GENERAL EXTERNAL AFTERCARE
DO NOT TOUCH/MOVE/PLAY WITH YOUR PIERCING!!!
Wash your hands before cleaning the piercing
Clean your piercing 2-3 times a day using only SALINE SOLUTION (you can purchase these here )
DO NOT use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, Savlon or any other harsh products.
Soak the piercing for 2-5 minutes with the saline solution, using a paper towel or clean gauze. Do not use cotton buds/pads or balls as tiny fibres can get caught around the jewellery.
Gently wipe away any residue that may have dried on the skin
Dry your piercing with a clean paper towel and leave it exposed
- Over-cleaning or vigorous cleaning
- Friction from tight clothing, excessive motion
- Playing with the jewellery (it is not necessary to rotate or push it)
- Personal care and beauty products (soaps,make-up etc.)
- Contact with other bodily fluids
Keep the jewellery that you have been pierced with in for the FULL time of healing!
Fully healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes even after being there for years, so keep your jewellery in at all times!
Rinse your mouth for (30 seconds) with ALCOHOL FREE MOUTHWASH after ANY meal, drink or snack; and if you smoke after each cigarette.
Maintain good oral hygiene, avoid harsh or alcohol containing mouthwash. Saline Solution can also be used for rinsing instead of mouthwash.
If the piercing is both inside and outside your mouth (Labret, Madonna, Medusa) the outside of the piercing must also be cleaned following the same procedure that is used for ‘General External Aftercare’
For at least 3 weeks you need to AVOID:
Eating spicy, salty, acidic or hot temperature foods or drinks
Fresh fruit juices
Alcohol, aspirin and large amount of caffeine
Oral sexual contact, including wet kissing
Choose something mild and soft to eat: anything that will be easy for you to chew and swallow. Take your time with your food and extra care while eating.
Swelling will occur a lot more during an oral piercing so make sure you drink plenty of cold water or suck an ice cube to reduce it. If you’re able to, pain killers such as ibuprofen or homeopathic Arnica tablets can help also.
Surface piercings & micro dermal anchors have a greater chance of rejection and migration than any other piercing. If rejection or migration is suspected, the surface piercing or micro dermal should be removed as soon as possible by your piercer.
Avoid any irritation or accidental catching of the piercing site as well as any cosmetics on the area, exactly the same way as with any piercing.
For aftercare please follow the ‘General External Aftercare’ instructions.
Soak your piercing 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes in a clean cup of SALINE SOLUTION.
Soak your piercing 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes by inverting a clean cup of SALINE SOLUTION over the area.
It may be easier to follow general external aftercare and use a clean paper towel or gauze.
Any form of cream, antiseptic or cosmetics (soaps, shower gels, body lotions) for the full time of healing – these are intended for external use only and can cause irritation if they get under the skin.
Wearing tight underwear or any items of clothing that can create too much pressure against unhealed piercing.
Sexual activities for 2-3 weeks, always use condoms as protection for the FULL time of healing!