General Aftercare

What to Expect from a Normal Healing Piercing

  • May be tender, itchy or bruised for a few weeks.
  • May bleed a little for the first few days.
  • May be slightly red. Redness may persist on and off for the entire healing period.
  • May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid, which may crust on the jewelry. This is lymph discharge and will stop when the piercing is healed.
  • May be swollen. An ice pack wrapped in a clean disposable paper towel and applied to the swollen area will help alleviate the swelling. An over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Advil, Aleve or Motrin may also help reduce swelling.
  • May need to be checked periodically to insure threaded jewelry is still tight. Threaded jewelry is like anything else, “righty tighty, lefty loosey”. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your jewelry.

Cleaning How-To

Sea Salt Soaks

  • Mix 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt into one gallon of distilled water (the ratio is important, so measure carefully!).
  • Pour some of this solution into a clean, disposable cup, warm it up in the microwave (not too hot!! Warm bath-water temperature is perfect), and completely submerge your piercing into the water for 7 – 10 minutes.
  • When you’re finished with your soak, rinse your piercing thoroughly and gently pat it dry with a clean disposable paper towel.
  • Hot compresses made from disposable paper towels may be used for difficult soaking sites (like bridges or napes) but are not as effective, so submerging the piercing is always advisable if possible.
  • Sea salt soaks should be done 2 – 3 times daily if it is the only aftercare method you are using.

Sterile Sea Salt Spray

  • Mist the entire piercing area and allow the solution to dry and soak into the skin, then rinse the area with clean water.
  • Do this every 3-4 hours.
  • When using a sea salt spray, it is advisable to sea salt soak your piercing every couple of days, but multiple daily soaks are unnecessary and may lead to irritation.

In The Shower

  • Avoid getting shampoo, conditioner, body wash or other products near the piercing as much as possible.
  • At the end of your shower, wash the skin around the piercing with a mild liquid soap. Avoid turning, twisting or rotating the jewelry as you do this, the soap should not get INTO the piercing.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly, as soap residue can irritate your piercing.
  • Soaps containing high amounts of perfumes, dyes or the active ingredient Triclosan (found in most anti-bacterial products) tend to irritate healing piercings, and should be avoided.
  • Naked Soap (a natural skin cleanser) is available at our shop, and our staff is always willing to help if you are having trouble finding an appropriate soap.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

Additional Care For Oral Piercings

  • Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after eating, drinking, smoking or putting anything in your mouth. Alcohol based mouthwashes are too harsh and will irritate your piercing.
  • 3 – 5 times a day, rinse with a warm sea salt water solution (using your pre-made gallon). Sea salt water rinses will speed and ease the healing process.
  • Brush your teeth 3 times a day using a new toothbrush.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for the first few weeks of your healing period. Alcoholic beverages will increase your swelling and may make your piercing bleed.
  • Cut down or stop smoking. Smokers may experience considerably longer healing times.
  • EAT!!! It’s important to keep your body healthy while you’re healing your piercing. Soft and bite sized foods will be easiest for the first week or two. Try and avoid hot, spicy or crunchy foods until your piercing is healed.
  • Most oral piercings will need to be downsized 2 – 4 weeks into your healing period. Wearing the initial “starter” jewelry once your swelling has subsided may lead to dental damage. Come back and see your piercer when you’re ready for a downsize to insure you get properly sized jewelry. To help you avoid complications, we’re more than happy to put your new jewelry in for you as well. Except for downsizing, jewelry should not be changed until your piercing is completely healed.

Aftercare Products

Premium Piercing Aftercare Products Available Here!

Wound Wash

NeilMed Piercing Aftercare

NeilMed piercing aftercare gentle mist saline spray with a special mist tip is isotonic, drug free, preservative free, no burning or stinging. Sterile saline solution that cleanses minor wounds and scrapes without any burning or stinging. Sprays in any position, including when inverted.

Sterile, drug free, and preservative free
No burning or stinging
Portable, convenient for travel or on-the-go

opti

Opti-Scrub Antimicrobial Soap

Opti-Scrub is a ready to use, highly effective emolliated, antimicrobial hand and skin cleanser. It is especially useful in areas where the control of direct cross-contamination is important.

