PIERCING AFTERCARE

The most important rule with choosing piercing aftercare is; 
 
If you wouldn’t put it in your eye, don’t put it in your piercing.
 

The only thing you should be putting on a healing piercing is a sterile saline solution. 

We stock one here at Bloody Mary’s called Neilmed®. It has a fine mist applicator which means you can spray your sterile saline solution straight onto your new piercing and then pat the residue dry with a clean piece of kitchen roll. Super simple, right?

KEEP IT CLEAN

Unfortunately your piercing will not heal overnight. 
 
You have to treat your new piercing like you would treat any other flesh wound. Keep it clean, don’t touch it, don’t pick at it and don’t play with it.
 
Just like any other flesh wound you will not see it heal completely within a week, or even a month.
 
Using a trusted saline solution like Neilmed® encourages faster healing times.
 
It’s safe, it’s simple, it’s effective and most importantly it’s afforadable!

General aftercare for piercings
(excluding inner oral)

You will need to clean your piercing twice a day.
 
This might sound like a lot of work, but if you follow our instructions it will take you almost no time at all and your healing time will be reduced dramatically.
 

To clean your new piercing we strongly recommend that you use a trusted 0.9% sterile saline solution spray.

To use a spray aftercare treatment such as Neilmed®,  all you have to do is:
 
    • Make sure your hands are clean before cleaning your piercing, never touch your new piercing with dirty hands and certainly don’t pull it or twist it

    • Spray your Neilmed® straight onto your new piercing, holding the can about 15cm away from the piercing. You can hold the can at any angle

    • Take a clean, dry piece of kitchen roll or cotton bud and pat the piercing and area around it dry, do not rub (don’t use toilet roll or tissue as they have lots of fibres and can get into your new piercing which will cause problems)

    • The drying part is just as important as the cleaning. Any residual moisture left around the new piercing will become stagnant, cause irritation, collect bacteria and is one of the more common causes of piercing bumps

    • For an inner oral piercings, tongue/tongue webbing/smiley we suggest you use a non alcoholic mouthwash twice a day, please see our tongue piercing aftercare for full directions

Why you should avoid HOMEMADE AFTERCARE

You may have been told in the past to make your own saline solution (sea salt and boiling water) or buy a bottle of premixed saline solution from a pharmacy, but we have discovered a much more effective and easier aftercare solution, 0.9% sterile saline solution spray.

The reason why we recommend a spray is to make sure no bacteria can enter once opened.

Some people might think that if they have a bottle saline solution in their medicine cabinet or first aid box at home then that will do.

It will not. If you were to use a premixed bottle it must be a fresh bottle every time you clean which will be extremely expensive!

If you make your own solution there is no way of knowing that the solution is completely sterile or you are mixing the correct percentage of sea salt to water and you may end up drying out your piercing, causing more harm or aggravating the skin with boiling water.

0.9% sea salt to water is the perfect balance of salinity to match the body.

We stock Neilmed® in the studio which you can purchase from us straight after your piercing.

BENEFITS OF USING NEILMED®

We 100% trust and recommend for you to use Neilmed® ​piercing aftercare spray to treat your piercing because:

  • 0.9% saline solution
  • Stays sterile
  • Natural ingredients
  • Sea Salt Solutions
  • Natural to Your Body
  • Safe for all Skin Types
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Free from harmful chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical grade

Things to looks out for while your piercing
is healing

While your piercing is healing you might think it looks a bit strange or different to what its supposed to look like, here are a few of the things you can expect to see while your piercing is healing and some of the things you should watch out for.
 
You can expect your piercing to feel sore for the first couple of weeks, you may experience a little swelling, redness, bruising and if you catch it or knock it, its absolutely normal for it to bleed again. 
 
Something that might worry you is the body fluid that your piercing will secrete called Lymph. Lymph fluid looks clear/white/pale yellow, and can be sticky.
 
A lot of people may confuse this with infection, but don’t worry this fluid is completely normal and actually contains infection fighting white blood cells.
 
This Lymph fluid will dry in a hard/crusty deposit around the jewellery, and should not be picked off. During your daily aftercare clean you will be able to soak this crusty build up away. 
 
You should however worry if your piercing is secreting a darker green, strong smelling fluid, pus, and is extremely tender or swollen.
 
This indicates infection and you should come in to see us as soon as possible. 
 
You should avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new piercing is completely healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with the treated site causing skin irritation and inflammation.
 
If you work in dusty, dirty or oily environment you should keep your piercing covered whilst working.
 
A non adhesive dressing secured with dermatological/microporous tape is best.  
 
Please do remember to come back to us so we can check your new piercings are healing properly and if they are fully healed we would love to take a photo for our social media. 
 
If you have any photos of yourselves with your new piercings that you would like to share with the Bloody Mary’s Custom Piercing family, upload them to your own social media accounts and tag us or hashtag #bloodymaryscustompiercings we can’t wait to share our journey with all of you.