Microdermal Piercing Aftercare
- Use a prepackaged sterile saline solution with no additives. We highly recommend using either H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray or Blue Wave Cleansing Saline Rinse. For those with sensitivity to products containing sodium, we highly recommend using Xpressions Extra Strength Piercing Aftercare Swabs.
- WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching the piercing.
- REMOVE the bandage after 72 hours and very gently clean the piercing with a clean Q-tip soaked in a recommended aftercare solution.
- DRY by gently patting with a clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag the jewelry, causing injury.
- PLACE a ¼” sterile steri-strip over the piercing to hold it tightly in place and flush with the skin. We highly recommend using 3M Nexcare Steri-Strip Skin Closures.
- CLEAN, no more than 1 – 2 times daily, with a clean Q-tip soaked in a recommended aftercare solution.
- REPLACE the ¼” sterile steri-strip, 1 – 2 times daily, for 14 days. Be sure to place the sterile steri-strips vertically instead of horizontally, when showering.
- SOAK, only if the piercing becomes irritated, by saturating a cotton ball or clean gauze with a recommended aftercare solution. Hold it gently against your dermal for at least 60 seconds. Repeat the process with a series of freshly soaked cotton balls or clean gauze until you have soaked the piercing for a total of 5 minutes.
- The piercing will take several months to completely heal.
- Intermittent bleeding, localized swelling, redness, tenderness, minor bruising, discoloration and itching can be expected.
- A secretion of a whitish-yellow, clear fluid (plasma) may continuously form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue will tighten around the jewelry as it heals. Do not twist or turn the jewelry.
- Both redness surrounding the tattoo and skin that is warm to the touch are normal signs of healing.
- Dead skin may form around the piercing that eventually peels off leaving a visible layer of fresh, pink skin.
- Smelly, but normal, bodily secretions may accumulate, particularly if you fail to clean the piercing as part of a daily hygiene routine.
What To Do
- Treat the piercing with the same respect as you would any other kind of broken skin.
- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing. Leave it alone, except when cleaning.
- Maintain an avid cleaning routine throughout the entire healing process. A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile for many months.
- The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for the piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Drink plenty of water.
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothes that do not rub or irritate the piercing.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects the piercing while you are sleeping.
- During the healing process, showering is okay but you should avoid a steady stream of water on the piercing. After the piercing completely heals, showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe, clean the tub well before each use and rinse the piercing thoroughly when you get out.
- If you find yourself catching the piercing a lot, you can resume wearing sterile steri-strips to help prevent tilting while the piercing heals.
What To Avoid
- Avoid soaking your piercing in a tub during the healing process. Water can gather in the pocket causing the area to swell slightly and place pressure on the base holding the piercing in place. This will push the jewelry up through the skin or cause it to tilt slightly.
- Avoid direct contact with soap. It is okay to let sudsy water run over the fully healed piercing. Do not directly wash with anything except a mild, fragrance-free, liquid anti-bacterial, anti-microbial or a germicidal soap, and then only occasionally and if you feel it is absolutely necessary to do so. Leave the cleanser on the piercing for no more than 30 – 60 seconds and rinse thoroughly, with cool water, to remove all traces of soap. We highly recommend using Tattoo Goo Deep Cleansing Soap for Tattoos and Piercings or Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Unscented Baby-Mild Pure-Castile Soap.
- Avoid using Band-Aids or other bandages over the piercing, as this will smother the wound and prolong the healing process.
- Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause migration, the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue and many other complications.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or around the piercing.
- Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.
- Avoid homemade solutions containing ordinary iodized table salt or iodized sea salt from the supermarket. Also keep in mind that tap water contains bacteria.
- Avoid using thick oils such as Tea Tree Oil or other homeopathic remedies that can gather in the pocket under the piercing and promote the growth of bacteria.
- Avoid the use of isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on or around the piercing. These products may damage healthy cells and cause scar tissue. Do not use an alcohol based ear piercing cleaning product.
- Avoid using Bactine and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These products should not be used on puncture wounds or over large areas of the body.
- Avoid all petroleum based ointments such as Neosporin or Bacitracin, as they can collect and promote the growth of bacteria. Do not use Vaseline.
- Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing, including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
- Avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds and the use of tanning products on or around the piercing.