NEVER TWIST, TURN, OR PLAY WITH THE JEWELRY IN YOUR NEW PIERCING!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL PIERCINGS OTHER THAN THE TONGUE:
DO NOT EVER TOUCH YOUR NEW PIERCING.
Touching your new piercing can cause problems, especially if you have not washed your hands. As long as you leave your piercing alone while it's healing, you should have no trouble with bacterial infection. Introducing your piercing to foreign bacteria is what causes infection. For example: Touching money, doorknobs, or other people, and then touching your piercing, could introduce bacteria. No piercing gets infected on its own.
Suggested aftercare products:
Neilmed piercing aftercare spray or a comparable packaged sterile saline solution with no additives. You can find those products here at Chameleon, or at your local pharmacy. Spray directly onto the piercing and air dry twice daily. If your skin becomes dry or itchy, use the solution less frequently.
For oral (lip, philtrum, labret, etc) piercings, we suggest an antiseptic non-alcoholic mouthwash. Rinse 2-4 times daily for one week after getting an oral piercing.
NEVER USE Bacitracin, Neosporin, or A&D ointment. Petroleum based ointments can clog the piercing and make it difficult for your body to heal. NEVER USE rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Claire's ear care solution, Betadine, witch hazel, or Hibiclens. These products are too strong and can irritate your piercing.
Avoid over-cleaning with cotton products, gauze, or fabric. Any excessive friction or movement of the jewelry can irritate your piercing. Do not rotate the jewelry in your piercing!
If you ever experience redness in the area around your piercing for 24 hours or more, please come show it to us!
Some swelling, redness, and tenderness is normal during the healing process. You should contact a health care provider if you experience any unexpected redness, excessive tenderness or swelling, a rash, greenish discharge, or if you have a fever within 24 hours of the procedure.
Sea salt and warm water soaking:
This is an optional (less expensive/more effort) alternative to purchasing saline spray. Wash your hands first! Place 1/8th of a teaspoon of sea salt in any 8oz. glass (like a CLEAN shot glass), and fill the glass with warm water. Distilled water is preferable. Stir until the ingredients are well mixed. Place the piercing over the glass, press the glass towards the body, lean back, and let it soak.