( non-iodized DO NOT USE TABLE SALT). Dissolve the sea salt in warm water by stirring it with a Qtip. Then you’ll want to push the piercing forward and clean the metal and the skin. Then you push it back and make sure to get the backing as well. Morning, noon and night for at least six weeks.
Some piercings may be rotated instead of pushed forward like septums and anything with a ring. The point is to expose as much metal as possible on both sides to ensure the piercing is clean.
If there’s any trouble with your piercing, please feel free to call the shop with any questions you may have. Feel free to send any pictures of it as well so we can further assist you.
Common Piercing Problems:
How to get rid of a Keloid or Piercing Bump
When your new piercing develops any sort of abnormality during the healing process, it can be pretty unsettling. Especially when you’re unsure of what exactly is happening. Here, we’ll focus more on what you can do to deal with different issues that could occur, or even get rid of some types of abnormalities. It’s important to note that if you’re ever unsure what it is that has formed on or around your new piercing, contact your piercer and send them a picture. If your piercing is secreting green fluid, take the piercing out and contact a healthcare provider.
Piercing bumps are actually more common than people may think. These are the easiest to deal with. A piercing bump occurs when the jewelry is not perpendicular to the skin that it’s resting in. This is because one side of the jewelry is pushing down on one side of the healing wound and exposing more of the other side. This creates a red “bump” on the obtuse portion of the angled piercing. The best way to think of this is as an “irritation bump”. If you notice a piercing bump, just make sure that you don’t poke it, slice it, or do anything to aggravate it. Doing so may lead to further complication, scarring, and infection. What you can do is make sure that you’re cleaning your piercing properly with a saline solution three times a day (morning, noon, and night) for the entire duration of the healing process (typically 6 weeks). If left alone, a piercing bump will eventually go away and your piercing will heal normally with no fuss or further abnormality.
Localized Piercing Pimple
A localized piercing pimple is exactly what it sounds like: a pimple. It may be very disconcerting to notice that your new piercing has a pimple directly on, or near the hole where the jewelry is placed. However, just like the “piercing bump” this is a more common occurrence than people may think. This pimple is formed because there is a small, localized infection at or around the new piercing. When you notice that your new piercing has developed a piercing pimple there are two things that you must do. Firstly, it is okay to drain the pimple. When draining it, make sure that you’re careful not to let the leakage seep into the piercing. Additionally, you’ll want to clean the piercing three times a day with your saline solution as normal. Avoid using pimple creams and other typical remedies for regular pimples. Using creams, ointments, or any other methods could aggravate and cause additional complications with your healing piercing. Please make sure you are not wearing make-up anywhere close to a new piercing for at least one month after getting a piercing.
It is important to note, that rejection can happen to any piercing, at any point in the piercing’s lifetime. When your jewelry begins to migrate (move from its original placement) this an early sign that your body is starting to “reject” the piercing. This could be for a few reasons. For example, if you’re allergic to certain metals, have a pre-existing medical condition, or develop an infection you could run the possibility of potential rejection. Essentially, rejection is when your body tries to expel (or reject) an object that is unnatural in your skin. When you notice the piercing hole start to grow it is the final sign that your piercing is in fact starting to reject. At this point, you need to take the piercing out. Leaving it in would only cause more harm and lead to worse scarring. At the point when you take your piercing out, it’s advised that you let that wound heal completely before considering getting any other piercing. Unfortunately, if a piercing has rejected once, chances are if you get one in the same place the same thing will happen again, unless the original piercing was done shallow to begin with.
Keloids are less common than people actually think. Oftentimes, people will refer to a piercing bump as a keloid. The major difference is that a piercing bump is a bodily reaction to wound irritation and skin trauma. A keloid is scar tissue that mounds and grows around a piercing when it’s healing. Piercing bumps are temporary and go away within weeks after they’re formed, whereas a keloid is scar tissue that won’t easily go away. If you start to develop a keloid around your new piercing, and you have already tried the tea tree oil method, then you should take the piercing out. The larger a keloid is, the more difficult it is to get rid of. You can rub tea tree oil into it 2-3 times a day. This helps speed up the healing process immensely, but it takes weeks at best. Some people choose to have keloids medically removed, but I know from experience, most keloids will go away on their own. I had a couple that took three years to go away, but then I did not use tea tree oil on them from when they first appeared. The key is to baby your piercing at the first sign of trouble.