Tattoo and piercing care

Tattoo Care

  • Remove bandage after 2-4 hours.
  • Pat dry.
  • Use a small amount of recommended ointment for 1 or 2 days.
  • Switch to a body lotion for remainder of week.
  • DO NOT let your tattoo dry out completely.
  • DO NOT expose tattoo to direct sunlight.
  • DO NOT soak in a bath or a pool.
  • DO NOT pick or scratch at it.
  • Peeling and itching are normal.
  • You may put a non-stick bandage between tattoo and clothing to prevent chafing.
  • Proper care during healing will insure detail and color. If you experience any difficulty PLEASE CALL your tattoo artist for further instructions.

Body piercing FAQ’s

A normal piercing may:

  • be tender, itchy, slightly red, or bruise for a few weeks.
  • bleed a little for the first few days.
  • secrete a little whitish-yellowish fluid which crusts on the jewelry. This is NOT puss!
  • tighten around the jewelry as it heals making turning the jewelry somewhat difficult.

Facial and Ear piercing care

You will need a liquid anti-bacterial soap to wash your hands with before touching the piercing. For cleaning the piercing you will need a product that contains benzethonium chloride 0.013% or benzelkonium chloride 0.013%. We suggest using Ear Piercing Care Solution, Bactine, or No More Ouchies. Note that some people are sensitive to Bactine and No More Ouchies because they contain fragrance; therefore you may dilute them up to 50% with water. Cotton swabs are helpful with the cleaning ritual.

Cleaning procedure:

Wash hands thoroughly with a liquid anti-bacterial soap.
Saturate a clean cotton swap with the cleaning agent ( Ear Piercing Solution, Bactine, or No More Ouchies) and gently remove any dried crusted matter from the piercing and jewelry.
Apply a clean cotton swab, saturated with the cleaning product, to the jewelry and sides of the piercing and jewelry. Gently work the jewelry back and forth about 6 times. Repeat this 2-3 times.
Clean your piercing in this fashion 3 times daily.

Oral piercing care

For the first week, please reduce the intake or avoid alcoholic beverages, tobacco, hot or spicy foods, warm beverages, and anything that may be irritating. Avoid any oral contact ( wet kissing, oral sex, etc. ) for the first six weeks. To minimize swelling gently suck on ice or popsicles as much as possible for the first 24-48 hours.

Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine for 30-60 seconds after you smoke, eat, or drink anything besides bottled water. If you are sensitive to the antiseptic mouthwash you may dilute it with up to 50% BOTTLED water or use a sea salt gargle (1/4 tsp. sea salt dissolved in 1 cup water ). Use GlyOxide or Peroxyl twice daily. For tongue piercing apply 5 drops on top of the tongue and 5 drops on the bottom. Let it foam for one minute, spit and rinse with BOTTLED water or appropriate mouthwash. Continue this ritual until the piercing is initially healed.
Lip, Labret and Cheek pierces must clean the facial side of the piercing 3 times daily. Read the section on facial piercing care for instructions.

Care for Piercing’s below the neck

Clean these piercing’s twice daily. This may be easier to do in the shower. For a cleaning product use a liquid anti-bacterial soap. Try to find one with a low pH and little or no fragrance or dyes.

Try one of the following products containing triclosan:

Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Liquid Anti-Bacterial Soap
Dial Anti-Bacterial Soap
Lever 2000 Liquid Anti-Bacterial Soap

If you are sensitive to triclosan try:

Clearly Natural Liquid Anti-Bacterial Soap
Nutribiotic Liquid Anti-Bacterial Soap

Cleaning procedure:

  • Wash hands well with an anti-bacterial soap.
  • Let the water help you remove any dried crusted matter, then rotate a small amount of soap into the piercing.
  • Allow the soap to be in contact with the piercing for 2-3 minutes.
  • Rinse slowly under water for one minute while rotating the jewelry back and forth.
  • DO NOT allow any residue to remain in the piercing.

Care for Nipple and Genitalia Piercings

Nipple piercees may want to sleep in a clean tank top, tee-shirt, or jog bra for the first few nights.
Genital piercees can use a panty liner to absorb any excess moisture and cushion the piercing.
It is helpful to urinate after cleaning a genital piercing, especially if it passes through the urethra, to expel any residue from the sensitive urethra. Your urine is sterile to your own body.
Any sexual contact with the piercing should be gentle. latex barriers should be used to protect the piercing from body fluids even if you are monogamous. These include condoms, latex gloves, and dental dams.

What else can I do to heal my piercing?

A warm soak or compress is beneficial in aiding the healing process. You may dissolve 1/4 tsp. of SEA SALT in 1 cup of warm water. To soak, invert a cup of warm water ( with or without sea salt ) over piercing, creating a vacuum, or soak in a well cleaned tub. Make a compress with a clean paper towel to insure cleanliness. Use a compress or soak for 10-15 minutes twice daily. This will increase blood circulation to the area. Sea salt is a natural disinfectant and can be used to reduce irritation, redness, and swelling.
Eat a nutritious and well balanced diet.
Get plenty of rest and reduce stress.
Take vitamin C (1500mg in mineral ascorbate form ) twice daily with meals.
Take multi vitamins, try a zinc supplemental ( 60mg for women, 120mg for men) once a day for two weeks.

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