General Aftercare Info

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  • Always wash your hands before handling your piercing.
  • If you are having trouble with your piercing, switch to, or ensure you have, a non nickel metal such as titanium and proceed to use aftercare products.
  • Do not pick the dried lymph discharge (aka crusties) - they will crack open and easily breed bacterial infection once this happens. The crust can be softened during your saline spray/soaking process and then can be safely wiped away.
  • Follow your piercer's instructions and contact them if you have any excessive swelling or irritation.
  • Do not change your jewelry before 8 weeks. Jewelry may be downsized at that time if the extra piercing post length is snagging or bothering you. You are not completely healed so do not change to heavy or cheap jewelry and do not leave the jewelry out.
  • Trauma to a fresh piercing by having it hit, pulled, snagged etc is very hard on a piercing and may result in irritation bumps. These bumps can often be improved with saline soaks and sprays over time and reduced much quicker with the added use of drop it.
  • Avoid swimming in public bodies of water such as swimming pools and even lakes due to bacteria in the water for 6-8 weeks.
  • DO NOT USE alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, polysporin etc. These are non discriminatory antiseptic products not recommended for puncture wounds. They kill good and bad cells and you need the good ones to promote faster healing. They also dry out the piercing and surrounding skin.
  • Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, not the same thing at all!
  • When soaking certain piercings, in order to not waste your solution use a size appropriate container for soaking such as a small bowl for soaking nostril and ear cartilage and a shot glass ( which you can invert and seal ) for nipples and navel. 
  • For oral piercings, make the sea salt soak and rinse often after eating, smoking/vaping for first 2 weeks. Do not use alcohol mouth wash (except for occasional use) as it will dry out your piercing.

DISCLAIMER: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention or consult with your piercer.