What to Avoid After a New Piercing
After Getting a New Piercing
There are many things that you should do after you get a piercing, which the piercer will tell you about. However, a lot of the time, except for a few little things that they find common, they won't advise against things.
I have personal experience with this matter, as I have just gotten my industrial and, thus far, treated it pretty roughly. So, I'm here to share with you all my "oops" moments in the hope that you don't make them as well!
1. Don't Play With it Excessively
One very basic thing that you don't want to do with your new piercing, especially an industrial, is to play with it excessively. I know that when I get nervous, or am just bored, I'll often try to play with it. But, all this will do is add trauma to the wound.
2. Don't Use Certain Headphones
Another thing that people don't normally think about is the type of headphones to use. Earbuds are better if you've got a piercing on your ear, especially an industrial or cartilage piercing.
I use "over-the-ear" headphones, which means that they rest on my ears, as opposed to the earbuds that go into your ears. I would advise that, if you have headphones like mine, you should invest in a cheap $10 pair of ear buds until your piercing heals. Otherwise, this can also cause trauma to the wound. Because even if you don't necessarily realize how hard the earphone sits on your ear before you get pierced, you definitely will notice it afterwards.
3. Avoid Hair Treatments
Also, try to refrain from any hair treatments while it's healing. Hair treatments, especially when performed at home, can be messy and get onto or into your piercing, which can cause an infection. Even when done professionally, nobody is perfect and the professional can slip up. There are preventative measures that you can take, but especially if you're bleaching, it is a very traumatic thing to do to your fresh piercing.
4. Don't Sleep On It
If you can help it, get the piercing on the side of your head that you don't sleep on. This is a common known fact, but especially for ones that don't heal as fast, like cartilage ones, it can have a major effect on the healing process. If you get it on the side that you dominantly sleep on, there are two very big problems things that can arise.
- It can cause you discomfort and maybe loss of sleep which will damage your immune system which what helps you heal.
- You will be, once again, moving your piercing around in ways it's not used to going, and this will possibly tear or traumatize your wound.
5. No Concerts
Everybody loves concerts, but these are one of the biggest things that you should try to avoid. Especially when the band is of a heavier genre, and even in lighter ones like ska.
As soon as you get into that crowd, you come into contact with numerous dangerous things. This includes things such as crowd surfing, mosh or dance pits, random surges because of the aforementioned things, and just people hitting you in general.
For smaller piercings, it's easier to avoid direct contact with such things. However, for bigger ones, like cartilage piercings, or even surface piercings on other parts of your body besides your ears, it can get very tricky to avoid situations in which trauma will be caused to it.
These are five easy ways to make sure that your healing process is quick and fast, and ways to avoid further trauma to the piercing than it has already gone through. Thanks for reading!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.