PIERCING AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

At Cactus Tattoo we suggest using a sea salt solution to clean all of your piercings. We offer two different options of sea salt. The first sea salt option is in a granule form that must be mixed with water to make a sea salt solution. Simply mix a 1/8 of a teaspoon to a ½ a cup (4 oz) of warm water. Make sure the sea salt is non-iodized (iodine free) and use distilled or bottled water when possible. Also remember, a stronger solution will not clean your piercing better but may in fact irritate it. The second sea salt option is a pre mixed sea salt solution called H2Ocean. H2Ocean is a piercing spray, when applied solely; we suggest using it 3-6 times a day. We have seen the best results when clients use both sea salt solutions: sea salt soaks morning and night, while using the spray 2-3 times throughout the middle of the day.

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. WASH your hands before cleaning your piercing.
  2. Clean your piercing 2-4 times daily with the sea salt solution (1/8 teaspoon to ½ cup WARM water).
  3. SOAK your piercing with the sea salt solution for 5-10 minutes at least once a day. You can do this by tipping the cup (works best for Navels & Nipples) onto your skin and holding it flush.
  4. If you can not soak your piercing directly from the cup, saturate a cotton ball or gauze pad with the solution and then compress it to your piercing. (If you are using the H2Ocean Piercing Spray-simply spray the piercing down and use a Q tip to remove any scabs or debris.)
  5. Once you have soaked/cleaned the piercing then remove any scabs/crusties with a clean Q tip, cotton ball or gauze pad.

TIPS FOR HEALING ALL PIERCINGS

  1. Change your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week.
  2. Take a multi-vitamin.
  3. Wear loose, comfortable clothing over the piercing. Tight clothing can rub and irritate piercings.
  4. Ibuprofen, Advil or Aleve (non-aspirin) can help keep the swelling down.
  5. Stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water can help keep excess swelling down.
  6. Make sure the balls stay tight! Check them every day (with clean hands!). A lost ball can result in a lost piercing. Remember: righty tighty, lefty loosey!
  7. Take showers vs. baths. Bath tubs can harbor bacteria.
  8. Leave the original jewelry for the duration of healing time. Once your piercing is healed come into the shop and pick from a wide variety of high quality jewelry. Our piercer will help you put new jewelry in free of charge!
  9. We have non-metallic jewelry (retainers) options if you need to remove your jewelry for medical procedures.
  10. Leave jewelry in your piercing at all times. Even well healed/old piercings can shrink down or close in a matter of hours.

 

TIPS FOR SPECIFIC PIERCINGS

  1. EAR/FACIAL piercings-
    1. Make sure that anything that comes into contact with your piercing is clean (phones, headphones, pillows, bedding, hats, etc.)
    2. Warn your hair stylist of any new piercings that could catch with a comb or other tool.
    3. Avoid sleeping directly on your piercing.
    4. Wear your hair back and away from your piercing to keep hair products away from the area.
  2. NAVEL piercings-
    1. Sit up straight! Navel piercings can become irritated if you slouch a lot.

 

 

THINGS TO AVOID WHILE HEALING YOUR PIERCING

  1. Most importantly- keep your hands off your piercing. The only time you should touch your piercing is while cleaning it and always remember to wash your hands before and after.
  2. No harsh cleansers, antibacterial soaps, makeup, hair products, beauty products, etc. on your piercing. If any of these do come in contact make sure to rinse and clean with the suggested sea salt solution and follow the directions stated above.
  3. Do not use Ear Care Solution on your piercing. This solution is chemically based and is meant for “for external use only.”
  4. Lakes, pools, and especially hot tubs are off limits for the duration of your healing time. Tegaderm patches (waterproof & breathable patches) can be worn over your piercing and may help protect it while in water. Although, we do not suggest doing this on a regular basis they may suffice on limited occasions. Tegaderm patches can be purchased at most pharmacies.
  5. Do not change out the original jewelry you were pierced with until it has fully healed. Although your piercing may seem fully healed long before the healing process is complete, changing it could irritate and start your heal time all over again. Piercings heal from the outside in, the tissue on the inside is delicate and may be easily irritated. Just be patient, and continue cleaning throughout our suggested heal time.
  6. Do not rotate your piercing. Your skin will not get stuck to the metal. Rotating will only cause irritation.
  7. Do not touch or play with your piercing. It will interfere with healing and cause irritation.
  8. Avoid over cleaning. This can also cause irritation and delay healing.
  9. Avoid or cut down on Sun Tanning and Sunless Tanning (Tanning Beds). Sun tanning damages your skin and may cause problems with your piercing. If you do tan make sure to cover the area with a clean fabric to prevent too much exposure to the sun.

