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The Do's & Don't of Piercing

Posted on Jan 23, 2013

Use a mild antibacterial soap or sea salt in the shower twice a day. Cup your hand under the piercing and soak it for 1-2 minutes. Make sure when washing to ALWAYS rotate the ring. If this step is not taken your skin will start to heal around your jewelry and may tear the inside of the wound when jewelry moves. This is painful and can lead to infection.

DO – Make sure you dry your navel thoroughly after cleaning. This should be done with a paper tissue as towels can harbor bacteria. If you have a very deep navel you should clean it every day using a clean cotton swab soaked in warm water taking extra care to remove any dirt and dry it properly afterwards.

DO – Use tea tree oil as it promotes healing and lubricates the wound reducing tenderness. Apply a small amount with a cotton swab after cleaning then move the jewelry gently so it gets into the wound. Remove any excess with a tissue as leaving it on can cause the skin to become irritated. It may be purchased at supermarkets in the medicine section.

DO – Continue to apply a drop or two of tea tree oil daily after the piercing is healed or the wound can become tight and dry.

DO – Use antibacterial soap or sea salt to cleanse your piercing. Stay out of oceans, public pools, and hot tubs.

DO - Make sure that you wash the piercing carefully after exercising or sweating a lot as sweat acts like acid and can cause the wound to become aggravated.

DO – Give the piercing some sunshine as it helps the body produce Vitamin D which helps promote healing. It also helps dry the wound and minimizes infection

DON’T – Pull you naval up to look at the piercing as this will aggravate the wound. It’s there for other people to see. If you want to see it looks in the mirror.

DON’T – Turn the ring in the piercing for the first 3-4 weeks. Move it very gently and only enough to remove the crusting. After that you can turn it enough for cleaning. Moving the ring constantly while it’s dry aggravates the wound and delays healing.

DON’T – Use Mentholated Spirits or alcohol on the piercing as they are very astringent and can damage the wound. Don’t use Hydrogen Peroxide or Beta dine because they destroy the cells that form scar tissue. Don’t use creams or ointments as they keep the wound moist and hamper the healing process as well attract bacteria?

DON’T – Wear tight clothes such as pantyhose, tight jeans or skirts during the healing process. They can cause the piercing to grow out, which means that the piece of flesh taken by the piercing gradually diminishes until the ring finally comes out; after the piercing is healed you may wear anything you like. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics that don’t let the wound breath. Try to wear clothes that give the piercing as much fresh air as possible.

DON’T – Remove the ring during the healing phase because you will lose the piercing. Don’t replace jewelry until you’re fully healed. Silver body jewelry is especially dangerous as the silver oxidizes in the wound, which can cause allergic reactions and “Argyria” a permanent black mark inside the wound. Never wear silver body jewelry

DON’T – Hang chains or charms on your navel ring until the piercing is fully healed. They can get caught and tear the wound and hamper the healing process.