General Care for Body Piercings
Always wash hands thoroughly before contact with piercing. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. (Both slow the healing of pierced area by drying and killing new healthy cells.)
Then, what can I use to clean my ear piercing?
New Ear Piercing Care:
Use a cotton swab (Q-tip) with salt water to clean the area around the hole twice a day. Some recommend using hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or antibiotic ointment but salt water disinfects and is less damaging to the skin tissue.
Correspondingly, how do you disinfect a piercing?
- choose a qualified, experienced and licensed piercer.
- clean your piercing twice a day.
- use warm, salty water to soften any crusting.
- gently turn the jewellery while cleaning the piercing.
- use a clean paper towel to dry the piercing.
- gargle with salty water or an alcohol-free mouthwash if you have a mouth piercing.
Which is better rubbing alcohol or peroxide?
In general, rubbing alcohol is better at killing germs on your hands, as it’s gentler on your skin than hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is most effective when it’s allowed to sit on surfaces for at least 10 minutes at room temperature.
Clean with a clean cotton pad or swab dipped in salt solution. You can make this solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Use this around the pierced area a few times a day to remove any bacteria. Dab (don’t wipe) the piercing.
USE WARM SEA SALT WATER (SALINE) SOAKS – MORNING AND EVENING
Soaking your piercing with a warm, mild sea salt water solution will not only feel good, it will also help prevent infection, reduce the risk of scarring, and speed the healing of your piercing.
Twisting the piercing breaks the newly forming flesh! … Don’t touch your healing piercings unless you have CLEAN disinfected hands! Twisting your piercing can also cause it to become irritated, inflamed, and could cause the piercing to migrate or heal crooked!
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DO NOT USE contact lens solution or similar to clean your piercing – these contain preservatives and chemicals not suitable for the skin. DO NOT USE any bottled re-sealable piercing solutions like those from Claires Accessories or online.
(ie, Phisoderm, Bactine, or liquid antibacterial soaps such as Dial, Lever 2000, or Softsoap) and avoid perfumed products. Dilute 50/50 with water if irritation occurs. Leave the cleanser on the skin for 3 minutes; lather and work the ring back and forth through the piercing half a dozen times.
To make sure the healing process goes as smoothly as possible, wash your hands before you touch your piercing or jewelry. Don’t soak your piercing in any water (other than saline solution) until it’s fully healed.
1/4 tsp of non-iodised fine grain salt(not regular sea salt, pink Himalayan salt works too) to one cup of pre-boiled warm water is the perfect ratio. Too much salt can irritate your healing piercing.