TATTOO AFTERCARE

AVOID POOLS, LAKES, BATHS AND HOT TUBS UNTIL TATTOO IS COMPLETELY HEALED
In an hour, remove your bandage and gently wash your tattoo with an antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. It's best to lather up your hands and then use those suds on the area. After washing the tattoo, gently pat dry with a towel. Next apply a small amount of ointment. Enough to coat the tattoo. You should apply ointment five to seven times a day for the first three to five days. For the following seven to ten days, use a fragrance and dye free lotion. You can use the lotion as needed (usually seven to ten times a day). Tattoos usually take two weeks to heal and during this time should not be exposed to the sun or soaked in water. It's ok to shower.

DO NOT USE ANY OINTMENT BESIDES A&D AND NON-SCENTED LOTION - ANYTHING ELSE WILL RUIN YOUR TATTOO.

PIERCING AFTERCARE

HOW YOUR PIERCING HEALS IS UP TO YOU!!
TIPS AND ADVICE

ALL PIERCINGS: Do not play with new piercings, as physical irritation is the cause of many problems. Leave them alone. When
clothing must cover the piercing, wear clean, loose, breathable (cotton) clothes.

NAVELS: Waistbands that contact the jewelry are the most common navel piercing problem. Your clothes must ride below your navel, or it may never heal. Maintain good posture, especially when sitting, to prevent pressure and irritation of navel piercings.

NIPPLES: A bra will usually help reduce soreness in the days after a nipple piercing. Larger-breasted women are more likely to find this true. Try to wear breathable fabrics and consider wearing a cotton bra top to bed.

SWIMMING: Chlorine is tremendously drying and irritating to new piercings and should be avoided. If you cannot stay out of the water, then do your best to soak the piercing and rinse with saline whenever you swim. Avoid hot tubs until the piercing is healed.
Lakes and oceans are a topic of debate, but a couple of things are for certain: sewage is frequently dumped into these water systems, and presents an additional risk – lakes, slow-moving rivers, marinas, and the like are the most risky areas as the water is
not frequently cleared out – staphylococcus is found in tropical waters. On the other hand, some people report that their piercing healed instantly after swimming in the ocean. Use discretion, and pay attention to the condition of your piercing.

WARNING: CHEMICALS WILL NOT HELP YOU HEAL FASTER!
Chemicals of any kind will upset the balance inside your body and your piercing will heal very slowly (if ever.) DO NOT USE ANY product containing an active ingredient and/or marked “For External Use Only” including, but not limited to: Satin®, Provon®, Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bactine®, Ear Care Solutions (benzalkonium/benzethonium chloride), softsoap, Neosporin® (or other petroleum-based ointments), Betadine® (povidone iodine), or Hibiclens®.

PRODUCTS YOU CAN USE:

1. Saline solution. Saline is the key to quick healing – it promotes balance so you heal faster! Do not use contact cleaning solutions or soaking/enzyme solutions.

2. H2ocean

2. Q-tips®, especially when you have a piercing (such as a nostril) where getting at one side may be difficult.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING YOUR BODY PIERCING
Saline Rinse: Soften any “crusties” on the jewelry and the surrounding skin with saline and without turning the jewelry (soaking does a tremendous job - see below). Gently clear any lymph (crusties) using a clean Q-tip and saline without turning the jewelry. Do this a few times a day, when activity might cause the ring to turn (exercise, etc.), and anytime the jewelry feels “sticky” or uncomfortable until your piercing is healed.

Saline Soak: Heat a small amount of saline in a clean container in the microwave. Place this solution in a position that will soak the piercing. For instance, hold a small glass over your navel or nipple and lie back or use cotton balls, gauze, or a clean washcloth for hard to get to piercings. Leave the warm saline solution there until it is cold, then rinse the piercing with fresh saline solution. Do this at least once per day. NEVER move the jewelry back and forth through the piercing - it does more harm than good.

SPECIAL CARE FOR ORAL PIERCINGS: The inside of the mouth requires different aftercare. Use the piercing aftercare for the external part of lip and cheek piercings.


TONGUES: If your tongue piercing is sore and swollen, some Advil® (ibuprofen) or Aleve® may help – please only use over-the- counter drugs according to their instructions and with your physician’s approval. Eat slowly, and think about chewing. Avoid hot and spicy food and hot drinks which will scald and/or increase swelling. NO KISSING OR SEXUAL CONTACT until it is completely healed. Gently brush your tongue when you brush your teeth – it will help remove dead skin. Yogurt, beer, and wine will not harm your oral piercing, though the latter two may cause you to become drunk.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1. Listerine® (antiseptic mouthwash, or equivalent) or sea salt (non-iodized) to rinse your mouth.
2. Ice for tongue piercings (it may help a little for lips too).

WHAT TO DO: Rinse your mouth with Listerine (diluted 50/50 with water) or sea salt (1/4 tsp. per cup of water) a few times a day for the first 4 weeks. For tongue piercings, gently ice to keep the swelling and soreness down for the first few days. Keep movement to a minimum.

LIPS AND CHEEKS: Clean the outside of lip and cheek piercings as described on the front of this sheet, and the inside as above. Do not play with your piercing! If you leave them alone, lip piercings heal fast. Alternate sides if you have fishtail labret jewelry or centered rings for at least a couple of hours every day (or at night while sleeping) to prevent the inside lip tissue from “growing” to one side.

GENITAL PIERCINGS: All piercings are an open channel to the bloodstream. Particularly in the case of genital piercings, sexual contact during the healing phase could be dangerous to you or your partner. Utilize a barrier if engaging in sexual activity before your piercing is completely healed. Go easy on your new piercings – they will heal faster if you do not irritate them by playing rough.

FEMALE: Female genital piercings typically heal fast and easily. Rinse the outside of the piercing and clean the jewelry a few times a day with sterile saline solution, or better yet, your own urine. Your urine is sterile for your body and a perfect rinsing agent (barring, of course, any urinary tract infections). It is normal for inner labia and clit hood piercings to bleed a little during the first couple of days. As long as any bleeding stops when you sit still (perhaps put ice on it), there is nothing to worry about. If it’s still bleeding on the third day, contact your piercer. Abstain from sex for at least the first couple weeks.

MALE: Follow the instructions on the front of this sheet for cleaning your piercing. Substitute your own urine for the saline rinse if practical. Abstain from sex as long as possible, or for four weeks - whichever comes first. On piercings through the
head or the urethra, expect bleeding for a few days. If bleeding continues after that time, or if there is an unexpectedly large amount of bleeding, contact your piercer. Do not seek sympathy regarding your bleeding member from women. They will laugh at you.

INFECTED PIERCINGS: More often than not, people who think they have an infection actually have an irritation and adjusting the care will fix the problem. You can recognize a true infection by its relatively sudden inflammation and accompanying discharge of pus and/or blood. If you suspect that you have an infection, contact your body piercer or your doctor at once.

NEED HELP OR ADVICE?
Email evilbytheneedle@hotmail.com or contact your body piercer by phone at 812-333-6033.