Body Piercings Aftercare Instructions

Cleaning:
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing. Wash with a non-scented, anti-bacterial soap, like Dial Gold, twice daily. Use soap only in the shower. Rinse thoroughly to make sure all soap is washed off of your piercing. Pat dry with a disposable paper towel, or let air dry. Do not use a cloth towel, they can harbor bacteria and snag jewelry. Use Gaia 3-5 times daily. Apply Gaia with a fresh cotton swab.

What is normal?
You may experience some swelling, light bleeding, bruising, & tenderness for the first 3-5 days. After that, some light swelling and white/yellow fluid may form. During healing, you may experience some discoloration and itching. White/yellow fluids may secrete and form a crust around the jewelry. DO NOT PICK IT OFF! The piercing may seem healed, but be patient & clean for the entire healing period. Even a healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes. Clean your piercing everyday with Gaia Aftercare. Do not move your piercing, as it heals it will move freely. A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because your tissue heals from the outside, in. Even though it may feel fine, the inside is still healing. Be patient and continue cleaning for the entire healing period. Even a healed piercing can shrink or close within minutes.

If you like your new piercing, keep jewelry in at all times!

Body Piercing Do’s and Don’ts
 

Do’s:

  • Always wash hands before touching your piercing for any reason

  • Leave it alone unless you’re cleaning it

  • Clean your sheets & clothing regularly

  • Take showers, NOT baths

  • Take anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to help reduce swelling

  • Use new cotton swabs every time you clean your piercing

 

Don’ts:

  • DO NOT USE ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, BETADINE, OR NEOSPORIN EVER!

  • Do not over clean

  • Do not twist, turn, rotate, or remove jewelry to clean new piercing.

  • Do not play with your jewelry

  • Do not let the piercing come in contact with another person’s bodily fluids

  • Avoid pools, hot tubs, and the ocean. Cover piercing with a waterproof bandage if you do plan on entering any of these listed and clean immediately after getting out

  • Do not submerge your piercing for long periods of time for the first 6 weeks

  • Do not wear makeup, lotions, perfumes, or hair products on or around your piercing

  • Do not hang charms from your piercing until fully healed, this includes dangle navel jewelry

  • Do not use plastic/acrylic balls until healed.

 

Oral Piercing


Use an alcohol free mouthwash. If you choose to use a different brand of mouthwash, such as Listerine, be sure to dilute with water. Fill the cap with 50% water and 50% mouthwash. Failing to do so can severely irritate the piercing. Be sure to rinse after each time you eat, drink, smoke, kiss, etc. for the entire healing period.

  • Smoking, dipping, and/or vaping can prolong the healing process.

 

Oral Piercing Do’s and Don’ts

 

Do’s:

  • Drink cold water and allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in your mouth

  • Take anti-inflammatory medication, such as Advil, Motrin, or ibuprofen - follow the dosages written on the label

  • Sleep with head elevated for the first few nights

  • Use a clean, new toothbrush

  • Brush tongue and jewelry

  • Dilute mouthwash that contains alcohol with water

 

Don’ts:

  • Do not chew gum, pencils, fingernails, sunglasses, etc.

  • No kissing or oral sex

  • Avoid hot, spicy, citrus food/drinks

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine for the first 48 hours

 

Micro Dermal Anchor
 

Cleaning:
Clean your dermal 3-6 times a day with Gaia Aftercare, being sure to use a cotton swab to remove secretions around the dermal head. Do Gaia sea salt soaks, twice daily, for 5 minutes each soak.

Protection:
Make sure for the first week, band aids are worn during sleep and/or physical activity. Be mindful of your new dermals, a snag can rip them out.
Do not change your jewelry for at least 3 months. We recommend that you return to us to help you change out your jewelry for the first time, so that we can walk you through the proper steps.

 

Lip Piercing

 

Cleaning:
For the outer part of a lip be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing. Use soap only in the shower. Rinse thoroughly to make sure all soap is washed off of your piercing. Pat dry with a disposable paper towel, or let air dry. Do not use a cloth towel, they can harbor bacteria and snag jewelry. Use Gaia Aftercare 3-5 times daily. Apply Gaia with a fresh cotton swab. See “oral piercings” for instructions to clean the inside of lip piercing.
Helpful Hints and Tips
Take a photo of your piercing so you know when you can change it out!

 

Ear/Ear Cartilage/Facial Piercings:

  • Clean your pillowcases regularly

  • Clean your telephones, headphones, glasses, hats, etc.

  • Keep hair products and makeup away from piercing.

 

Nipple Piercings:

  • Wear clean bras, sports bras, or a tight cotton shirt while sleeping.

 

Navel Piercings:

  • A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of elastic bandage around the body to protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.

 

Genital Piercings:

  • Urinate after cleaning with soap

  • Wash hands before wiping

  • Use condoms during sex for the entire healing period (Usually 4-8 Weeks)

  • Clean after all sexual activity

  • Wear breathable cotton underwear