Indian women have been piercing their skin for many centuries now; as part of tradition, customs and for fashion too. In this day and age, piercings are all the more common, and its not just the nose and the ears, but the belly button, the lips and the eyebrows too that get a pierced look. While we take all care to choose the right skin aesthetician to help us with the piercings, piercing aftercare, should be followed religiously, failing which infection can set in and a lot of worries and pain can follow. So learn more about the art of piercing aftercare and stay safe.
Piercing Aftercare – Cleaning Solutions To Use
You should think of using the best cleansing solutions for piercing aftercare. Sea salt spray for piercings is most recommended since it is very gentle on the skin. Your skin aesthetician would inform you about how to do the same, which is through washing sea salt mixture and iodine mixed with distilled water and spraying it over the pierced zone.
Get your hands sanitized very well before you think of body and nose piercing aftercare. This is the number one precaution your skin aesthetician would inform you about with regard to how to take care of piercings. Following this, you must use saline soak as mentioned above with paper towels to dab onto the area pierced, which helps with sanitation and cleansing of the zone. If you have to use soap, antibacterial soap for piercings would be recommended by the expert. Please use the same and don’t forget to wash off all the soap remnants. Pat dry the area with a clean paper towel since cloth towels have a tendency of harbouring germs that can enter and create infection.
Do Not Panic
If you have just got a piercing done, you would face the following symptoms. But rest assured as there is no need to panic when the following happens!
- A little bleeding
- Localized swelling
- Localised bruising
- Localised tenderization of the skin
- Localised discoloration of the area
- Oozing of whitish yellowish liquid etc
Things To Remember
- When piercing is done and if the jewellery piece is already placed, let it sit until it sets; don’t for any reason force it to move.
- If there are discharges and dry flakes around the area, allow it to flow and fall of naturally; don’t force it to move.
- Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and betadine are not to be used as cleaning agents since they have chemicals in them that can damage the cells in the skin. Ointments too can be bad since it doesn’t allow the skin to heal quickly.
- Don’t over clean because it can annoy the zone which has been pierced and the healing would delay.
- Trauma to the area should be avoided at all costs. Dress up gently and avoid tugging the area when wearing your tops. This would lead to migration of the tissues and healing would be prolonged too.
- No rough play for a few days, no oral contact as well, and don’t allow bodily fluids any where near the pierced zone to come or else the healing wouldn’t be done soon.
- Recreational drug use is not advisable.
- Coffee intake, nicotine and the consumption of alcohol shouldn’t be done as well until it has healed.
- Always avoid swimming in local pools or tubs, because you never know what germs can infect the pierced zone later.
- When choosing cosmetics, ask your skin aesthetician to advise on piercing aftercare products that wont be harsh on the piercing.
You should always be wary of the healing signs which will be an indication of how much more the body area needs for healing. Mostly it takes around two months for the ear lobes to heal, and if it is the cartilage, expect ten months for the same. If the area comes down with swelling and fluid secretion over time, it is a sign that the area is healing.
We hope this information on piercing care comes in handy. Do speak to your skin aesthetician for more personalised help, and their word would take precedence over what is written here and elsewhere!
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