To care for a fresh piercing, wash with soap and water or saline solution—not rubbing alcohol—twice a day. “I find alcohol dries the piercing out,” Smith explains, “If it gets too dry, it cracks and bleeds, causing the wound to remain open. I prefer oil-based soaps for this reason.
In this way, how can I make my piercing heal faster?
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.
Likewise, how do you clean body piercings?
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.
How do I know my piercing is healed?
Signs that a Piercing is Healed:
- The discharge has completely ended. Understand that there are period when it will cease during healing, so never use discharge as the only sign of the piercing be healed.
- The edges of the piercing holes are smooth and pull inward. …
- The jewelry is loose and moves some what freely.
Don’t touch a new piercing or twist the jewelry unless you‘re cleaning it. Keep clothing away from the piercing, too. Excessive rubbing or friction can irritate your skin and delay healing. Keep the jewelry in place.
Yes, vaseline and petroleum jelly products are meant to protect the skin. No, you should not use it on your piercing. … Second, the barrier may actually trap harmful bacteria inside of the piercing, which could cause an infection or worse.
To speed things up, clean the piercing every day with mild soapy water. Don’t irritate the skin around the piercing and avoid reopening the wound, which could slow down healing time. Give the tissue around the piercing plenty of time to heal before you change the jewelry.
The general rule of thumb is to avoid sleeping in earrings, with one exception: when you get a new piercing. You‘ll need to keep these small studs in for 6 weeks or longer, or until your piercer gives you the OK.
If you have a new ear piercing, a thinner travel pillow works great to keep pressure off while you’re sleeping. If you don’t have a travel pillow you can roll a clean cotton T-shirt or sheet up and place it around the ear so that when you lay on your side, there’s no direct pressure on your ear.
2. Apply a warm compress or do a sea salt soak. A warm compress can help the infection drain and relieve pain and swelling. Soaking the infection in a warm salt solution can also help the infection heal.
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.
Piercings and Tattoos
Since micellar water can contain alcohol, which is not recommended on new body art, as well as other skin irritants, and does not necessarily contain antibacterial ingredients, it is not generally recommended for use.