Antibacterial Products – Which To Use And Which To Avoid?

Piercing Antibacterial ProductsIt is a fact that you must take good care of your body piercing so that you can heal comfortably and avoid infections.

If you are not a LITHA follower, you can avail of a variety of antibacterial products to keep your piercing clean and this includes antibacterial products that prevent infection. Let us take a look at the most commonly used products:

• Iodine based antibacterial products like Betadine or Triadine are branded products. But these are not for new piercing, especially those above your neck because the iodine content in it can irritate the piercing.

Surgeons usually use Betadine and other iodine-based antibacterial products before a surgery particularly on skin that is not broken. Since Betadine is for external use only, using it on a fresh piercing can make the skin sensitive to it and cause contact dermatitis.

• There are iodine solutions that could contain citrus acid which can also irritate the new piercing like Hibiclens.

• Professional piercers are recommending liquid soaps that contain Triclosan because it cleans new piercings gently and effectively. But do not use Palmolive dish washing liquid which also contains Triclosan for your piercings! 😉

• Liquid antibacterial soaps like Dial, Nutragina, SoftSoap, Johnson and Johnson products are considered good and do clean the piercing properly. But be cautious about the fragrances or colors used in these products as they might cause skin irritations!

Clearly Natural soap contains very little iodine and also Provon with Chloroxylenol, which could be more effective than other anti bacterial products.

• If you have an ear, nostril, septum, lip or cheek piercing, then you will need the active ingredient Benzethonium Chloride 0.13% which you can find in a product called Sensitive Ears.

• Some people consider alcohol a good cleaning agent but it causes severe inflammations so avoid alcohol!

• When you use saline soaks, remember to wash it off with plain water.

Avoid Bactine, which is only for minor injuries, not piercings!

Apart from the above, there are plenty of home remedies that you can make and use. The popular herbs used here are Chamomile, Goldenseal, etc. that are said to be very effective!

“If My Piercing Starts To Bleed, Changes Color Or Gets Bruised And Swollen, Do I Definitely Have An Infection?”

Body Piercing InfectionNow wait a minute. If there ever was a hasty conclusion, then this is it! 🙂

Bleeding a bit, getting discolored, a little bruising, some swelling – all these are natural outcomes of a new piercing.

Let’s see – you get a nose piercing done. Your piercer will use a clamp – and obviously your skin will bruise a bit. Any kind of puncture can cause redness and a skin piercing is no different.




Do you worry when you scrape your knee and it bleeds, swells a little and then changes color as it heals? Obviously not, and this is simply because that is how all wounds heal naturally. So it is the same with your body piercing.

Piercing will cause swelling around the area, which will subside as the healing begins. Sometimes you might see a whitish yellow fluid coming out from around the piercing. This is also absolutely normal because when the piercing is made, the body finds a way to push out the dead cells in the area.

If you are thinking of pus, then that is entirely different. Okay – so your piercing is going to be a little sore for a while. That will pass too. When the jewelry is inserted into the piercing, there might be a little irritation, swelling and pain. That is a normal reaction of our body to adjust to a foreign object. As the healing progresses, the irritation, swelling and pain subside.

Just don’t do anything weird – like trying to remove the jewelry without first consulting your piercer! 😉




“Can I Get A Permanent Twitch By Accidentally Piercing A Major Nerve Over Eyebrow?”

Can I Get Twitch By Piercing EyebrowBody piercing is fun. But there are a lot of myths that can scare you a little bit, depending on the where you want to get the piercing.

One of the most popular body piercing today is eyebrow piercing. These look great on you, regardless of whether you are a boy or a girl. It is quite fashionable to sport eyebrow body jewelry because it is so visible and attractive.

But there are misconceptions attached to this. Some people will tell you that if you pierce through the nerve above your eyebrow, you’ll get a permanent twitch.

Hey, that is not likely to happen. The truth is, bone, muscles and tissues shield all the major nerves in that area on our face safely. Moreover, we are built to tolerate minor piercings. Therefore, if by chance, a nerve really does happen to be pierced, you will quickly heal and recover. There is no chance of developing a permanent twitch!