Opti-Scrub meets OSHA bloodborne pathogen requirements for effective handwashing in healthcare facilities and is formulated following strict FDA Good Manufacturing Practices.
Opti-Scrub is safe for use as an antimicrobial hand cleanser, a full body skin wash, and may safely be used on the hair or scalp.

lakeview

Lake View Mouthwash

Lake View Labs Mouthwash is an alcohol-free, antimicrobial oral rinse. It does not sting, has a pleasant taste, and is available in convenient 4oz bottles.

naked

Naked Alternative Aftercare

This certified organic handmade soap is gentle, while being a superior cleanser. Its foamy texture rinses away clean. It is formulated especially for body piercings, with a blend of tea tree and lavender.

Naked Alternative Aftercare Soap is specially formulated with organic coconut and olive oil to cleanse skin without unnecessary chemicals that can strip the skin of its natural ability to heal. Naked Soap is made in small batches with the finest natural ingredients, and is 87% organic, certified vegan, and sulfate free.

nakedoil

Naked Alternative Aftercare Oil

A great way to nurture and heal your piercing naturally. Skin is constantly creating it’s own oil to help carry away bacteria and keep out environmental toxins. When it is disrupted, by body piercing or any other type of irritation or abrasions, the body needs help to regenerate new skin cells at the surface. Lavender has both an anti-inflammatory and cicatrizing (wound healing) effect. It is also a mild anesthetic, which soothes irritated skin. Tea tree oil aids in dissolving lumps of white blood cells at the surface, which form pus and allows your bloodstream to clean them away. Castor oil stimulates your lymphatic system, encouraging rapid healing.

emu

Desert Palms Emu Oil

Desert Palms Emu Ranch emu oil is a natural alternative to aftercare for piercing and tattoos. Our oil is refined using a non-chemical process to get out all the impurities. Our oil is fully refined and is suitable for pharmaceutical usage. (not all emu oils are) Even though it is an oil, it has been proven that emu oil does not clog the pores, therefore allowing the skin to breath during the healing process. (unlike most commercially made aftercare products that are petroleum based) Studies have shown that emu oil penetrates through all layers of the skin and is rich in nutrients (essential fatty acids) that feed the skin to aid in new cell development that can help hasten the healing process. Emu oil is also a natural emollient keeping the skin moist and pliable.

sss

HTC Sea Salt Soak Set

This set includes a stylish tin container with 12oz of non-iodized sea salt, a soaking cup with easy to follow instructions for mixing your salt solution, and a handy measuring spoon that measures 1/4 tsp to mix sea salt solution by the cup, and 1 tsp (X4) to mix by the gallon.

General Aftercare

What to Expect from a Normal Healing Piercing

  • May be tender, itchy or bruised for a few weeks.
  • May bleed a little for the first few days.
  • May be slightly red. Redness may persist on and off for the entire healing period.
  • May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid, which may crust on the jewelry. This is lymph discharge and will stop when the piercing is healed.
  • May be swollen. An ice pack wrapped in a clean disposable paper towel and applied to the swollen area will help alleviate the swelling. An over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Advil, Aleve or Motrin may also help reduce swelling.
  • May need to be checked periodically to insure threaded jewelry is still tight. Threaded jewelry is like anything else, “righty tighty, lefty loosey”. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your jewelry.

Cleaning How-To

Sea Salt Soaks

  • Mix 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt into one gallon of distilled water (the ratio is important, so measure carefully!).
  • Pour some of this solution into a clean, disposable cup, warm it up in the microwave (not too hot!! Warm bath-water temperature is perfect), and completely submerge your piercing into the water for 7 – 10 minutes.
  • When you’re finished with your soak, rinse your piercing thoroughly and gently pat it dry with a clean disposable paper towel.
  • Hot compresses made from disposable paper towels may be used for difficult soaking sites (like bridges or napes) but are not as effective, so submerging the piercing is always advisable if possible.
  • Sea salt soaks should be done 2 – 3 times daily if it is the only aftercare method you are using.

Sterile Sea Salt Spray

  • Mist the entire piercing area and allow the solution to dry and soak into the skin, then rinse the area with clean water.
  • Do this every 3-4 hours.
  • When using a sea salt spray, it is advisable to sea salt soak your piercing every couple of days, but multiple daily soaks are unnecessary and may lead to irritation.

