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Piercing Aftercare

  1. During the healing process, secretions from the piercing often dry on the jewellery and around the entrance and exit points of the piercing. Cleanse and use aftercare 1 to 3 times daily. We recommend using an all natural aftercare product, such as “SUNSHINE MIST”, available at Westcoast Piercing and Ink. The benefit of using this natural product is that it absorbs quickly into the pores to enhance the skin cells to heal from the inside out.
  1. Spray Sunshine Mist directly on the piercing site after cleansing with warm water. DO NOT WASH OFF. If water is not available, spray Sunshine Mist on the site to assist in softening the secretions (crusties) and then remove them with a Q-tip. Respray and air dry. SUNSHINE MIST may be used on all NON-ORAL PIERCINGS and other types of abrasions such as cuts, bites, facial blemishes, friction burns or chaffing.
  1. You may also use Sterile Saline to clean your new piercing. Spray piercing site to soften any secretions (crusties) then gently remove them with a Q-Tip saturated with the sterile saline. Gently spray again and air dry.
DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, BACTINE, RUBBING ALCOHOL or IODINE ON BODY PIERCINGS! These products may increase dryness leading to cracking, creating an entrance point for bacteria or cause thick, discolored scar tissue. Products such as Polysporin or other petroleum based ointments should also be avoided as they may clog the pores around the piercing, not allowing it to breathe adequately, leaving the site gooey and moist (not what you want for a piercing. Soaps containing deodorants, cold creams, strong perfumes or other additives may also cause irritation and slow down the healing process.

  1. ORAL PIERCINGS such as lip, tongue, and cheek: Rinse twice daily, morning and evening, with Oral B or Listerine antiseptic mouthwash. For added oral hygiene: dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in warm water and gargle a couple of times a day. Rinse your mouth with bottled water after everything you eat or smoke. Yogurt, beer and oral sex should be avoided for the first week as they may promote yeast infections in the mouth. It is also a good idea to use a new toothbrush as bacteria is often retained in old bristles.
  1. Handling or oral contact with new piercings may cause infection. Although genital piercings do not prohibit sex during the healing process, condom use during intercourse will reduce the possibility of infection.
  1. Minor soreness may be experienced when some new piercings are healing. With proper aftercare, infections are rare. Should you show signs of infection (such as the piercing site becomes very sore and/or excessive redness or discharge occurs for an extended period of time) we suggest you consult your piercing practitioner or a physician as soon as possible. Removal of the jewellery may cause the entrance and exit points to heal first, trapping bacteria inside the piercing. DO come in for a consultation prior to removing the jewellery.
  1. HEALING TIMES: Ear lobes, tongue, nostril and genital membranes require approximately 2 - 3 monthes healing - with jewellery in at all times. All other piercings require up to six months and occasionally longer.
  1. CAUTION: Wait until the piercing site is healed before removing jewellery, as the inner membrane of the piercing may tear easily when the jewellery is re-inserted. If for some reason you must remove your jewellery before the piercing is healed (eg. surgery, job interview, family function), insert a piece of nylon monofilament fishing line cut slightly longer than the length of the piercing. This will keep the piercing open until the jewellery is re-inserted.
  1. ONCE THE PIERCING IS HEALED: body jewellery can be removed and changed anytime. Soften the surrounding tissue with warm, soapy water and slide the jewellery back and forth before removing. This thoroughly cleans and lubricates the site for insertion of the new piece of jewellery. Clean new jewellery with rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap to ensure it is germ-free. For easier insertion, you may wish to further lubricate the jewellery with warm, soapy water.

If you have any further questions feel free to call (604) 584-639 or email