Body piercings and tattoos are a form of self-expression that has become increasingly popular over the years.
While getting a piercing or tattoo can be an exciting and rewarding experience, it’s important to take proper care of your body afterward to prevent infection and ensure proper healing. In this blog, we will provide tips on how to take care of your body after getting a piercing or tattoo, with a focus on body jewelry.
Body Piercing Aftercare
Clean your piercing daily
One of the most important steps in caring for a new body piercing is to clean it regularly. Gently clean the area around your piercing with saline solution or warm water and mild soap. Avoid using harsh products, such as alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as they can dry out the skin and delay healing.
Avoid touching your piercing
While it can be tempting to touch your new piercing, it’s important to resist the urge. Touching the piercing can introduce bacteria and germs into the area, which can cause infection. If you need to touch the area, make sure your hands are clean.
Avoid submerging your piercing in water
Water, especially in pools or hot tubs, can introduce bacteria into your piercing and cause infection. Avoid submerging your piercing in water until it has fully healed. If you do need to swim, make sure to cover the area with a waterproof bandage or tape.
Avoid tight clothing or jewelry
Tight clothing or jewelry can irritate your new piercing, causing pain and slowing down the healing process. Avoid wearing tight clothing or jewelry, especially around the area of the piercing.
Healing times for body piercings can vary, depending on the location and type of piercing. Also, make sure to follow your piercer’s instructions for aftercare. Don’t remove the jewelry until the piercing has fully healed, as this can cause the piercing to close or become infected.
Body Jewelry Aftercare
Keep your jewelry clean
Body jewelry can accumulate dirt and bacteria, especially if it’s not cleaned regularly. To keep your jewelry clean, gently clean it with warm water and mild soap. Make sure to dry it thoroughly afterward to prevent infection.
Avoid wearing tight jewelry
Tight jewelry can cause irritation, pain, and even infection. Make sure your jewelry fits comfortably and isn’t too tight.
Avoid changing your jewelry too soon
Changing your body jewelry too soon after getting a piercing can cause irritation and slow down the healing process. Wait until the piercing has fully healed before changing your jewelry.
Choose high-quality jewelry
Low-quality body jewelry can cause allergic reactions and increase the risk of infection. Choose high-quality body jewelry made from materials such as surgical steel, titanium, or 14k gold.
Be careful with your jewelry
Be careful when wearing your body jewelry, especially when doing activities such as sports or exercising. If your jewelry gets caught on something, it can cause injury or damage to the piercing.
Keep your tattoo clean and dry
After getting a tattoo, it’s important to keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection. Your tattoo artist will likely cover the tattoo with a bandage or wrap it in plastic wrap to protect it from dirt and bacteria. Leave the bandage on for at least a few hours, or as long as your artist recommends.
Apply a moisturizer to your tattoo
Applying a moisturizer to your tattoo can help keep the skin hydrated and prevent it from drying out, which can cause itching and scabbing. Your tattoo artist may recommend a specific ointment or lotion to use, or you can choose a fragrance-free, gentle moisturizer.
Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight
Direct sunlight can cause your tattoo to fade or become discolored. Avoid exposing your tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds until it has fully healed. If you need to be outside, cover your tattoo with clothing or a bandage, and apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect the area.
Avoid tight clothing or clothing that rubs against your tattoo
Tight clothing or clothing that rubs against your tattoo can cause irritation and slow down the healing process. Wear loose, comfortable clothing until your tattoo has fully healed. Avoid wearing anything that may cause friction against your tattoo, such as tight jeans or a backpack.
Healing times for tattoos can vary depending on the size and location of the tattoo, as well as your own body’s healing process. Be patient and follow your tattoo artist’s instructions for aftercare. Don’t scratch or pick at the tattoo, as this can cause scabbing and damage to the ink.