A piercing, much like a tattoo, is one of the most dynamic symbols of self-expression. We’ve consulted with top parlor operators to compile these simple instructions for safe healing. Of course, it’s always important to follow the directions of your professional piercer closely to ensure the safest possible healing process and the long life of your piercing.
Starting Off: The Basics:
- Do not pull, tug or play with jewelry during the healing process.
- Do not use antibacterial ointments.
- Do not apply alcohol or peroxide.
- Be sure to wear clothing that will not get caught on jewelry.
The Healing Process:
Small Buildup is Normal
During the first few weeks of healing, you may see a small buildup around the jewelry. This is normal, and your body excretes a small amount of pus during the healing process. To remove it, use a moist cotton swab with Tattoo Goo® Deep Cleansing Soap to work out any buildup on your jewelry.
Consistent & Frequent Cleaning is Important
New piercings should be cleaned 2-3 times per day. You are exposed to many germs and bacteria throughout the day that may cause infections. Be sure to wash your hands each time before handling your piercing. Healing time varies depending on the piercing. Ask your piercer how long you will need to continue the cleaning regiment.
Bleeding Is Normal
Bleeding may be present in the first few hours after getting the piercing. If bleeding continues up to 48 hours after, be sure to consult your piercing professional.