Before cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly with liquid antimicrobial soap and hot water. Never touch healing piercings with dirty hands. This is vital for avoiding irritation and infection.
Packaged sterile saline (with no additives, read the label) is a gentle choice for piercing aftercare. If sterile saline is not available in your region a sea salt solution mixture can be a viable alternative. Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine free), fine- grain sea salt into one cup (8 oz. / 250ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; salt solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing
If your piercer suggests using soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes or fragrances.
REMEMBER: You do not need to rotate your jewelry, doing so could draw bacteria inside of the piercing causing an irritation or infection.
Use one or more of the following solutions for inside the mouth:
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSIDE THE MOUTH
Rinse mouth with your chosen solution for 30-60 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXTERIOR OF LABRET (CHEEK AND LIP) PIERCINGS
Soak in saline solution and/or wash in mild, fragrance-free liquid soap.
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Leave bandage on until the following day (minimum of 4 hours).
Wash your tattoo 3 times per day with a mild, baby-safe soap that is unscented (Dr. Bronner’s, Hibiclens, etc.) and running water. Do not use antibacterial soap on your new tattoo. Never use bar soap directly, only use the lather.
After washing, for the first 3 days, apply a light amount of A&D ointment. Apply as you would a lip balm, just enough to keep your tattoo moist.
After the first 3 days, continue to wash your tattoo 1 to 2 times per day with running water and apply a light amount of unscented original formula lotion (Curel, Lubriderm, etc.)
Make sure your hands are clean before touching your healing tattoo.
Your tattoo will start to peel and flake off in a few days. Treat it like a sunburn. DO NOT go into direct sunlight or tanning for 2-4 weeks. DO NOT soak or swim with your tattoo for 2-4 weeks. That includes bathtubs, jacuzzis, hot tubs, rivers, lakes and/or oceans.
Always apply a 30 SPF sunblock to your tattoo when it is exposed to any sun or artificial (tanning) light. Your tattoo will look a lot better longer if you do this every time you are exposed. Either that or cover it up!
Never pick, scratch or peel at your healing tattoo.
Healing time is between 2-6 weeks.