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In order for your new piercing to be healthy and trouble free, you must care for it properly. Be sure you DO NOT TOUCH your new piercing unless you are cleaning it after washing your hands!!! 80 - 90% of infections come from touching your piercing with dirty hands. Be sure to maintain clean sheets and clean clothing.
Follow these steps 2x a day for the next 3 weeks:
Add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
to 1 cup of boiling water (1 teaspoon to 4 cups for convenience) and allow to cool slightly. Pour enough for one use into a shot glass or a small cup, and store the unused portion in a clean, sealed container. Wash your hands. Soak a clean cotton pad in the salt solution and cover the piercing for 5 minutes, changing the pads for new ones when they get cold. For nipple and navel peircings, you may find it easier to invert the shot glass over the entire surface. Discard the left over solution and was the glass with antibacterial soap.
Step 2:>With clean hands, apply Spectro Jel or Life Brand Gentle Face Wash to each opening of the piercing using a clean Q-tip. Move the jewelry back and forth, or rotate, to work the cleaner through the piercing. Leave the soap on for 1-2 minutes, and then rinse well with clean water. Make sure to rotate the jewelry when rinsing so as to remove all traces of the soap.
Oral Aftercare:Rinse mouth with saline solution (1 teaspoon of sea salt to 4 cups of boiling water) after anything in the mouth other than ice or water. To lower the bacteria level and to reduce the risk fo infection, rinse with baking soda and water (1/2 cup of water to 1 teaspoon of baking soda) morning and night. Drinking cold water, sucking on ice chips and taking ibuprofen (as directed) will help reduce swelling. During the healing period it is important to avoid alcohol, smoking, and oral contact (open mouth kissing, oral sex, sharing bottles or utensils, etc). Avoid spicy, crunchy, or acidic food or food/drinks that are hot in temperature during the healing period.
- Avoid swimming (hot tybs, pools, rivers, lakes, etc.) for 6 weeks.
- Avoid bubbles, oils, poducts with perfume, dyes, and moisturizers in the bath or shower for 6 weeks.
- For nipple and navel piercings wear a clean cotton shirt to bed each night while healing.
- Taking 50 mg of zinc and vitamin C supplements will help promote healing.
- Over care is as bad as under care. The body is designed to heal. Just help it out by cleaning it and not touching it with dirty hands.
- Stress, lack of sleep and poor nutrition all affect how your body heals, so take care of yourself.
- Never use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl), hydrogen perioxide, or polysporin as healing products.
- Problems are easier to treat when they are small and first noticed. If excessive redness, swelling, bleeding, change in tissue colour, or soreness persists or worsens. DO NOT REMOVE JEWELRY and consult Addictive or a piercing friendly physician.
We also encourage you to come back 3 weeks after your piercing for a follow up appointment. We find this is a good amount of time to see if the piercing is healing normally for you.
Remove the covering after the amount of time recommended by your artist.
Wash the area thoroughly with a mild unscented soap, such as Dove or Ivory right away. Be sure to gently remove all Vaseline, excess pigment, blood, and plasma the first time you wash your tattoo.
Gently pat your tattoo dry with a fresh towel.
Let your tattoo air dry. If weeping occurs, repeat was and air dry.
When needed, you may apply a small amount of a water based, unscented moisturizer such as Lubriderm. DO NOT overmoisturize, a little goes a long way!
Your new tattoo may flake or a small scab may form. It should be allowed to flake off naturally. Do not pick or scratch. This can take 2-4 weeks.
A new layer of skin will form and appear shiny. At this time, a heavier moisturizer may be used.
Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight and out of public water during healing.