Ever notice that some piercings heal slower than others, some heal not at all? That your piercings can act up when you’re stressed or ill? A nice, calm, nose ring or nipple piercing will suddenly give you trouble, for no reason?
Piercings can be a pretty good barometer of your overall health, so it makes sense to think about them in terms of your whole body and its systems. I’m not a medical professional, so this is not advice, just common sense. We are all guardians of our own health.
On with the damn factors, woman!
- Health and habits: Illness, stress, menstrual cycles, medications, smoking, substance abuse, poor nutrition; poor hygiene, improper or neglectful aftercare
- Climate and environment: extremes of temperature, humidity, cold, dirt
- Physical stress: occupational stress, physical movement, athletic training, trauma, seatbelts, clothing, any kind of pressure, accident, or trauma; soap, grooming products, overcleaning, “messing with it”
- Jewelry: placement, shape, weight, material, finish, removing or changing it prematurely
Yep! Lots of factors, and I’m sure there are more I haven’t listed. You can see why piercings are so much more complicated to heal than tattoos, because they take much longer and you have to deal with a lot more living. Figure out which of these things is slowing your healing, and engage!
another pretty photo from The Commons