Why Sea Salt Soaks?
One of the best things you can do for all healing or irritated piercings is a saline soak. A warm, mild saltwater solution irrigates, cleanses, and allows the cells to rejuvenate. Saline soaks keep the cells well hydrated while simultaneously flushing out fluid and cellular material that accumulate in the wound. This reduces crusting and helps prevent pockets of trapped matter, which can create unsightly and difficult-to-eliminate bumps. If this debris is not removed, it can impede healing. The warm water also opens capillaries and stimulates blood flow, which transports oxygen to the region, promoting healing.
~ Elayne Angel, Piercing Bible
Basic Aftercare Instructions
Make your solution: dissolve 1/4 teaspoon (NOT table-spoon) of fine-grain, non-iodized sea salt with 1 cup of clean (distilled/bottled) warm water.*
*The correct proportions are critical. If the solution is too strong (hypertonic, or containing more salt than your blood), it can irritate your skin. If your soaks cause your skin to become dry, use a mixture of 1/8 teaspoon sea salt per cup of water. Premixing a large batch may be convenient, but it is safest to make a fresh solution every time you soak, as a stored supply can become contaminated.
What to do with your solution:
Soak your piercing in your saline solution for 2-3 minutes 1-2 times daily, either by submerging the piercing or by compressing with saturated cotton balls. Optimally, soak your piercing prior to showering (which will rinse away the salt crystals and piercing secretions). If you’re not on your way to the shower, follow your saline treatment with a thorough clear water rinse to remove any residue and debris from the wound. Dry with clean paper products and check the threads on any removable balls for security.
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Using your sea salt solution (see Basic Aftercare Instructions) rinse mouth for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily).* It is recommended that you avoid smoking and sexual contact for duration of healing period.
*You may use an alcohol-free/sugar-free antibacterial/antimicrobial mouth rinse in place of the sea salt solution if you wish.
Dermal Anchor Aftercare
In addition to your daily sea salt soaks (see Basic Aftercare Instructions) bandage the piercing with a sterile covering (small Band-Aid or medical tape with gauze) while you sleep for at least the first week. This helps prevent (i) contamination of the area, and (ii) snagging or ripping of the piercing while you sleep. In addition, a properly applied bandage will help the base of the anchor heal at the appropriate depth and angle.*
*It is also a good idea to bandage your piercing before engaging in any activity that could be potentially hazardous (e.g. submerging in unclean water, playing sports, etc.)
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions concerning the care of your piercing!