In a small bowl, combine a pinch of non-iodized fine-grain sea salt (about 1/8 teaspoon) and about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of very warm water. Soak the piercing in the mixture for five minutes. Galiano says to do a sea salt soak twice a day for the duration of the healing process, which differs depending on the piercing.
Keeping this in consideration, what happens if you use table salt on a piercing?
The single best thing you can do for your piercing is to keep up a regular regimen of salt water soaks. … Use pure sea salt (non-iodized) and not table salt, which contains extra chemicals that can irritate your piercing and dextrose (sugar) that can cause yeast infections.
Additionally, will salt water infect a new piercing?
Unfortunately, no. The truth of the matter is, while the ocean can have certain therapeutic, healing effects, it’s not technically an advisable outing for new piercings. They are, after all, technically open wounds, and beaches often host more bacteria than we like to think.
Is Tea Tree Oil Good for piercings?
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties that make it a triple threat in piercing aftercare. Not only can it be used to care for certain piercings during their initial healing process, it can also be used long-term to minimize irritation and prevent infection.
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.
How to do a sea salt soak
- Pour 1 cup of warm water into a cup or bowl. Use distilled or bottled water.
- Add 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon of the sea salt, and allow it to dissolve. …
- Dip squares of clean gauze or dressing into the sea salt solution and allow them to saturate.
- Apply them to your piercing.
Make sure you use non-iodized salt instead of regular table salt to make your saline solution. Table salt contains iodine and other additives, which can irritate your piercings, even though iodine is a necessary mineral for the body to function.
Doing 1-2 sea salt soaks a day is also very helpful for the aftercare and will help to speed up the healing process. You can do this by using one cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Do not use more salt than the recommended amount otherwise it could dry out your piercing.
This is why it’s important to do a combination of both saline sprays and soaks during the first weeks of healing in any piercing. … Be careful with saline soaks; if you do them too often, it could irritate the skin, leading to infection or scarring.
After having a piercing, it is important to keep the area clean and dry. You may be advised to gently clean the area with a warm saline or salt water solution. However, the piercing should be cleaned no more than is necessary to keep it clean, as over-cleaning can irritate the skin and delay healing.
Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M™ Nexcare™ Clean Seals). These are available at most drugstores.
After a piercing, the bridge of your nose takes about 8 to 10 weeks to heal, while the nostril can take up to 3 months, and the nasal septum can take 6 to 8 months to fully heal. If you‘re just going for a casual swim in calm sea waters you should be fine after two months of healing.