I am going to post up some aftercare instructions for those of you who would like the knowledge.
This word comes from some of the highest regarded pierciers (not me) in north america and it is what I give to all my clients.:cool:


During the piercing process, every precaution has been taken to ensure sterility and cleanliness. How it heals is up to you. The following are some suggestions to help your piercing heal.

Any product that contains an “active ingredient” is not going to help you heal. In fact it will do the exact opposite and slow down the healing process. Alcohol, iodine, hibitaine, bactine, bacitracin, polysporin, Neutrogena, antibacterial soap, peroxide, and any other chemical based cleaner will kill the new cells that are trying to form to heal the piercing, thus holding it as an open wound for a longer period of time.

Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap!
Rinse the piercing with warm water to break up any crusty material that has formed around the jewellery. Wipe the crusty stuff off with a cotton swab.
Gently soap up the piercing with MILD GLYCERIN SOAP. Do not turn the jewellery! By turning the jewellery, you may slide bacteria into the piercing!
Rinse the area thoroughly to remove all soap from the area.
Rinse the area with STERILE SALINE SOLUTION on a cotton swab and pat dry.
Rinse the area with STERILE SALINE SOLUTION on a cotton swab three more times during the day.
Another method that works well is to take a small amount of saline in a cup and microwave it for a few seconds to get it warm. Then let the piercing soak in the cup of saline for 5 – 10 minutes twice a day, pat dry.

It is normal for whitish-yellow fluid to discharge from the piercing area. This discharge is a mixture of blood plasma, lymph, and dead cells. This is what may form a crust on the piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

Navel – avoid belts, waistbands, and inflexible clothing on the area during healing.
Ear – avoid getting hair spray or other hair products into the piercing. Take care while brushing your hair to not snag the piercing.
Clean all telephones before answering with a new piercing.


What to use
The best product healing an oral piercing is LISTERINE. This is a rinse that has been specially formulated for the piercing industry. If Listerine is too strong, then water it down to a 50/50 ratio.

Another great rinse for oral piercing is ¼ tsp to 1cup of distilled water.

Recommended Cleaning Instructions
Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with solution after meals for the entire minimum healing time. Do not use more then 4-5 times a day.

Rinse mouth briefly (10-15 seconds) with the sea salt solution no more then twice a day. Cleaning too often will result in discolouration of the tongue.
Scrub the jewellery with a new soft toothbrush to keep plaque from forming on the jewellery.

Ice and an anti-inflammatory will help keep the swelling down. Also, sleeping with your head slightly elevated will aid in reducing the swelling you may encounter.

It is normal for a white-yellow fluid to discharge from the piercing area. This discharge is a mixture of blood plasma, lymph and dead cells. This is what may form a crust on the piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

What Is Normal
Swelling of the area is normal on any new oral piercing. It can be greatly reduced by gently sucking on clean ice. Most of the time swelling will only last 3-5 days if that.
Bleeding off and on and some bruising is also normal. You may also experience aching, pinching, tightness, or other unpleasant sensations off and on for a few days.

Avoid spicy, acidic, salty, or hot temperature foods and beverages for a few days.
Reducing smoking or quitting during the healing time is recommended. Make sure you continue to eat during the healing time, as this will keep your strength up and help you heal faster. Take your time eating, slow and smaller bites.

Don’t play with your piercing until it is fully healed
Avoid oral contact with your piercing until it is healed

Hot Compress & Sea Salt Soak

A hot compress and/or sea salt soak can be extremely helpful to a piercing that is problematic and/or building scar tissue.
It is very important to follow the instructions precisely!

1. Before using hot compresses be sure to do your initial cleaning as some of the problems you can experience are caused by not properly rinsing out all of the aftercare cleaning product.

2. Fill a clean coffee cup with 8oz of hot water, but be sure the water is not hot enough to burn or scald the area.

3. Dissolve ¼ of a teaspoon of edible sea salt into the hot water. It is extremely important not to use more then ¼ of a teaspoon of edible sea salt as this will cause the mixture to become corrosive. This can cause scar tissue to build up and/or reject.

Do not use any other type of salt, Epsom salt will make the mixture corrosive. Regular table salt has iodine in it and will kill the white blood cells, this will cause the piercing in question to take longer to heal as well as more prone to an infection.

4. Quickly flip the cup over on the piercing and press the cup tightly against the skin preventing the solution from leaking everywhere.

5. Hold the cup there for 5 minutes, two times a day.

The mixture of ¼ teaspoon of edible sea salt to 8oz of hot water is extremely close to the amount of salt that your body naturally produces. The hot compress can be beneficial many ways. It can aid in the prevention and/or disintegration/reduction of keloid scar tissue. They work as a natural astringent drawing any matter out of the body, this becomes extremely beneficial in the case of a follicular cyst.
A follicular cyst is common in tragus and nostril piercings and is basically an ingrown hair or plugged pore. Hot compresses encourage extra blood flow to the area and due to this fact it can increase healing. It can aid the natural cleansing of the area and rinsing out of any residual aftercare product that may be left in the area.

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