Blog By M. Mitera
Healing piercings can be a difficult process. Some piercings take a while to fully heal and there can be problems that arise during the process, regardless of how well you care for it. Sometimes, things just happen. When you have an angry piercing, it can be tempting to use harsher chemicals on the irritation to attempt to make it go away. It may seem like this is the correct course of action but I’m here to tell you that it is not. There are quite a few things that we have seen clients put on their piercings that should absolutely be avoided. By putting something harsh on your irritated piercing, you’re going to end up making things worse. So here are five products that you shouldn’t put on your piercing because chances are it’s going to do more harm than good.
- Rubbing Alcohol
Have you ever put rubbing alcohol on a cut? If you haven’t, you haven’t experienced the absolute horror that is rubbing alcohol. It hurts. And while it may be cleaning and killing the bad stuff, it’s also taking out the new skin cells that are forming inside the piercing channel (also known as a fistula). If these new cells are killed before they can mature and become stronger, the piercing will remain irritated and angry for far longer than it should.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Much like rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide is incredibly harsh. It kills germs and bacteria but again, also manages to kill a decent amount of healthy skin cells that are forming around the piercing. An added downside of putting hydrogen peroxide on a piercing, especially if you get pierced with us, is that hydrogen peroxide actually can change the color of implant grade titanium. The solution will actually discolor the titanium! It will turn the silver material a dark greyish color. With the price of titanium being so high, you definitely don’t want to be discoloring your jewelry with hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using this on your piercings for the sake of your piercing and your wallet!
- Aspirin Paste
The internet really took this one and ran with it. This recipe is extremely harsh. If used incorrectly (and it often is), this concoction can cause chemical burns on the skin. So yes, it may take away that pesky bump on your piercing but it’s actually going to singe your skin and cause burns. Please, do NOT use aspirin paste on irritated piercings. Out of all of the things that people put on their piercings to try to lower irritation, this has to be one of the worst substances that you can possibly use.
- Tea Tree Oil
Most people aren’t super familiar with how to use essential oils and unfortunately, a lot of people don’t use them correctly. While tea tree oil may have beneficial effects on some things in life, piercings are not one of them. This essential oil is very intense and if just placed directly on a piercing, it can cause severe irritation. It’s a good idea to stay away from essential oils on your piercings, especially if you’re not totally familiar on how to use them.
There are a good amount of people who assume that when you get a piercing, it’s much like getting a cut or scrape. But the truth is, piercings are puncture wounds. They heal differently than a cut or a scrape because your body is trying to heal a wound with jewelry inside of it. Many products in the first aid section of pharmacies say specifically that they are not to be used on puncture wounds, simply because that’s not what they’re intended for. These products tend to contain intense chemicals, numbing agents, cooling components, and other things that will end up causing problems. Additionally, ointment is very sticky and can trap germs and bacteria right next to your new piercing, opening up a whole new world of issues for you.
When you get pierced with us, we go over all of our aftercare with you so you know exactly how to take care of your new adornment. If we have a client with an angry piercing, it reflects badly on us. It’s our goal to provide high quality jewelry and happy, healthy piercings. If you have any questions about the aftercare that you’re using and you want to check to see if you’re taking care of things correctly, don’t be afraid to stop by. We are here to help!