GENERAL TIPS FOR YOUR NEW PIERCING
Clean your piercing as advised. The internet is filled with advice, but potential problems can get worse, if you differ from the recommended cleaning process. Never take the jewellery out of your piercing, if you want to keep it. When the healing has ended, you can change the jewellery as much as you want.
We highly recommend you follow these guidelines:
- Avoid foreign bacteria, e.g. to wear other head wear, headphones etc.
- Avoid touching or move the jewellery around – the more peace and quiet in the area, the faster you’ll heal.
- Avoid sea, lake and pool water for the first 3 weeks.
- Protect the piercing(s) during sports and work.
- Change or wash your pillowcase, headwear etc. regularly and disinfect headphones, phones etc. on daily basis.
- Tighten the jewellery on daily basis by holding on to the jewellery on one side and turning with the clock on the other.
- Avoid drying the area with loose cotton, Q-tips and toilet paper as these can leave behind loose fibres.
DOWNSIZING OF THE JEWELLEY
To accommodate the initial swelling the jewellery we’ve started out with is longer than needed in the end. As the swelling goes down, we recommend changing the bar to a shorter one, as this minimize the irritation in the area, thus speeding up the healing. If you later experience additional soreness, then it’s very important to have the bar downsized!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING
Saline spray (as much as needed)
Give the area a quick spray. Let it work for 1 minute.
Give the area a second spray to rinse away by-products from the area.
Minimizing swelling and promoting blood flow
If you have a microwave, use the gel pad, else go for the alternatives described.
Cooling the area
For the first 2 days only!! Ideally, cool the area for 15-20 min every 4 hours. Stop cooling the area if any discomfort arises.
Gel pad: Follow the instructions on the package. Remove the pad from the freezer and wrap the pad in a clean cloth to avoid freeze burns. Place the bag on the pierced area.
Alternative: Grab something from the freezer, e.g. a bag of frozen peas. Wrap the bag in a clean cloth to avoid freeze burns and place the bag on the pierced area.
Heating the area
If you’ve been instructed to cool the area, then use the following after the first 2 days.
Gel pad: Give the pierced area a quick spay with the saline spray. Follow the instructions on the package. When the pad has an appropriate temperature, place the pad on the pierced area and heat.
Chamomile tea bag: Place a tea bag in newly boiled water for 5-7 min. Remove the bag and let it cool until an appropriate temperature. Place the bag on the pierced area. After a minute or so reheat the bag and place on the pierced area again. Repeat the process as needed to heat the area for 10 min.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE AREA
In some cases of cartilage piercings, the skin can lift itself from the cartilage and form a skin “pocket”, which can potentially be infected by bacteria. If you experience that the tissue has lifted itself, then gently massage the skin back into place with newly washed hands.
WHAT IS NORMAL AND WHAT IS NOT?
Soreness, redness, swelling and warmth in the area is quite normal during the healing. Bleeding can occur for the first couple of days. A slight blue nuance can occur at the skin (this is a bruise) – it will disappear again.
Additional pain, redness or swelling that spreads to a larger area is NOT normal, and if this occurs, please contact us or your local piercer. If you get a fever, intense pain, massive swelling or redness that is spreading to a larger area on the skin, then seek medical attention immediately.
If an infection occurs immediately consult a professional piercer or a medical professional for an examination. If you do not have the opportunity to get the pierced area examined by a professional piercer, use the following guide until you can:
Boil some water, pour it into a cup and add 10-15 drops of mild soap. Let it cool until lukewarm and bathe the area for 10 min. Repeat this procedure 3-5 times a day for 3-5 days.
If you want to remove the piercing jewellery in case of infection, it is important to consult a medical professional beforehand.