I hope that you are all having a great week! I think I might have mentioned that I injured my foot the weekend before last. Unfortunately it is taking a long time to heal, and I have had to have some time off to recover! I have to keep off my foot as possible which includes avoiding driving (it’s my left foot, and I have a manual/stick shift car). So my strategy for today’s post was to type it on my iPad but hop over to the PC for the photos.
I had considered doing a video on this topic but realised it’s probably going to be more clear if I cover this in writing.
Let’s get started!
You might have noticed that I’ve been looking a bit different in my photos, since my return from New York.
Can you see it?
Here, I’ll make it clearer! ;P
Sure, I’ve had my ears pierced since childhood, but I was totally new to looking after a face/body piercing!
I am happy to report that, almost 3 months post piercing, my nose is healing well and I did not experience any swelling or major infections during this period.
This is not designed to replace professional advice from your piercer – always listen to them! – but here is what worked for me:
- Research what you want to have done, the type of piercing, before swinging by a studio. This way you can make an educated decision, rather than just acting on the fly! For example, you may need to consider such issues as will or won’t a piercing be acceptable at your place of work.
- Get any and all piercings done professionally, by a reputable studio. I went to Andromeda upon the recommendation of my (well pierced!) cousin.
- Discuss what you are wanting with the piercer and ask questions. It was important that I did ask a lot of questions, as they originally had wanted to place my stud in a place that would make it difficult to wear a ring (I want to be able to wear a stud OR ring, whereas other people may specifically only want one or the other).
- Ask the piercer which gauge they are using (this determines the size of the jewelery you will wear in it now and later – mine is 18g).
- Follow the studio’s recommended aftercare instructions! Andromeda were great because they gave me an information sheet to take home – there was no way I could forget!
I bought the products my piercer recommended for aftercare, but found that of these only 1 was necessary in my case (the cotton tip there is there for me to remind you that using a cotton tip to clean is best for your nose! Cotton balls snag on the jewelery):
I strongly recommend H2Ocean spray. It is so easy to use. It is a solution of sea salt, purified water, and minerals to help heal you up fast. I rotate the jewelery, then spray H2Ocean onto a cotton tip then swab around the outside of the jewelery, then spray the other (clean) tip and do the inside. I bought these in the US – the small size was perfect for taking onboard the plane home – but the official website is here (I notice they also produce products for tattoo aftercare). The RRP in the US is approximately $10 for the large can, and $8 for the smaller one.
I found that the Studex After Piercing Lotion (in the white bottle; RRP approximately $8) wasn’t really necessary. It smelt a bit chemical like and didn’t seem to do anything that the H2Ocean couldn’t, so I ceased using it after about a week.
A cheaper option for cleaning and caring for the piercing – which was also recommended to me by the piercer as an alternative to H2Ocean – is simply to dissolve 1/4 tablespoon of non-iodised sea salt into an 8 oz (approx. 230mL) glass of boiling water. Let it cool to at least “warm” temperature (check it first!) and then apply the solution to the piercing site. I noticed this sells at my local supermarket for approximately $2 AUD – mega bargain but it is not so great if/when travelling or if you are in a hurry.
I was advised that I need to wait 3 months before I can change my jewelery – it’s going to be interesting trying to get it out!
Do you have any piercings?
What do you think of my tips? Have I left anything out?
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