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is healed by your body, not by cleaning agents. Aftercare simply
helps your body be in the optimum state for healing. All pierced
areas should be clean and free of contaminants. An antibacterial
soap is a good starting point for the cleaning of most (not all)
piercings. Be sure that your regular soap does not contain any fragrances,
moisturizers or deodorants. These can irritate the area. In addition
to keeping the area clean, you should eat well, drink a lot of water,
take your vitamins and be well rested. These things will all help
your body heal. Salt water soaks can be used, but are not generally
recommended for piercings other than the mouth.
Gently wash piercing and surrounding area with antibacterial soap.
Carefully remove all crusty formations from the piercing and jewelry.
Rotate jewelry. Rinse off soap and rotate jewelry again, making
sure all soap residue is gone. If piercing is slightly infected
or irritated, soak it with antiseptic solution and work it into
the piercing by rotating the jewelry, and allow it to soak for
one or two minutes. Always rinse off all cleaning agents after
cleaning your piercing.
Warm salt-water soaks remove crusty deposits and secretions during
healing. General healing times are: Nipple, men: 2-3 months; Nipple,
women: 3-4 months; Navel: 3-9 months.
These piercings are best cleaned with Bactine twice a day. Any
crusty formation around the piercing and on the jewelry should
first be softened and removed with a cotton swab dipped in warm
water or warm salt water. Apply and rotate the cleaning agent
through the piercing. Allow piercing to soak for one to two minutes
before rinsing with warm water. Avoid heavy lotions, make-up,
foundations or powders during the healing process. Cover piercing
with hand or tissue when using hair spray. General healing times
are: Ear lobe: 4 weeks; Eyebrow: 4-8 weeks; Nostril: 6-12 weeks;
Ear cartilage: 8-12 weeks; Septum: 6-12 weeks.
Tongue - Use a 50/50 solution of antiseptic mouthwash and water
for at least 15 seconds after putting anything in your mouth other
than water (this includes cigarettes). Avoid giving oral sex (receiving
is fine) and wet kissing during the initial healing period. Try
to avoid alcohol and spicy foods, and try to do everything slowly
(ie. eat small bites slowly and speak slowly at first). Do not
use straws for at least two weeks. General healing time: 1 week
for your tongue to become "mostly functional" again,
and 4-6 weeks for total healing.
Lip, Labret, Cheek - Should be cleaned on the inside as described
for tongue piercings, and on the outside as described for facial
piercings. Occasional warm salt water rinses can be used. General
healing time: 6-8 weeks.
Genital piercings should be cleaned following the instructions
for torso piercings. However, the cleaning products may irritate
the urethra in both men and women. For piercings that pass through
the urethra (Prince Albert, Apadravya, Ampallang), drink a lot
of water and urinate often, especially after cleaning, to flush
out any residues in the urethral opening. Your urine is sterile
to your body. Women should take care not to let any cleaning agent
enter the vagina, as yeast infections may result from the depletion
of bacteria. Genital piercings should be cleaned after intercourse
as well. Use of a condom is necessary during the healing period,
and oral contact should be avoided. Also, certain lubricants and
spermicides may irritate piercings. General healing times are:
Prince Albert, Clit Hood, Labia Minora, Clit: 6-6 weeks; Ampallang:
6-12 months; Labia Majora, Frenem, Scrotal: 2-3 months; Dydoe,
Apadravya: 4-6 months.
INFORMATION ON CLEANING AGENTS:
Betadine (may discolor gold or plastic jewelry). Strong antiseptics
need only be used in the case of infection, and are not generally
Salt Water Soak - good for loosening up crusty formations. Sea
salt is best; do not use table salt.
Bactine - Bactine is an appropriate cleaning agent for facial
piercings, since it contains a small amount of lidocaine. It is
good for ears. Also appropriate for infected piercings.
Neutrogena Antiseptic Cleanser - a good alternative to Bactine
for those people with sensitive skin or an allergy to lidocaine.
Dilute soap 50% with bottled water, shake and apply as a liquid.
Fragrance-free and color-free are best.
Provon Soap - gentle on the skin.
Antibacterial Dial - Not for sensitive skin.
Lever 2000 Antibacterial Soap - This is the best type of cleaning
agent to start with. For most piercings, it is enough to keep
it clean and bacteria-free, and allow the body to do its healing
Gly-oxide, Peroxyl - Used by oral surgeons and dentists to enhance
healing, these rinses should be used only in the case of mild
Mouthwash - There are many suitable brands of mouthwash, but it
is important to choose an antiseptic one that does not contain
alcohol. Tech 2000 is a good example. For some people, too much
use of mouthwash can kill the mouths own bacteria (if this
happens, youll notice bad breath and an off-color tongue).
Anbesol - Anbesol is appropriate for tongues and the insides of
lips. Although it stings a bit when you apply it, it also numbs
the area and is good if the piercing is particularly sore. Anbesol
may also help reduce keloiding.
. Zinc supplements are not generally recommended.