In The Shower

  • Avoid getting shampoo, conditioner, body wash or other products near the piercing as much as possible.
  • At the end of your shower, wash the skin around the piercing with a mild liquid soap. Avoid turning, twisting or rotating the jewelry as you do this, the soap should not get INTO the piercing.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly, as soap residue can irritate your piercing.
  • Soaps containing high amounts of perfumes, dyes or the active ingredient Triclosan (found in most anti-bacterial products) tend to irritate healing piercings, and should be avoided.
  • Naked Soap (a natural skin cleanser) is available at our shop, and our staff is always willing to help if you are having trouble finding an appropriate soap.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

Additional Care For Oral Piercings

  • Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after eating, drinking, smoking or putting anything in your mouth. Alcohol based mouthwashes are too harsh and will irritate your piercing.
  • 3 – 5 times a day, rinse with a warm sea salt water solution (using your pre-made gallon). Sea salt water rinses will speed and ease the healing process.
  • Brush your teeth 3 times a day using a new toothbrush.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for the first few weeks of your healing period. Alcoholic beverages will increase your swelling and may make your piercing bleed.
  • Cut down or stop smoking. Smokers may experience considerably longer healing times.
  • EAT!!! It’s important to keep your body healthy while you’re healing your piercing. Soft and bite sized foods will be easiest for the first week or two. Try and avoid hot, spicy or crunchy foods until your piercing is healed.
  • Most oral piercings will need to be downsized 2 – 4 weeks into your healing period. Wearing the initial “starter” jewelry once your swelling has subsided may lead to dental damage. Come back and see your piercer when you’re ready for a downsize to insure you get properly sized jewelry. To help you avoid complications, we’re more than happy to put your new jewelry in for you as well. Except for downsizing, jewelry should not be changed until your piercing is completely healed.

Aftercare Products

Premium Piercing Aftercare Products Available Here!

Wound Wash

NeilMed Piercing Aftercare

NeilMed piercing aftercare gentle mist saline spray with a special mist tip is isotonic, drug free, preservative free, no burning or stinging. Sterile saline solution that cleanses minor wounds and scrapes without any burning or stinging. Sprays in any position, including when inverted.

Sterile, drug free, and preservative free
No burning or stinging
Portable, convenient for travel or on-the-go

opti

Opti-Scrub Antimicrobial Soap

Opti-Scrub is a ready to use, highly effective emolliated, antimicrobial hand and skin cleanser. It is especially useful in areas where the control of direct cross-contamination is important.

Opti-Scrub meets OSHA bloodborne pathogen requirements for effective handwashing in healthcare facilities and is formulated following strict FDA Good Manufacturing Practices.
Opti-Scrub is safe for use as an antimicrobial hand cleanser, a full body skin wash, and may safely be used on the hair or scalp.

lakeview

Lake View Mouthwash

Lake View Labs Mouthwash is an alcohol-free, antimicrobial oral rinse. It does not sting, has a pleasant taste, and is available in convenient 4oz bottles.

naked

Naked Alternative Aftercare

This certified organic handmade soap is gentle, while being a superior cleanser. Its foamy texture rinses away clean. It is formulated especially for body piercings, with a blend of tea tree and lavender.

Naked Alternative Aftercare Soap is specially formulated with organic coconut and olive oil to cleanse skin without unnecessary chemicals that can strip the skin of its natural ability to heal. Naked Soap is made in small batches with the finest natural ingredients, and is 87% organic, certified vegan, and sulfate free.

nakedoil

Naked Alternative Aftercare Oil

A great way to nurture and heal your piercing naturally. Skin is constantly creating it’s own oil to help carry away bacteria and keep out environmental toxins. When it is disrupted, by body piercing or any other type of irritation or abrasions, the body needs help to regenerate new skin cells at the surface. Lavender has both an anti-inflammatory and cicatrizing (wound healing) effect. It is also a mild anesthetic, which soothes irritated skin. Tea tree oil aids in dissolving lumps of white blood cells at the surface, which form pus and allows your bloodstream to clean them away. Castor oil stimulates your lymphatic system, encouraging rapid healing.

emu

Desert Palms Emu Oil

Desert Palms Emu Ranch emu oil is a natural alternative to aftercare for piercing and tattoos. Our oil is refined using a non-chemical process to get out all the impurities. Our oil is fully refined and is suitable for pharmaceutical usage. (not all emu oils are) Even though it is an oil, it has been proven that emu oil does not clog the pores, therefore allowing the skin to breath during the healing process. (unlike most commercially made aftercare products that are petroleum based) Studies have shown that emu oil penetrates through all layers of the skin and is rich in nutrients (essential fatty acids) that feed the skin to aid in new cell development that can help hasten the healing process. Emu oil is also a natural emollient keeping the skin moist and pliable.

sss

HTC Sea Salt Soak Set

This set includes a stylish tin container with 12oz of non-iodized sea salt, a soaking cup with easy to follow instructions for mixing your salt solution, and a handy measuring spoon that measures 1/4 tsp to mix sea salt solution by the cup, and 1 tsp (X4) to mix by the gallon.