Cleaning your new piercing
A new piercing should be cleaned twice per day, in the morning and at night
Always wash your hands prior to cleaning your new piercing, to avoid exposing it to potentially harmful bacteria from your hands. After doing this, soak your piercing with some warm water to loosen any dry lymph around the jewelry, and be sure to never pick at your healing piercing. Next, use an unscented, non-antibacterial soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap) to create a lather around the jewellery, and remove any built-up lymph. Do this by applying a small amount of soap to the end of a q-tip and cleaning the exposed part of the jewellery on each end, then rinse well with clean water to ensure there is no soap left in or around the piercing.
We also recommend a sea salt soak for your piercing, 2-3 times per week. Non-iodized sea salts help promote healing while reducing irritation, and can be used in a diluted solution to speed up the healing process. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to a cup of hot water, allow it to cool so you don’t burn yourself, and soak the piercing for 20-30 minutes. Use a cotton ball or a face cloth as a hot compress if you cannot fully submerge the piercing.
For oral piercings, add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup of hot water, let it cool and carry it with you in a water bottle to be used as a rinse after smoking, eating or drinking anything except water.
Chamomile tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps to reduce redness and swelling in a fresh piercing. As often as is needed, you can use the tea bag as a hot compress by dipping it into hot water (or the hot sea salt water) and holding it against the piercing for anywhere up to 20 minutes. Or, for oral piercings, pouring brewed chamomile tea into an ice cube tray, freezing the tray, and sucking on the cubes to reduce swelling.
For any oral and genital piercings, we recommend avoiding sexual contact for the first couple weeks and using protection (such as a condom or dental dam) during the healing period, as a healing piercing puts both you and your partner at a higher risk.
Things to avoid:
Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and alcoholic mouthwash: these will kill the new skin cells your body needs to form in order to create scar tissue and will slow down healing.
Polysporin and Neosporin: these create a waterproof seal over the piercing which can trap bacteria inside and lead to infection.
Perfumed, dyed, or cream soaps, make-up and hair products: these can be quite irritating to a new piercing and can cause allergic reactions.
Band-aids: bacteria can fester and grow underneath a band-aid, which can lead to infection.