What does count though, is that you carefully chose who you are going to get your eyebrow piercing done with. Hygiene definitely counts. Make sure that the piercer is a professional with experience and uses sterilized jewelry on your piercing. It does not hurt to check out the piercer’s studio and also ask your friends for recommendations before you get your eyebrow piercing done.

The important thing is to choose the right kind of jewelry and locate it at the right place. This should be taken care of by your piercer. Eyebrow piercing looks great and attention grabbing.

So just go ahead and enjoy! 😉

“My Piercing Is Infected? I Think I’ll Remove The Jewelry Right Away!”

Infected Piercing - Should I remove jewelry?That is a myth and you have to know it! Generally body piercing tends to heal normally within the time your piercer tells you. Of course, it makes a difference how you look after your body piercing, cleaning it as instructed.

Unfortunately, sometimes the piercing can get infected. At such times, some people make the big mistake of trying to remove the jewelry. This should never be done! Why?

Because if you do remove your jewelry, your skin will begin to close over the infection. When this happens, the infection will become trapped inside your skin, and form an abscess. Once an abscess forms, you might have no option but to go in for surgery to get it removed. That doesn’t sound very good, does it?

Your piercer will explain to you about the possibility of an infection and what to do when that happens. You see, the reason why the jewelry should not be removed is that even when the piercing is infected, with the right treatment, the infection can just drain out through the piercing.

After that, the process of healing resumes. If you remove the jewelry, it’s like you are locking in the infection with no way for it to go out. Then it has no choice but to grow inside, causing a much bigger problem than you bargained for.

If you really have to remove your jewelry do it under the advice and supervision of a doctor who puts you on antibiotic medication for the infection!

“Can My Stomach, Uterus And Veins Get Damaged After A Navel Piercing?”

Belly Piercing RisksIf that were true why would millions of people get a navel piercing and love it? Just goes to show that damaging your stomach, uterus, veins, whatever – is a complete myth!

If you are female and are worrying about your uterus or stomach being damaged, then banish the thought. That is simply not possible. If you make sure you go to a professional piercer who is experienced, he would obviously not pierce your abdomen – that is pretty hard to do. Ok, look at it this way – a good piercer wouldn’t do it – and a lousy one wouldn’t know how to! 😉

Coming to damaged veins – first of all, the navel area of the body has no veins. In fact, one of the reasons why navel piercings take longer to heal is because there is not as much blood flow as to other body piercing areas. Therefore, you cannot get damaged veins from a navel piercing.

Belly button piercing is so common that practically anyone who is interested in a body piercing decides to go in for one. It looks erotic and it looks sexy. Also, there is such a massive variety of belly jewelry to be worn and shown off that you’ve simply got to have one.

You also have a choice of different types of belly piercing (double, top, bottom), each one more attractive than the other. There is something so eyeball-grabbing about a flash of jewelry on a bare midriff – how can you not afford to have one? Just do it! 😉

“As My Body Piercing Heals, Should I Keep Turning The Body Jewelry During The Day?”

Turning Body Jewelry After PiercingJust think about it. You’ve got a brand new body piercing and everything looks good – and it starts to heal. Then you go and rotate the jewelry. What could happen?

You will just interfere with the healing process, breaking the tissue. This forces the healing to begin all over again!

Don’t get it? What I’m saying is – DO NOT, repeat – DO NOT listen to someone who tells you that you should rotate the jewelry in a new piercing to speed up the healing process. If you do this, you will only be inviting skin allergies and irritations, infection and a much longer healing time than you bargained for!

Once you get the piercing, chances are excellent that the healing will start and finish just as you expect it to, so long as you follow all the aftercare instructions given by your piercer.

Keep the piercing clean as recommended and never ever touch it with unwashed hands. So this holds good for touching the jewelry as well. Our body has a natural mechanism for healing and your piercer would tell you what to expect and what to be cautious about. So when you turn the body jewelry, you will be opening up the piercing wound by disturbing the tissue around it. By doing this, the piercing will behave like a fresh piercing each time, increasing your risk of infection.

