Cartilage Piercing Care

body piercingWhen it comes to piercing, it is important to go to a professional to prevent any infection, misuse of the apparatus and to reduce the possibility of non-sterile needles and guns. The whole process is done with steel captive bead ring or stud where the professional implements the earring under the skin. Depending on the place you want to pierce, the process can be different. But, since the healing process lasts for quite some time, it is not just about the piercing and how it is done, but also the days or weeks after. In order for the right healing, the skin needs a clear surface and optimal care, so it is crucial to keep good care of it. Since this can be a long lasting outcome, be sure to take into consideration some simple steps like the ones we are going to suggest.

Healing Process

From the moment that you decide to go and have your cartilage pierced, to the moment that you have it healed, there are a lot of factors which can influence the outcome. Some people go to beauty shops which are not specialized for piercing and/or use the wrong tools or in the wrong manner. If this part is already done, and you have successfully completed the piercing phase, the next thing is the healing process. Depending on the part of the body you went for, the whole process can take up to 8 months. It may seem like a long period and it will look like it has already healed, but it does need some time. During that time, there are some things you should be careful about like changing your sheets, your clothes, cleaning the pierced place, etc. In order to have a nice jewelry after, this is what you should do.

Things to Do

The steps to a perfect piercing are quite simple, but if neglected, it can end up with infection and impaired image.

  • When cleaning the piercing, try using clean tap water or saline water which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Don’t use some chemicals like shampoo or aggressive soaps which can irritate the wound and lead to inflammation. After you washed the spot, pat dry, don’t rub the skin. Once the skin is dry, use some hypoallergenic jewelry to prevent the closing of the hole.
  • Regularly change the sheets and wear clean clothes in order to prevent bacteria transmission. This will minimize the infection possibility. Change your pillow case frequently and wash it good.
  • Don’t ever touch the piercing with dirty hands and always make sure you wash them before touching anything.
  • Eat vegetables, fruit, and all the good nutrients in order to have the base ground for proper healing. Your body needs the proper energy and you have to take care of your immune system in order to heal the wound. Get enough sleep and keep your activity at an optimal

What to Avoid

  • Don’t touch the earring and don’t turn the piercing around. Leave it to heal and avoid direct contact with any dirt. This means you should avoid public pools for some time and also don’t use harsh soaps or other aggressive fluids. Stick with the basics as we mentioned above.
  • Don’t use cheap jewelry before the piercing is healed. Use hygienic steel studs or earrings, at least, until the healing process is over. Don’t touch it and never remove the crust, it’ll fall off on its own when the time comes.
  • You should also avoid too much cleaning and rubbing the piercing. Don’t use Bactine and other products that contain Benzalkonium Chloride.

Healing Process of Certain Parts of the Body

It depends if the piercing involves cartilage, skin only and muscle like a tongue. Some people also have a different immune system and body metabolism and their piercing heals quicker when compared to other people. These are the most common parts of the body and their usual time of healing.

  • 2 to 8 weeks – Inner Labia, Hood, Prince Albert
  • 3 to 8 weeks – Tongue, Lip Frenulum, Tongue Web
  • 2 to 4 months – Eyebrow, Lip, Monroe, Medusa, Earlobe, Vertical Lip
  • 2 to 6 months – Septum, Bridge, Nostril
  • 3 to 6 months – Scrotum, Guiche, Frenum
  • 3 to 12 months – Nipple, Ear Cartilage, Transverse Love, Navel
  • 4 to 12 months – Cleavage, Nape, Triangle, Apadravya, Ampallang and some other places.

How Does an Infected Piercing Look Like?

Since the piercing gets inside the skin and it is the invasion of the foreign body inside the skin, the body itself will try to get rid of it. Sometimes, if you get swollen and red skin, it can mean just a regular healing process without any infection. It can also bleed slightly and have a pale discharge which will eventually form a crust that is there to protect the skin. Be patient and leave it do its work. It may have some discoloration, oozing but not pus. Do not force the movement of the piercing and wait for it to free itself from the skin surrounding it. The healing should go from the outside in and that’s why you will probably sense the lack of movement of the earring inside the skin at some early stages of healing.

The infection is when it becomes red, painful to touch, and when the discharge looks like pus. It is surely a bacterial infection and it can also have a foul odor. If you see some of the signs of an infection, you should visit a doctor for a proper treatment. He will probably prescribe you some antibacterial cream in order to stop the inflammation and get rid of the bacteria transmission. It will feel better after a day or two when the drug starts to act.