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Oct 20, 2020

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+ Dos + And – Don’ts – For Getting Pierced

Piercing envy is so real these days.

As we scroll endlessly on social platforms, some of us may feel daring enough to try a DIY or two. When it comes to piercings we compiled a quick list of your dos and don’ts for selecting a piercer. And yes, we recommend seeing a professional.

++ Do ++

Do your research. Find a piercer that is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers and feels like the right fit for you and your piercing ~goals~.

Photo Credit: J. Colby Smith

— Don’t —

Go anywhere near a piercing gun. Run, don’t walk, away from that kiosk girl! Piercing guns are NEVER appropriate and often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.

++ Do ++

Talk to your piercer about your lifestyle and anatomy to pick the right piercings and jewelry for you. This is a customized look we’re going for!

— Don’t —

Try to force a specific look when it isn’t suited to your anatomy. Certified piercing professionals will be able to help you plan your piercings around your anatomy as well as existing piercings for the perfect curated look.

++ Do ++

Ensure your initial piercings are fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing.

Photo Credit: So Gold Studios

— Don’t —

Use gold-plated, gold-filled, or sterling silver jewelry for any new or unhealed piercing. Also remember that not all stainless steel is the same quality!

++ Do ++

Keep the area clean. J. Colby Smith recommends, “a simple routine for washing the new piercing with a gentle soap and water, twice daily. Once in the morning and again in the evening. I suggest Dr. Bronner”s “Baby Mild” soap. Wash your hands with soap and water. Moisten the piercing with warm water. Make a soapy lather in your hands. Gently apply and scrub the piercing with your clean fingers. Once pierced area is thoroughly cleaned, rinse off with warm water.”

Most piercers will also recommend a salt water soak or saline compress. The most important part of the piercing is aftercare during the healing process. It can take between 2-8 months for your piercing to fully heal, so be patient.

— Don’t —

Use alcohol, peroxide, ointments of any kind to clean your piercings. So many people make this mistake!

While we’re at it, don’t make your own salt water mixtures. The salt to water ratio must be very specific in order for this to work. J. Colby Smith’s salt solution can be made by “mixing a ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt to 8oz of warm water. Submerge the pierced area for 5 to 10 minutes or apply a wet compress. Repeat this twice daily.”

++ Do ++

Get downsized once the swelling has subsided. Piercings are generally done with a longer piece to compensate for swelling. Once the swelling has subsided (3-6 weeks), you can have the post on your jewelry switched to a shorter length to prevent movement, which helps speed up the healing process.

— Don’t —

Assume that your piercing is healed once you downsized! Continue to wash with saline 2x a day and baby that bad boy till it’s fully healed.

Last but not least, ++ DO ++ show off your new piercing and tag us on our Instagram @at__present .

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