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Piercing Aftercare

This is it, you’ve got your new piercing. The next part of the job is yours. The after care and healing process is an important part of the full piercing process. Your piercer has discussed aftercare with you prior to the piercing and/or after. Take as much as time you need in the studio and ask questions until you feel clear about the aftercare procedure. The aftercare procedure base is the same for all body piercing but there are few differences such as the healing time or you may need few tips for a tongue piercing healing process for example.  If there is still few questions remained when your back home don’t hesitate to keep in touch with us.


What to Clean With:

Use a saline solution on your healing piercing:
In the Black Hat Tattoo, we offer a Saline solution spray that we recommend you to use as it is already well dosed and adapted for body piercing. Otherwise, there is Packaged sterile saline solution that you can find in pharmacy, or a non-iodized sea salt mixture you make yourself: dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger solution can irritate your piercing, so don’t put in too much salt!

How to Clean Your Piercing:

WASH your hands really well before you clean or touch your piercing for any reason.
Spray the Saline solution only once or twice a day on your piercing. Rinse after you salt soak because dried salt crystals could hurt you and your piercing. You do not have to rotate your jewellery through the piercing.
Let it air dry. Cloth towels or tissues could snag on jewellery, and they might have bacteria on them.

What Is Normal?

At first: some bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness, and soreness or mild pain.
During healing: some discoloration, itching, oozing of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewellery. Your skin may tighten around the jewellery as you heal.
After healing: the jewellery may not move easily in the piercing; do not force it. If you don’t clean your piercing as a part of your daily bathing, normal but smelly secretions may build up.
A piercing may seem just fine before the whole healing process is done. This is because they heal from the outside in. Even if it feels fine, the new skin is weak on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning all the way to the end of entire healing period.
If you have had a piercing for years, it can still shrink or close in minutes if you take out your jewellery! This is different from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewellery in—do not leave the hole empty.

What To Do :

Wash your hands before you touch the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, you do not have to rotate, turn, or move your jewellery.
Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body. Make sure your sheets and towels are washed and changed weekly.
Showers are safer than baths because bathtubs can harbour germs. Before you get into a bath tub, clean it first, and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

What To Avoid :

Avoid cleaning with anything that is not a saline solution as it might irritate your piercing.
Avoid irritation like friction from clothing, too much motion of the area, playing with the jewellery, and rough cleaning. These could make ugly and uncomfortable scar tissue form, and cause other problems like migration and a longer healing time.
Avoid rough play, unwashed hands on (or even anywhere near) your piercing, and contact with others’ bodily fluids like saliva while you are healing. Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including too much caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
Avoid putting a healing piercing in a lake, pool, hot tub, etc. during your healing process.
Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing, including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewellery until the piercing is fully healed.


These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice.
This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection seek medical attention.
Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercings. Your local piercer at The Black Hat Tattoo may be able to advise you or to refer you to a piercing friendly medical professional.

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