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Old 02-03-2008, 01:32 PM
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New Piercing. How to clean?

I got my cartilage pierced last night, and they said to use NOTHING but warm salt water to clean. It seems a little too simple lol. All the sites say to just use it as well, is anyone on here familiar with body piercings and can let me know the best thing to do?
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:38 PM
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I used dial handsoap to wash it in the shower. I know they say not to but I had to clean the hair conditioner off somehow. Also, I did the salt water soaks.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:08 PM
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When I got my belly button pierced they told me to use witch hazel. Also use unscented, alcohol free soap. A soap called Basis was the closest thing I could find.
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:52 PM
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Former piercer here.
1- use an anti-bacterial BAR soap. do not use liquid soap.
2- wash your hands before you touch your piercing! always!
3- work up a good lather and soap around your piercing, as well as in it. hopefully you had it pierced with a hoop or a looser barbell so you can move the soap/water through it easily. if not, do you best to rotate it and rinse well.
4- pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel.
5- apply Bactine and work thru the piercing after washing. do not rinse off. this will also help with the pain, as it contains a mild painkiller. (only use the bactine for 7-10 days to help with the inital healing process.)

cartilage piercings take a very long time to heal, so you have to repeat this process 2x daily for at least 3 months- if you get really sweaty, or realize that you've been touching it, wash it. it won't be fully healed for 6-9 months. PM me if you want any clarification

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Old 02-04-2008, 12:13 AM
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I don't want to start an argument and I don't know where you used to pierce, but I used to have 28 piercings, and EVERY piercer I ever went to or talked to, told me that Bactine was a very bad idea for a fresh piercing because it will dry it out and prevent it from healing. Again, I'm not trying to fight with you; the rest of the aftercare is the same I've always heard. I don't know, maybe compromise and water down the Bactine? I would just steer clear of it initially...
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:00 AM
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I've got several piercings too and was told not to use Bactine or Neosporin. They told me just to clean it with a mild soap and that was it and to turn it occasionally. I never had any problems or infections.

I have my cartilage in the top of my ear pierced and omg it hurt forever and really did take 6 months to heel, but would get sore if I laid on it for up to a year.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:55 AM
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I have extremely sensitive skin, and the only thing that healed my piercings (I ONLY have earlobe piercings), was the seasalt soaks. Everything else (Bactine, the solution they give you at the piercing place, etc) dried my piercing up and irritated it to the point it would just bleed and get infected.

The sea salt soaks worked wonders, and if it gets a little irritated, I use a gentle soap/water mix followed by the sea salt mix.

Jinga, I'm sure you know this, but when they say "salt water" they don't mean table salt...it's SEA salt...much gentler and NOT iodized. Just clarifying.
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:58 PM
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annie, everyone has a different routine and gives different directions (and having piercings is not the same as being a professional piercer .) same thing with tattoos, there are different methods of healing that people have preferences for, some work better for others- it's all personal. i worked in the industry for quite a while, apprenticed under a piercer who had worked for more than 10 years in the business, and am quite familiar with current practices and methods, in addition to being tattooed and pierced myself.

i give directions based what i know works for me and what did for 99% of my customers. using the bactine longer than the 7-10 days (or overuse in the first few days) is usually when you see the issues with irritation. i personally think it's great for those first few very tender days when it's difficult to properly wash a fresh piercing, and when you are at the greatest risk of acquiring an infection. (for myself, i find that 3-4 days is plenty, then i cut it out.)

you should never use any type of ointment (bacitracin/neosporin/etc) or liquid soap on any piercing- the emollients in the products clog up the piercing itself and don't allow it to "breathe" so to speak, in addition to the fact that many people are allergic to those base elements.

and for the love of god, yes sea salt is not table salt! thanks for brining that up shireen
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:20 PM
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Good point, Kate; the Bactine started irritating me ears after a few weeks of use! I wish someone had told me to stop after a week or so.
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:23 PM
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Kate...I've had my belly button piercing for 2.5 years now. I recently noticed that it 'shrank'. I haven't been doing anything different...but when i go to wash it...up and down kinda thing...it is hard because the hole itself seems to have gotten smaller. What to do? Is that normal?
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:30 PM
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did you change the jewelry recently?
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:32 PM
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did you change the jewelry recently?
no

ETA: I did gain a little bit of weight though. (very little, like 1/2 size)

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Old 02-04-2008, 04:36 PM
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wow thanks kate! Ive been using sea-salt and warm water it feels so soothing =) haha. I really am shocked though!! up to a 6 months to heal? Dang thats a long time.

