Cleaning your new piercing need only be done once per day and most consider it easiest to accomplish the task in the shower. Done more than this can lead to irritation and potentially delay the healing time of the piercing.
Wash your hand thoroughly prior to touching your piercing. The most common cause of infection is touching a piercing with dirty hands!
Prepare the area for cleaning by removing any of the crusted matter that may be on the jewelry or the surrounding area. This is easy to do by allowing the water fro the shower to run over the area, or by using a disposable cotton swap saturated in warm water. Do Not pick this off with your fingernail.
- Place a small amount of the cleaning solution on your fingertips.
- Lather the area with the cleaning solution and work the lather into the jewelry.
- Allow the solution to remain on the area for about a minute.
- Rinse the area thoroughly under running water and remove all of the cleaning solution.
- Gently pat the area dry.
Healing Time: What to expect
A normally healing piercing might:
- Be tender, swollen, itchy and/or slightly red for a few weeks.
- Bleed a little for the first few days.
- Secrete a whitish to yellow discharge that can form into a crust at the piercing site and on the jewelry. This is not pus and indicates a normally healing piercing.
|Piercing Area||Healing Time|
|Eye Brow||2-4 Weeks|
|Ear Rim Cartilage||2-4 Weeks|
|Ear Lobe/td>||2-4 Weeks|
|Ear (Tragus)||2-4 Weeks|
|Surface Piercing (skin diver or dermal anchor)||2-4 Weeks|
Healing time for each piercing is different. If the piercing is done correctly using sterile tools, top quality jewelry and following proper aftercare instructions, the healing should be fast and trouble free.
Protect piercings from hair spray and avoid getting lotions, make-up or other foreign substances into the piercings. Be sure that pillow cases are clean and changed frequently. Clean your telephone receiver with a disinfecting solution and avoid contact with public telephones.
- BELLY BUTTON
Avoid tight waistbands, belt and clothing that restrict the area during healing. A hard vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be worn under tight clothing to protect the area from excess friction and/or impact during physical activities or contact sports.