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Piercing Aftercare

Aftercare is all about hygiene. Every day while your piercing heals,  clean it with a saline solution for a few minutes at a time,  morning, afternoon and evening, at minimum. Saline water is a water that contains dissolved salts. Using sterile saline solution to clean wounds is one of the most common cleansing methods used by hospitals because it's a nontoxic isotonic solution. It will prevent bacteria build-up and infection without harming the healthy cells regenerating around your piercing.
The products you use on your piercing are not what makes it heal— they only keep the piercing clean while your body works to heal it. Do not think of your cleaning solution as miracle cure, because it isn’t.  Saline solutions should be used to irrigate your piercing, but it is the action of flushing out the wound that helps healing, not the saline itself.

 

TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING, USE ONE OF THESE METHODS:

 

Sterile Saline Fine Mist Sprays

 

Sterile saline solutions are a convenient, portable cleaning option. While rinsing with saline solution doesn’t promote increased blood flow to the area the way that a warm soak does, it does provide a quick cleaning fix if you’re at work, traveling, or someplace where soaking isn't possible we would recommend NeilMed® saline solution fine mist.
We recommend cleaning your new piercing with NeilMed® saline solution fine mist. Simple to use just remove the lid and spray directly onto the new piercing from approx. 10cm away.  No dabbing , no wiping, no touching or turning the jewellery. Rinse 3 to 6 times a day, Spray your piercing on all exposed sides in the morning, afternoon and evening, at minimum. If the skin around your piercing feels hot or tight between applications, spray it again. Since it consists solely of natural, healing saline wash, you can't overuse it.
Ideally, you should also do two full  5-minute soaks with NeilMed® saline solution fine mist spray or homemade sea salt solution twice a day during the first few weeks after getting pierced or for 1 to 2 weeks after developing an irritation. Just saturate a cotton ball with saline wash, apply it to your piercing for 30 seconds or so, toss it, and repeat the process until you've soaked your piercing for a full 5 minutes.
 
  Warm Sea Salt Soaks.

 

The single best thing you can do for your piercing is to keep up a regular regimen of salt water soaks. These flush out the piercing, help to draw out discharge, stimulate blood circulation, and soothe irritations. We strongly suggest soaking your piercing at least twice a day— more often if healing is difficult. Make a soaking solution by mixing sea salt and distilled water. Use pure sea salt (non-iodized) and not table salt, which contains extra chemicals that can irritate your piercing. Make sure your salt-to- water ratio is correct. A stronger or weaker solution is not better and may actually harm your piercing.
It’s often easiest to mix it up a large quantity and keep it in the fridge. Cold soaks can be soothing for the first few days after, heat as needed to make a warm salt-water soak.
Mix according to the table below (use measuring spoons and cups for accuracy). Also saline medical pods can be used and our more clinical,

use by heating the pod up in a cup of hot water then placing contents in a sterile glass, press the glass against your skin to form a seal, and hold it over your piercing for five minutes or until the water cools. For piercings like nostrils, ears, nipples, and some intimate piercings, the entire body part should be submerged in the solution.

 

 SEA SALT WATER
1/4 Teaspoon - 1 Cup (8 oz.)0.237 litres
1 Teaspoon - 1 Quart (32 oz 0.946 litres
4 Teaspoons - 1 Gallon 4.546 litres
1/4 Cup (Approx.) - 1 Bathtub