How to Take Care of Any New Piercings (Properly)

If you want to get a piercing done then you will understand how exciting this can be. You may find that you have a lot of anticipation and you may even be trying to find specific piercings that you like as well. The problem is that not enough people care for their piercings properly and if you fall into this category then you may find that you open yourself up for a ton of infection and other related problems.

Always Use a Needle

Your piercer may be tempted to use a gun and this is completely safe but if you can, you should ask them to use a needle. A gun will shoot the earring through with a huge amount of pressure and this means that it will cause a lot of damage to the tissue. It can be hard to maintain the sterilisation of a gun as well as it is mostly plastic but with a needle, you will find that it has a much greater level of accuracy and that it is also totally sterile. Some say that a gun hurts less but this is a total myth, and you would be surprised at how little a needle hurts when it is done properly.

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Avoid Rubbing Alcohol

When you are cleaning a new piercing, wash it with soap and water. You may also want to use saline solution as well. At the end of the day you want to avoid rubbing alcohol if possible. Alcohol can dry the piercing out and if it does happen to get too dry then it will crack and bleed. This will ultimately cause the wound to remain open and this is the last thing that you need. Try and use oil-based soap if possible as this will soften the tissue and promote healing. Check out this ultimate guide to nipple piercings if you want to find out more about healing, beauty and piercing.

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Swelling and Infection

If you know that your piercing is swollen or if it is bothering you then usually you don’t have anything to worry about. Radiating heat, secretion fluid or even redness is usually a sign of irritation and not infection. Any reputable piercer will be able to take a look at your piercing and they will be able to put your mind at ease as well. If the worst-case scenario happens then all you have to do is remove your piercing. Of course, it also helps to make sure that you are cleaning the piercing as much as possible without removing it and it also helps to make sure that you avoid moving it around too much as well. Some people get tempted to twist or move their piercing when it is still healing and this can result in newly formed tissue being disrupted. This is the last thing that you need when you are trying to heal so you should always try and leave your piercing alone unless you are trying to clean it or even unless you are trying to remove any infection.