Yes I did get a hoop sort of thing, its more like a spiral ... here is a pic of it when I 1st got it done... a little gory

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Old 02-04-2008, 04:36 PM
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the skin can shrink down around the jewelry if you don't move it often- that happens more often with the curved barbell type rather than a hoop. try rotating it every day in the shower with soap for a week or so and see if that improves it. it also may be that it hadn't ever fully healed until recently, which also can happen.

edit: jinga, very nice! the curved barbell makes it much easier to clean, so that will help you with the healing process

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Kate425: FWIW, I did many of my own piercings using sterile piercing needles so I've had some hands-on experience as well; I like to think that I vaguely know my way around piercing supplies and body jewelry. But heck. If Bactine works for some, great. Most piercings heal just fine without ANYTHING. (see the "Leave It The Hell Alone" method!)

Here's a good piercing resource for those who haven't seen it: BME!
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:41 PM
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I clean it every time I shower. Not thorough clean, just up and down with the soapy water....but I didn't realize until recently that it wasn't moving when I did the up and down. Also, it would hurt if it was handled too rough but now I feel it and nothing. Hmmm I guess it just healed then....
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:41 PM
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Kate...I've had my belly button piercing for 2.5 years now. I recently noticed that it 'shrank'. I haven't been doing anything different...but when i go to wash it...up and down kinda thing...it is hard because the hole itself seems to have gotten smaller. What to do? Is that normal?


you could be one of those that has excellent elasticity/ or extra scar tissue?
mine did the same thing, and I went up a guage to keep the hole solid.

same thing happened with my tongue, and that has been 11 years( although its different tongue is muscle)

Just thinking,
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do-it-yourself gives you experience, yes....but it doesn't make you an expert by any means.
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you could be one of those that has excellent elasticity/ or extra scar tissue?
mine did the same thing, and I went up a guage to keep the hole solid.

same thing happened with my tongue, and that has been 11 years( although its different tongue is muscle)

Just thinking,
well if no stretch marks on my belly means that I have excellent elasticity, then that must be me. lol
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:46 PM
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well if no stretch marks on my belly means that I have excellent elasticity, then that must be me. lol
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Kate425: FWIW, I did many of my own piercings using sterile piercing needles so I've had some hands-on experience as well; I like to think that I vaguely know my way around piercing supplies and body jewelry. But heck. If Bactine works for some, great. Most piercings heal just fine without ANYTHING. (see the "Leave It The Hell Alone" method!)

Here's a good piercing resource for those who haven't seen it: BME!
That was my point.

And BME, i'll hold my tounge on my opinions on that site (but not with forceps...)

geebs, it sounds like your piercing has fully healed from your extra description! and no stretch marks? lucky girl
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:07 PM
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That was my point.

And BME, i'll hold my tounge on my opinions on that site (but not with forceps...)

geebs, it sounds like your piercing has fully healed from your extra description! and no stretch marks? lucky girl
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:35 PM
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^ lol i know, it took mine almost 1.5 years to heal fully. they're a bitch
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I actually got my ear cartilage pierced a few weeks ago and you'd think my poor ears would be used to this, but I was surprised to find that it doesn't get any easier! :sigh: I wish I could get my navel done but I have an outie, so it doesn't seem likely. BTW Jinga, the placement of yours is really nice, I like it.
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i pierced my own cartilage about a year ago and even though its like a bitch to heal (kate i second that lol) its still cute im thinking of redoing mine lol its really hard to sleep on the one ear you got it pierced though
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