“Oh my God, I need some advice! I’ve had my piercing for 3 weeks and its leaking yellowish stuff that goes crusty and itchy. I think it’s infected!”
But is it?
We see this confusion on a daily basis, people often come in telling us they have an infection that is to do with either their body jewellery or the piercing. There are a lot of factors that can lead to discomfort, prolonged soreness, itching and inflammation but very few of these cases turn out to actually be an infection. And it can be sorted very easily !
One very big aspect of nurturing a a piercing is HYGIENE! We see an awful lot of cases where people have been given lots of different advice on how to clean their piercings, watched various videos on Youtube or just asked their mates what they should do and sometimes, they’ve been given no advice at all and have no clue!
Some of the most basic mistakes that we see are what people are actually using to clean their fresh piercing with. Antiseptic sprays, table salt, TCP, Iodine, Germolene, surgical spirits, Dettol and other such products like these. The problem with using products like those on your piercings is that they are full of chemicals that can be far to harsh for your fresh piercing and will cause irritation to it. All you really need is some good old Sea Salt, and only a small amount of it with each use. If you do use to much salt in ratio to hot water, you do run the risk of giving yourself a salt burn.
Here is a link to our Instructions on how to make a salt solution.
Sea salt is the best cleaning option for your piercings.
Another common mistake is what materials you’re using to clean your piercings with. Although you may not see anything conspicuous about cotton wool, it can be your worst enemy when you are trying to clean your piercing. The reason why we don’t recommend using cotton wool to clean your piercing is because the fibres that make it up can very easily wrap around the piercing , and if not removed or spotted it can sit on your piercing collecting bacteria , which could be pulled through your piercing and could possibly land you with a nasty infection. We would recommend using something a lot less fibrous such as tissue or kitchen towel and other materials that are bonded together, to reduce the risk of any fibres getting into your piercing.If you can do without any of these it would be even better !
The last Issue id like to talk about is Make-Up . Make up should never be used around a healing piercing . Why, you ask ? Because make-up grows bacteria in it! So putting make up on your healing piercing could (and does quite frequently) cause infections. This also applies to products like fake tan. We understand you will still want to wear make-up, so if you do intend to do it during this healing process, we recommend you leave at least a 1 centimetre radius around the piercing and if you use make up brushes to apply your make up, make sure they are very clean before each use.