So remember, do not necessarily touch the body jewelry during the healing process!

Is It Safe To Drink Beer After Having Oral Piercing?

Drink Beer After Oral PiercingOne of the questions that comes up as soon as you get an oral piercing is whether it is safe to drink beer.

You have probably got this hot party lined up and can’t miss it! If anyone has told you that drinking beer can cause yeast infection around your oral piercing, then don’t believe it. It is a myth!

This misconception arises from the belief that any brewed alcoholic beverage can make the piercing develop yeast infection. Read on to find out why this is not true!

Yeasts come in different types. While one type of yeast helps bake bread, some act in brewing beer. Yet others are disease causing. Now we obviously know that bakers and brewers will hardly be using disease-causing yeast. This means, the yeast you can eat cannot suddenly transform into disease-causing yeast, can it? Certainly not.




Disease causing yeast affects people with weak immune systems and low resistance. Oral yeast infections are generally caused by Candida, which is present in the mucus membrane of every healthy person. Sometimes, these cause infections due to various reasons.

Coming to the kind of yeast used by beer brewers, there are two types called top fermenting and bottom fermenting yeasts to produce different types of beers. There is a big variety of yeasts used for different beers and brewing styles. Bavarian and Belgian beers use different strains of yeast for their unique flavors, for example.

As you can see, research shows that none of the yeasts used by brewers and bakers are Candida variants (just go to 7th page of that document!). This means Candida has nothing to do with beer brewing. It also means that it is absolutely safe to drink beer since the yeast used in it will not cause any infections. Beer yeast does not cause diseases.

It is rather unfortunate that some uninformed individuals will tell you about oral piercings reacting with an infection to drinking beer. So tell your friends safely that they can go right ahead and enjoy those few pints without any fear of oral piercing infections. Some quick research online will prove it to you from reliable sources like the Association of Professional Piercers that beer is safe after you get your oral piercing.

Cheers! 😉




Saline Solution – An Important Part Of Body Piercing Aftercare!

Saline SolutionWhen you get your body piercing, one of the important things you will be told about is how to take care of your piercing. Let us talk about saline solution, which helps your piercing heal quickly!

Saline solution is basically salt water. But wait – it is not table salt and water; it is made using salt without iodine since iodine can irritate your body piercing. So you will need iodine-free salt. Your piercer will probably tell you to use sterile, preservative free saline solution available in a spray can which you can use to clean your piercing. There are quite a few brands of such saline solutions out there, by the way – H2Ocean, Easypiercing and others.

Among the packaged saline solution products you will find some without additives and some with non-iodized sea salt mixtures. These come in metal cans, so the chances of contamination are minimized. Most of them contain additives that make the body comfortable.

Saline solution is meant to be used to clean your body piercing and make it heal faster. You soak a bud of cotton wool in the saline solution and then hold it against the piercing. This costs less than other products and can be very soothing, helping your piercing heal quickly. Depending on where you have your body piercing, saline solution can also be used to clean out the crusty matter.

In the course of a day, it is recommended that you use a saline soak at most twice, for a few minutes each time. One way to do it is to invert a cup of warm saline solution on top of the piercing, cupping it. With some piercings this may not be possible, so you may want to soak some clean gauze in the saline solution and hold it against the piercing. Rinse the area after this to remove any crusty stuff.

If you want to make your own saline solution, you can mix a one third teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm distilled or boiled cooled water. Just don’t make it too strong or it might irritate the piercing. Sea salt is available at most drugstores, by the way. You just have to look for the low iodine or iodine-free type! 😉

How To Take Care Of A Tongue Piercing

How To Take Care Of A Tongue PiercingYou must be so excited about your tongue piercing because you cant wait to show it off to your friends and colleagues at work!

But wait; do you know how to take care of a tongue piercing so that it heals properly? Well, your piercer must have told you that it is likely to heal in a fortnights’ time.

