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Piercing aftercare should be taken just as seriously as tattoo aftercare. Your piercing is going to need some commitment, if you slack on your aftercare, you can cause serious infection, and the need to remove the jewelry. Most piercers, like tattoo artists will give an aftercare-kit or offer several products for you to purchase.

Most piercers now offer a product called H2Ocean, it is sterile and environmentally safe.
It comes in paste form for tattoo aftercare, and spray form for piercing. The items you will need are as follows:

  • H2ocean, or other approved antimicrobial, anti-bacterial liquid soap (Again, do not use Dial, or Neosporin as they can be too harsh)
  • Cotton balls, or cotton swabs
  • Small disposable cups
  • Paper towels, or clean towel

When cleaning your piercing, you first should wash your hands thoroughly (2 minutes), NEVER touch your piercing or the jewelry with dirty hands. You then should saturate the piercing area with H2ocean, if you are using soap you should saturate the cotton swab, or ball with warm water. Gently wipe away any dry blood, or plasma that has gathered around the piercing. You should then gently move the piercing in and out to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned. Rinse the area of any soap, then pat dry with paper towel or a soft, clean towel.

Often times your piercer will tell you to soak your piercing in Sea salt. Place a small amount of sea salt in the bottom of a disposable cup. About ½ a teaspoon. Then, add hot water, as hot as you can possibly stand to the salt. You will want to fill it just over half-full in a 5 oz cup. You will want to invert the cup right over the piercing, and hold it there for five- to six minutes. This procedure usually works well for piercing such as nipple, and navel. If you can’t seem to get a good seal around the skin, soak a cotton ball with the H2ocean and hold it there for 5 minutes. Rinse the piercing with warm water, and pat dry. DO NOT USE TABLE SALT!


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