We generally recommend using Sterile Saline Solutions to care for new piercings.  Saline sprays such as Sterile Piercing Aftercare Wound Wash are available at Mom and Pop Tattoo and Piercing Inc. and at your local pharmacy.  When shopping for saline sprays look for a can with a “push to spray” button on the top of the bottle.  These bottles are sealed and insure that no foreign particles can fall into your aftercare solution, thus contaminating the liquid.  These spray bottles are also good for piercing aftercare because they are slightly pressurized.  Saline will shoot out of the canister with enough force to dislodge most debris that may stick to your jewelry without irritating the piercing site.  As an alternative to buying Sterile Saline Solutions you can make your own sea salt solution at home by dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized fine grain sea salt in 8 ounces of warm, distilled water (NOT TAP WATER). Do NOT use epsom or table salts as these are chemically different from sea salt.

Regardless of your chosen aftercare product, the methods for use will be the same.  Allow the chosen aftercare liquid to flow over the piercing site 3 times per day.  Please do not exceed 3 cleanings per day as bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments.  Do not move, spin or touch your jewelry with your hands as the piercing is healing.  If particulates of any kind are stuck to the jewelry please saturate a q-tip or cotton swab with your aftercare solution and use it to gently clean your jewelry and/or skin.  Your jewelry should be kept smooth and shiny.  Allowing things to stick to your jewelry will create “nooks and crannies” where bacteria may hide.  You do not need to move the jewelry or vigorously scrub the area to remove all dried build-up as the friction may do more harm than good.  Allow the site to air dry or use a clean paper towel to dry if needed (air drying is preferred).

When showering, rinse your piercing under warm water to remove any dried discharge that has built up on the jewelry or around the piercing site. Be careful not to introduce soaps or shampoos to the piercing site as they can cause irritation.  It may be a good idea to do one of your 3 cleanings per day after your shower routine to reduce the risk of any problems from any chemicals accidentally introduced while showering.

More tips for easier healing:

DON’T use any soaps, ointments or chemical cleaners on your piercing.  If you wouldn’t put it in your eye, don’t put it on a piercing.

DON’T twist, turn, move, or play with your piercing. Leaving it alone will help greatly to speed the healing process.

DON’T swim or soak your piercing in chlorinated or unclean water while it is healing.

DON’T change or remove the jewelry until it has fully healed.  Call us if you have questions about how long it generally takes your particular piercing to heal.

DON’T wear low quality body jewelry. It can cause allergic reactions and a myriad of other problems due to the varying biocompatibilities of different metals.  High quality body jewelry is hand polished to a mirror finish to prevent potentially harmful particles from sticking to your jewelry.  Avoid sterling silver, nickel, plated jewelry, and gold beneath 14k.  G23 implant grade titanium is generally what we recommend for the fastest piercing healing time.

Tips for Nipple, Genital, Micro-Dermal & Surface Piercings:

-Think about your lifestyle and position your three cleanings at the best points of your day.  Clean your piercing morning, mid day and before bed as a guild time line.  It may be advantageous to clean your piercing after certain activities.  One of your three cleanings per day should be immediately after your shower routine to flush out any soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. from your piercing; also, after strenuous activity like exercising, playing sports…etc..
-If you have a Nipple Piercing you should consider wearing a tight fitting T-shirt, tank top or sports bra while sleeping.  This will support and protect your piercing from getting pulled on by sheets and/or blankets.
-If you have a Genital Piercing you should try to urinate after cleaning to expel cleaning solutions from the urethra.  Do your best to keep cleaning solutions away from the vaginal opening as the salt can cause vaginal ph imbalance.
-If you have a Dermal Anchor or Surface Piercing you should continue to care for the piercing indefinitely.  After receiving your new surface or dermal anchor piercing you will need to follow the aftercare instructions above for the recommended healing time period.  After the piercing has healed you should be inspecting and cleaning your surface or dermal anchor piercing at least once per week.  Dermal Anchor Piercings are generally far less permanent than other types of piercings.  If, for any reason, you decide to remove your Dermal Anchor please come back to Mom and Pop Tattoo and Piercing Inc. for assistance.  The removal process is very similar to the insertion process using only a piercing needle.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Call Mom & Pop Tattoo & Piercing at

508 SKIN-ART (508-754-6278).