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For our first post; we're taking a look at Piercing aftercare products and technique, which are the best? Which are the worst? Aftercare is a subject of much contention, with lots of folks divided on which works best, and what not to do.
The first this you have to remember when it comes to aftercare, is that whatever you're doing to take care of this wound you need to be consistent. Flip-flopping between regimens and products will offer little else but complications and slows down your overall progress.
A good piercing aftercare routine (for non-oral body piercings, repeated 2 - 3 times daily) should consist of:
1. Soaking your piercing with an isotonic (A fantastic term, that in relation to piercing aftercare, means that it more or less matches your own body's salinity.) saline solution, or a home-made soak (8oz warm Distilled water, to an 8th of a teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt, mixed in a clean disposable cup.) to loosen and soften secretions. A good soak-time is about five to ten minutes long.
2. Wiping these softened secretions away with a cotton-swab, hypo-allergenic anti-bacterial soap may be used to facilitate the removal, and act as an active sanitizer. Take care not to use too much pressure, or over-zealously scrub, this can cause more hassle than it's worth.
3. Rinsing your piercing thoroughly with warm after soaking and swabbing. It's very important to remove any saline from your skin, if there is a sufficient amount of it left; the salt will recrystallize on the surface of your skin, drying it out in the process. When the skin around a piercing is dry; it takes much longer to heal than healthy skin.
Lastly, drying... Air-drying your piercing is important to note, as it is the least-traumatic method available, though it can be a bit time consuming if you have places to be. Using a fresh paper towel to pat your piercing dry is an excellent alternative, just be sure to be gentle in doing so.
In addition to the above; keeping your piercing safe from trauma is crucial to uneventful healing, as well as being careful to not touch your piercing if you haven't just washed your hands with soap and warm water. Being consistent with your aftercare will provide you with the best results possible, remember that most piercings take at least four months to heal completely. A question that is often asked is, 'How long should I keep up with my aftercare?' While there are the occasional exceptions; a good rule to follow when it comes to estimating how long you're going to be committing to an aftercare routine, is to take the average time it takes for a given piercing to heal, and plan to maintain an aftercare regimen for two thirds of that period. You'll definitely want to maintain your piercing regularly even after this initial routine, but frequency is less of a concern. Yet keeping your piercing safe and clean will always be of great importance if you plan on keeping it for as long as possible.
Folks concerned with Oral piercings should know that if an oral piercing has an external opening; the same aftercare mentioned above is recommended, with the addition of rinsing with diluted alcohol-free / sugar-free mouthwash and water after meals, non-water beverages, and using tobacco products. Oral sex should be avoided for at least 4 weeks, and should always be hygienic.