You will also be educated about how to clean it and what to watch out for. In addition to the obvious care tips, here are certain things on how to take care of a tongue piercing you can do as part of your daily routine to help your tongue piercing heal! 🙂

Here You Go:

No hot or spicy foods for at least two weeks. There is plenty of time later to enjoy this. If you are wondering why, it is because your tongue can swell up for a few days after the piercing is done and hot or spicy stuff can irritate it.
Avoid coffee, tea and other hot beverages.
Stock up on cold food items. For example: ice cream, chilled yogurt, ice cubes etc. As soon as you wake up in the morning, the swelling is at its worst. Now is the time to take a few sips of chilled water. It soothes the swelling and brings down the pain. Cold stuff keeps the swelling from getting worse.
The moment you get the piercing done, resolve to eat soft foods like mashed veg, fruits, etc.
Be careful to take small bites. Special care must be taken when you chew to avoid accidentally knocking your teeth against the tongue stud or ring, creating pain and also risking tooth damage.
Cut down on alcohol intake as it slows healing. Some people think alcohol heals and this is not true! 😉
Don’t even touch undiluted mouthwash! Apart from feeling uncomfortable, it kills the bacteria that help in healing and even worse, gives you mouth sores. Opt for antibacterial lozenges to suck on so that you can avoid infection.
Check to see whether your jewelry is screwed on tight. Remember your hands must be totally clean when you do this!
Use germicidal soap to wash your hands.
Clean any plaque on the jewelry.
Forget kissing and oral sex until your piercing heals completely! 😉

Once the piercing heals, you can go in for the right sized jewelry. Do not retain the initial longer ring as it can irritate the teeth. Get it done by your piercer!

Well, this is about it! These steps on how to take care of a tongue piercing will definitely help you enjoy yourself!

Pierced It? Leave It Alone!

Leave It The Hell Alone

When people get their first body piercing done, be it nose, ear, lip, tongue or navel – they start worrying about whether it will heal properly.

Sometimes they clean the fresh piercing TOO much, twisting the jewelry and irritating the piercing. In this case your body piercing aftercare attempts can prevent your body from healing the wound rather than heal it! When you get a new piercing, use fragrance-free, anti-bacterial soap and saline soaks. If you find that the soap and soaks irritate your piercing, try to let the wound heal naturally for a short while, using only water to clean the wound.

Leave It  Alone!

The miraculous fact is that our body is capable of healing itself without any help. The piercing is simply a small hole and when done safely by an experienced professional, can easily heal. And many folks do very well without applying antibacterial soap or saline solution to speed up the healing.

Antibacterial soap can clear out the resident and Transient Bacteria from the body, but when it is used for a long time, it can also kill the bacteria that would help fight the bacteria.




As long as you leave it alone, any minor swelling will naturally subside. Of course, you must never touch it or try twisting it. If it does happen to get dirty, you can use clean distilled water or boiled water and a cotton bud to clean it, after which it can be patted dry with a tissue. It goes without saying that if it is just wet, then patting it dry with a tissue is enough. Don’t forget to wash your hands with antibacterial soap before you clean your piercing.

While exercising or showering, you may want to cover the piercing to prevent sweat and moisture. You can use inexpensive cling wrap and tape the edges down instead of investing in bandage.

About the only cleaning agent you will ever need is clean water, if at all you need to clean the piercing. But even this is unnecessary in most cases. For most people, applying cleaning agents or medication only causes irritation around the piercing, further slowing down the healing process.

For many folks ‘Leave it alone’ really works because the concept of the body healing itself is an approach that is safe and promotes quick body piercing healing process! And most likely you’ll end up with a successfully healed piercing if you happen to be healthy and follow the right hygiene. So it’s up to you to decide if you need any extra medication to clean the body piercing. You can also Leave It  Alone! 😉

One extra point worth mentioning here is the question of whether to remove your jewelry if you have an infection. Jewelry should only be removed as a last resort. Removing the jewelry can cause the wound to close and the infection will be caught under your skin, thus forming an abscess. If you have an infection and feel you must remove your jewelry, consult a piercing or medical professional immediately and do not remove the jewelry unless advised to do so. Leave it alone!!