Congratulations on your new piercing! Our suggestions are based on years of experience, common sense, research and medical clinical practice.
Remember, it is common to have questions during the healing of a new piercing. Feel free to come in, email or give us a call.
Normal Healing May Include
-Initially: bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising.
-During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a white/yellowish fluid that will form some crust on the jewelry.
It is common for people to think they have an infection when the piercing is only irritated. Piercings that receive the care they need should not get infected. Sometimes, merely looking over the suggested aftercare you have been following will point you to the cause of the problem. Here at Prix Body Adornment we are always available to help you with your piercing/healing related questions or concerns.
Simple Care-Vegan Piercing Aftercare Spray
Easy and convenient, apply Simple Care to your healing piercing 2x’s a day once when you get out of the shower and once before bed.
We encourage you to premix your salt water so that you don’t have to mix it every time you clean your piercing. This avoids mixing the wrong amounts.
Non-iodized sea salt and warm distilled water work best.
Dissolve 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt into one gallon of distilled water.
Please keep in mind you’re trying to make a 0.9% saline solution.
A stronger mixture is not better!
Since your body is 65-75% saltwater, irritation cannot be avoided with any other cleanser.
What To Do
Wash your hands prior to touching your piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing it is not necessary to rotate the jewelry. Your gallon of cleaning solution can be refrigerated or stored at room temperature; just be sure to shake it up before using. Transfer some of the cleaning solution into a small cup or shot glass. Invert a small cup of your cleaning solution over the area to create a suction. For some piercings is may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels that are saturated. Soak your piercing 1-2x’s a day, 5-10 minutes each time until gallon of cleaning solution is empty. This should roughly take anywhere between 6-10 weeks to complete. For oral piercings, simply use the solution as a mouthwash. Rinse after every major meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and large snacks for 30 seconds to a minute, for the first 2 weeks. Dry by gently patting dry with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels and and cotton products can harbor bacteria and potentially snag your jewelry.
What To Avoid
Avoid cleaning with Betadine, Hibiclens, Neosporin, Listerine, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or harsh soaps.
Avoid Bactine, pierced ear car solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term care.
Avoid friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning.
Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids near your healing piercing.
Avoid recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
Your hands harbor the most bacteria on your body. So please refrain from moving, rotating or playing with your jewelry.
Avoid pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes, oceans and bathtubs within the first six weeks upon receiving your piercing.
Avoid sleeping on your piercing. Constant pressure throughout the evening can cause irritation.
Hints and Tips
Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old or well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes even having been there for years.
The healthier you are, the healthier you heal. Vitamin supplements can help with healing.
Be cautious when styling your hair. Combs and brushes can catch and snag your jewelry.
For genital piercings, in most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital. Always remember to protect an barrier to avoid contact with your partner’s bodily fluids, even in monogamous relationships.
Do not play with your jewelry, especially jewelry in an oral piercing. Long term effects include permanent damage to teeth, gums and other structures.
Remember, a non-healed piercing is an open wound.
Smoking does effect healing times.
Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry (or have a piercer remove it). In most cases a small mark or scar will remain.
Everyone heals at different rates and it can vary a great deal from person to person. To help avoid confusuion, the following healing times are suggested timelines to keep cleaning your piercing. It does not mean that after this amount of time your piercing will be healed. A piercing heals on the outside first so it will appear to be healed long before it actually is. Changing the jewelry while the piercing is healing is not suggested and can result in the loss of the piercing, irritation and a prolonged healing time.
Tongue/Frenulum: 6-8 weeks
Lip: 3-4 months
Cheek: 6-9 months
Ear Lobe/Septum/Eyebrow: 8-10 weeks
Nostril/Ear Cartilage: 6-9 months
Nipple/Navel/Surface: 6-9 months
Clitoral Hood/Inner Labia/Prince Albert: 6-8 weeks
Frenum/Scrotum/Guiche: 3-6 months
Outer Labia/Lorum/Dydoe: 3-4 months
Triangle/Ampallang/Apadravya: 4-6 months