Piercing Aftercare:


Sea Salt Soak recipe: 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. FINE crystal non-iodized sea salt to 8-ounces of warm distilled or bottled water.

Please, always wash your hands before touching/handing your jewelry/piercing.  Never play with your jewelry during the initial healing period. The tissue inside of your new piercing is fragile, and takes the longest to heal. Playing with your fresh piercing may prevent it from healing properly, and may cause complications to occur.

Caring for your new piercing(s):  First, you will want to prepare your sea salt solution following the recipe above. It is important to prepare a fresh batch each time. In a shallow dish, soak your piercing for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well. Next, lather a pea size amount of soap with a generous amount of water in the palm of your hand, and apply it to the piercing  as well as the surrounding area. Use a fresh Q-tip or cotton swab to remove any stuck on tissue matter. Do not use your finger nails. Rinse well. Dry with a disposable paper towel if needed. Repeat two to three times per day. If you had an oral piercing, add a non-alcoholic mouthwash to your routine. Be careful not to over clean your piercing. Excessive cleaning will have the opposite effect, and will cause more harm than good. Sticking to the sea salt recipe is very important. Using a high concentration of salt may cause a chemical burn, and cause excessive irritation to your skin, as well as prolonging the healing period.

What is normal? You can expect swelling of the piercing site for one to two weeks. Redness, tenderness, crusty matter, and clear/white-ish discharge are all normal. You may also experience slight bleeding on and off for the first day.

What is NOT normal? Any discharge that has a color to it, yellow, reddish brown, orange. If you notice a foul odor, or red streaks coming from the piercing site, contact your Piercer, or regular medical physician right away. If you are experiencing excessive swelling, pain, or bleeding, and your piercing is getting worse contact our shop right away. Remember that your new piercing is a deep puncture wound, and it needs proper care in order to heal successfully. Remembering to ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS properly before handling your piercing. Do not allow pets, or people to touch/lick/kiss your piercing during the healing process. Maintaining good personal hygiene will promote a good healing environment.

Oral Piercings: For an oral piercing it is best to refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages, citrus/acidic, hot temperature, spicy, hard, salty, foods. Noodles should be avoided for tongue piercings. Dairy products should be minimally ingested. Smoking is not advised. It will prolong the healing period, and may cause complications. If you feel the need to smoke, you must rinse out your mouth each time after smoking, even if with clean water only. Oral Sex and Kissing must also be avoided for an extended period of time . This is to prevent irritation that causes excessive swelling, and the risk of bacterial infection. You will want to clean your mouth with a non-alcoholic mouthwash after ingesting anything except water. You should alternate between your non-alcoholic mouthwash, and sea salt solution. DO NOT DO BOTH EVERY-TIME, over cleaning may cause imbalances in the good bacteria, and allow a condition known as thrush to occur. Your mouth may also become irritated from excessive cleaning, and your piercing will be unable to heal. You may add avoided food back into your diet as your piercing tolerates. You may need to switch to properly fitted jewelry after initial swelling subsides. Your Piercer will instruct you on this. Longer posts, and larger captive bead rings are needed for the initial healing period to accommodate swelling. Keeping improper jewelry in longer may put you at risk for damages to your oral cavity.

Ear Piercings: It is important to be conscious about holding a telephone against your fresh piercing. They are huge risk factors in introducing bacteria to the piercing site. Be cautious when styling your hair. Brushing may snag your ear causing extreme pain, and cause complications to occur. Also, be cautious of hair styling products and hair dyes as they will cause extreme irritation. If you must use them, please temporarily cover your healing piercing while using hair products.. Sleeping can often be difficult for healing ear piercings, especially if you are a side sleeper. There are a few things you may do to help the situation. The first suggestion is called ‘the T-shirt trick’; take an old-clean T-shirt, cover your pillow with it. Use it for 4 nights of clean sleeping. Take a second old-clean T-shirt to roll up into a doughnut shape that you can place around your ear. This may help lift it off the pillow while you are sleeping. Another suggesting is investing in an inexpensive ‘side sleeper’ pillow. They have a cut-out area for your ear to rest while your sleep. These tricks will help to reduce irritation that may occur from while sleeping.

Nipples: Sleeping with a loose cotton T-shirt will allow your piercing(s) a chance t0 ‘breath’ while sleeping, with an added benefit in comfort! Women may wear a loose cotton sports bra for added security and comfort. Using sterile gauze is useful in protecting your piercing and clothing during the healing period. If you are experiencing excessive dryness, you may use a natural oil such as Joba Joba or Almond Oil, and sometimes extra virgin coconut or olive oil. A very light coating should help.

Navel: Wear loose fitted clothing around the waist line. Jeans worn over the navel is not a good idea, and should be avoided. You may wear an eye patch attached with medical tape, to cover your navel piercing during the day, and during certain activities for protection. Let your piercing ‘breath’ at night by leaving it uncovered, or by wearing a light loose garment.  For women who become pregnant, navel jewelry will need to be removed during pregnancy.

Genital Piercings: Always wash your hands before touching your jewelry, or the area near your piercing. You will want to prepare for bleeding that will occur especially with a Triangle piercing, Prince Albert, Apadarvyas and Ampallangs. Using maxi pads during this process. Changing the pad frequently. It is important to urinate after cleaning near the urethra with soap. You will want to refrain from engaging in sexual activity for a period of time. You may engage in sexual activities that are gentle with proper protection whenever you feel ready. It is extremely important to maintain proper hygiene and avoiding trauma. Using condoms, dental damns, and a fresh bottle of water-based lubricant is highly advised. Do no use Saliva. Cover sex toys with clean disposable barriers. You may want to do an additional sea salt soak, or clean water rinse after sex. Always clean sex toys before and after use.

Healing piercings can be a long and tedious process. Sometimes complications occur. Trouble shooting and added aftercare suggestions may be needed to successfully heal a troubled piercing. Please, contact your Piercer before stopping or adding any products/steps to your aftercare routine. Using the wrong product may do significant damage, so always check with your Piercer first! It is important to care for and clean your piercing during the entire healing process. Depending on the piercing it may take 4 week to 1 year.  It is commitment, and requires TLC.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our shop at 607-277-2108. You may also email us at modelcitizentattoo@gmail.com.