CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS
WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
SALINE Clean your new piercing 2-3 times per day with NeilMed Piercing Aftercare or sterile saline. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution. Moving or rotating jewelry is not necessary during cleaning
DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products or a hair dryer on low. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry causing injury.
WHAT TO AVOID
- Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, iodine, or any harsh products, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
- Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.
- Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
- Avoid touching, picking, or playing with your new piercing and avoid getting anyone else’s bodily fluids on your piercing.
- Avoid having your piercing bumped or pulled; this can cause scarring, and migration.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, and/or bruising for 3-4 weeks.
During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
A piercing might seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire initial healing period.
Even healed piercings that you have had for years can shrink or close in minutes! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in – do not leave the hole empty.
If you are experiencing dark coloured discharge or skin discoloration, please contact your doctor.
If you’ve been instructed by your piercer to downsize your piercing, and have not booked at the end of your appointment ensure you are booking your downsize at the appropriate time to promote happy healing, We typically recommend that you visit 4 to 6 weeks after your piercing. Failure to downsize can result in migration and scarring. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your piercing please contact your piercer.
If you have a concern or issue with your piercing, DO NOT REMOVE IT. Talk to your piercing artist to resolve the issue.
Recommended Aftercare Product:
NeilMed piercing aftercare fine 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. is an enzymatic sea salt based product that is pH balanced for your skin.