ugh, this kid came into the shop the other day to get some jewelry changed because she couldn’t do it herself and OH MY GOSH, IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PIERCING, YOU SHOULDN’T GET ONE!
i had to explain to her that she needed to clean her piercing daily because they looked so bad, she might as well treat them as fresh piercings even though they were over a year old!
she told me she didn’t really do anything to them, to which i replied “yeah. no. stop that. you’re going to get an infection and that shit can seriously damage you. clean. your. piercings.”
so much pus and flakey skin and keloid scarring and…bwuh. kid’s lucky she hasn’t gotten anything else like…staph
reminder: clean your fresh piercings twice daily with plain soap and water. soak two to three times weekly with a homemade sea salt solution* [some recommend cleaning with salt, but that can lead to drying out of the skin.] and make a hot compress out of a chamomile tea-bag for a natural anti-inflammatory. do this for a minimum 6-weeks to three months.
don’t use alcohol-based cleansers [kills the new skin causing longer healing times, increased chances of scarring.], harsh soaps with dye and fragrance [irritants], vaseline [what this kid said she used! D:], store bought saline solutions [contain harsh chemicals and preservatives that aren’t going to help you out.]
*¼ tsp dissolved into 1 cup of boiling water [15ml in 240ml water] let cool. submerge area into cup or use cotton ball.