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Aftercare has changed over the years. These days we only suggest saline solution for aftercare or sea salt water soaks. There are several pre mixed medical grade wound care solutions you can buy, such as H2Ocean or Blairex Wound Wash Saline. You should avoid eye care saline, due to the preservatives and additives it contains.
You can also make your own solution with non-iodized sea salt (or kosher salt) and distilled water. Take ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and mix it with 8 oz of warm distilled water and you have your saline. You can also mix it in large quantities using 4 teaspoons of sea salt mixed with 1 gallon of distilled water. You must make sure to use distilled water, as it is
the cleanest water you can get. You must also measure the proportions of salt to water. DO NOT GUESS!
How to clean your piercing
If using a premixed spray, take a clean q-tip saturated with the saline and gently scrub one side of the piercing, making sure to remove any
discharge from the jewelry and the edges of the piercing. Repeat the process for the other side of the piercing using a fresh q-tip. You DO NOT need to rotate or move the jewelry. Many piercers recommend rotation, but we have found that our clients heal faster when the piercing is not rotated. As a piercing heals, immature cells grow inside the piercing to create the “tube” of the piercing. The rotation disturbs and destroys these cells, making the piercing take longer to heal.
The only reason to rotate your piercing during the healing process would be to remove any harsh soap or body wash from the piercing. If this does occur, rotate the piercing gently under warm running water, then flush with saline.
Sea salt water soaks can speed up the healing process when done regularly. To maximize healing, use saline solution in the morning, and a 15 minute warm sea salt water soak at night before bed. The warm sea salt water will pull discharge out of the piercing, while providing extra
nutrition to the piercing.