Body Piercing Aftercare in Detail-Pt. 1

January 15, 2009

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Good health + good hygiene + sea salt soaks + time. That’s pretty much it when it comes to caring for your body piercings.

Gone are the days when vigorous washing with harsh chemicals was recommended.  Trial and error have proved that gentleness, the simplest of care, and Leaving It The Hell Alone are best, assuming there are no issues with jewelry placement, allergies, etc.   I’m going to do a series which explains aftercare in detail, including posts on soap and salt.     If you’ve forgotten the aftercare your piercer (was supposed) to give you, here’s the least you need to know.

Step 1: Your body does the healing, so be healthy!  Support your immune system and whole body, which is trying to heal a wound and build new skin, by resting, eating nutritiously, taking vitamins, and avoiding excess drugs, alcohol, and especially for oral piercings, smoking.

Step 2: Protect your piercing.  By  “protect” I mean protecting it from the environment, from germs, and from trauma.  Keep it covered and out of the way if possible, don’t let clothes rub or put pressure on it, and be aware of your surroundings and things like babies, towels, and seat belts.  Protect your piercing from germs, by being scrupulous about your personal hygiene and the cleanliness of your piercing. Which leads me to the following step:

Step 3: Try a little hydrotherapy.  Hot soaks with sea salt and/or herbs, hot and cold wet compresses, and simply letting water run over it in the shower will do wonders for your piercing.  (Here’s how to do sea salt soaks.)

Step 4: Apply time and patience.  See Step #1 above.  Don’t panic!  Piercings typically go through ups and downs during the healing process.  If you have an issue with your piercing, seek expert help for troubleshooting.  Your issue may go away with a simple change of jewelry.

See how easy it is?   I’m going to discuss bare bones aftercare, and also a few extras that I do, like herbs and oil.

Keep in mind that views on proper aftercare procedure vary, and this is just my opinion.  Your piercer is your first resource when it comes to piercing advice, and you should listen to your body, trust your instincts, and work out what is best for you.

Do you like my mermaid? She’s supposed to represent cleansing, hydrotherapy and sea salt soaks.  And in color, just for my friend, Bob!