Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Favorite Product for Healing My Piercings

Note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to piercing care. The healing process will vary from person to person and from piercing to piercing. Always discuss aftercare with your piercer.


To date, I have five current piercings and two retired piercings. I got my lobes pierced when I was young, maybe ten years old, and though I got my second lobes pierced when I was thirteen or so, they never fully healed so I retired them. Then, last year I got my tragus pierced in October, and this year in February I got my nipples pierced. So, while I'm not the most pierced person in the world, I've definitely gotten enough done to figure out what healing methods work for me and, since so many Goths get pierced, I thought I'd share:

My favorite product for healing my piercings is called H2Ocean. When I got my tragus done, I went to a piercing shop (Haven, in North Hampton, MA, if you cared) who promoted H2Ocean as their cleanser of choice. I went with my roommate getting who was getting their second nostril piercing and the piercer seemed super enthusiastic about it, so we split the cost and gave it a shot.

What it is is purified salt water, and it is in a sterile spray can. You can put it on anything, including tissues and cotton balls, but also chamomile tea bags for compresses. For soaking my new piercings I add a squirt of H2Ocean to the warm water, so it's like a salt water bath. I used it for my tragus, which is still going strong and mostly (if not totally) healed.

When I got my nipples pierced, I went to a different shop (Lucky's in North Hampton) who offered me a little baggie of salt which I was supposed to add to warm water and soak my piercings in, but besides looking like a little baggy of cocaine sitting on my dresser, it really didn't feel sterile and, though I used it for a while, I much preferred H2Ocean. So I bought my roommate and I a second can, and they agreed with me that they really likes using it.

Can I think of a con to it? Well, the bottle is kind of small for $10, but I only really noticed because I was sharing it with another person, you really don't need much of the stuff to clean each time. If you were just keeping the bottle to yourself I'm sure it would last the full duration of your healing process, if not longer.

So, that's it! My favorite product for my piercings. Next week stay tuned for my wishlist of piercings.

What was your most recent piercing? What products did you use to heal it?

10 comments:

  1. My favorite method to heal piercings is just to leave them alone and not do anything. Soap and water in the shower...that's it. my most recent was my septum. can't wait for your wishlist post!

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    1. Ahh I think septum piercings look awesome, if I weren't doing "corporate" work I would get mine done, I think.

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  2. I recently got my septum pierced, which is my first "real" piercing, besides my earlobes. I am using the little baggie of salt + hot water method, which works just fine for me. It's healing nicely so I don't see any downsides to it for me, then again I also haven't tried any other methods so I'm not really a fair judge :3

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    1. That makes sense! Do you know what kind of salt you're using?

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  3. I only have my eyebrow pierced and my ears stretched and pieced. I had a belly button piercing but the person failed and did not pierce it deep enough. I soak my plugs every few weeks in a saline solution (Kosher and Dead Sea Salt with water) to keep my ears from smelling funky.

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    1. Oh no! That sucks that it wasn't deep enough, I've heard of that before though and it just sounds highly unpleasant. What size are your plugs?

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  4. I prefer the leave it alone method. Salt soaks have only ever irritated me (but that was probably because I'm incapable of mixing an not-insane amount together). The can sounds a lot better than when I was trying to help my now-retired nose piercing out and ended up breathing more water than it was actually helping.

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    1. The first time I tried the salt I think I used waaaay too much salt and it was pretty unfortunate, it made my piercing feel kind of grainy until I flushed it for what felt like hours. Also, breathing in the water...ouch!

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  5. Did you ever put in that Skelton Hand Tragus Earring? I've been dying to get one but wanted to see how it looked!

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