Please consult a health care professional at first sign of an infection.

ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
At Cactus Tattoo we suggest using a sea salt solution and/or an alcohol free mouthwash to clean all of your oral piercings.

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Rinse the inside of your mouth with a sea salt solution (Mix 1/8 teaspoon to ½ cup WARM water) 2-4 times a day. If possible, rinse after you eat, smoke or drink anything other than water. Just swish the sea salt solution like a mouthwash.
  2. OR you can rinse with alcohol free mouthwash 2-4 times per day. Do not use any alcohol based mouthwashes to clean your piercing!
  3. Clean the outside of your mouth by saturating a cotton ball or gauze pad with the solution and then compress it to your piercing. (If you are using the H2Ocean Piercing Spray-simply spray the piercing down and use a Q tip to remove any scabs.) It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry.

 

 

TIPS FOR HEALING ORAL PIERCINGS

  1. Oral piercings will inevitably swell! Crushed ice and popsicles can help keep the swelling down.
  2. Ibuprofen, Advil or Aleve (non-aspirin) can help keep the swelling down. Try to take it in the morning when the swelling is the worst.
  3. Do not drink alcohol for at least the first two weeks. Not only is alcohol a blood thinner but it also dehydrates you increasing the swelling and slowing down your heal time.
  4. Eat soft foods for the first few days and be very careful not to bite down on the jewelry. Foods like mashed potatoes and soup will be easiest to eat.
  5. Cut down or quit smoking. Smoking will prolong the healing process so try to cut down if you can.
  6. Take a multi-vitamin and stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water can help keep excess swelling down.
  7. Try to keep talking to a minimum. The less you talk the faster your piercing can heal.
  8. Oral piercings can be damaging to your teeth and gums-make sure you are careful while you are eating. Excessive playing with your piercing can also cause damage to the inside of your mouth.
  9. Make sure the balls stay tight! Check them every day (with clean hands!). A lost ball can result in a lost piercing. Remember: righty tighty, lefty loosey!
  10. Leave the original jewelry in for the duration of healing time. Once your piercing is healed come into the shop and pick from a wide variety of high quality jewelry. We will help you put new jewelry in free of charge! We have non-metallic jewelry (retainers) if you need to remove your jewelry for medical procedures.

Please consult a health care professional at first sign of an infection.

GENITAL PIERCING AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
At Cactus Tattoo we suggest using antimicrobial soap and sea salt solution to clean all of your Genital piercings. The antimicrobial soap we offer is a soap used to help decrease bacterial growth on the skin and help promote healthy healing.

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gently wash the area using the antimicrobial soap no more than 1-2 times daily. While showering, lather up dime sized drop of soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing.
  2. Rinse the area thoroughly.
  3. After cleansing the area, you may also increase comfort by using a sea salt soak to soothe the area. Soak your piercing with the sea salt solution for 5-10 minutes at least once a day. You can do this by lowering your piercing into the cup of solution or by tipping the cup onto your skin and holding it flush to the area.

TIPS FOR HEALING GENITAL PIERCINGS

  1. We suggest waiting about a month before engaging in any sexual activity. It is best to wait until you feel ready and mostly healed. Maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are crucial; all sexual activities should be gentle during the healing period.
  2. Clean the areas with the sea salt solution or antimicrobial soap after engaging in sexual activities
  3. Use condoms or barriers to avoid contact with your partners’ body fluids, even in monogamous relationships.
  4. Be sure to urinate, after cleaning the area with soap, to rinse any piercing that is near the urethra.
  5. To decrease trauma and increase comfort- Sea salt soaks can comfort and also help remove any scabs.
  6. Wear loose, comfortable clothing over the piercing. Tight clothing can rub and irritate piercings.
  7. Take showers vs. baths. Bath tubs can harbor bacteria.
  8. Wash your hands before touching on (or near) a healing piercing.
  9. Make sure the balls stay tight! Check them every day. A lost ball can result in a lost piercing. Remember: righty tighty, lefty loosey!
  10. Take a multi-vitamin and stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water can help keep excess swelling down.
  11. Genital Piercings can bleed freely especially Prince Alberts and Apadravyas, be prepared.

Please consult a health care professional at first sign of an infection.