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Body/Facial Piercing Solution

What you need: 

1/3 cup sea salt
1 cup water

What you do: 

Mix the sea salt and water together in a spray bottle or in a container. Shake it to disperse the salt throughout the water. Spray on to the pierced area twice a day or apply with a cotton swab.

Preparation Time: 
1 minute
Cooking Time: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I found that the warmer the water, the more soothing and less stingy the chore of cleaning my piercings are.  This is great for sensative places that can get the "crusties" (do I really have to name them...?)  Plus, as an added bonus, it doubles for Afrin in the wintertime when post nasal drip bothers the back of my nose ring.  But, for those with a new piercing, you should use an antimicrobial soap as well, such as Satin or a surgical scrub. Save the saline for turning the ring at first. 

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can i use this on new piercings(like a day old or younger)?

yes, absolutely a very mild saline solution is the best wash for new piercings  ;)

what would you say is a cup of water?? 8 ounces???

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thanx so much!  :)

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can i use this on new piercings(like a day old or younger)?

yes, absolutely a very mild saline solution is the best wash for new piercings  ;)

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can i use this on new piercings(like a day old or younger)?

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I'm glad that all of you posted your thoughts and attitudes toward d.i.y. piercings...

the only real reason that i wanted to do it myself was because my mom dose not want me to do it and if i did it myself it would be more....secretive i guess  hmm

anywho i wont be able to pierce it over Christmas because I'm gonna be away and i don't want to pierce it while I'm not at home...so thanx again and ..umm....I'll see ya on the flip side i suppose....

                                                                              :P XrofX  :P

if you're getting a piercing to say F U to your mom, you getting it for all the wrong reasons. and if you think doing it yourself is more subtle, try explaining it when she has to drive you to emerge because you've contracted a blood infection or are bleeding badly. I accidentaly cut off the tip of my finger a while back, and while I was waiting to get seen there was a girl there with her friend and her mom, who had tried to pierce her own bellybutton, and was bleeding profusely. the mom did not look pleased. honestly, if you're the legal age to get pierced without parental consent, just go for it. it's not like you're getting a tattoo, if your mom has that big of an issue with it you can just take it out. my dad threatened to kick me out if I ever got a piercing, I hid my septum ring fro him for months, and when he finally found out about it, he was surprisingly chill. take it easy, and if you're gonna go for it, do it safely

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all good advice, but as a licensed body piercer i have to remind everyone that sterility is VERY important when using an aftercare product (especially one you make yourself). h2Ocean makes a purified ocean salt water spray that we use in our shop, but several other companies make natural salt water piercing aftercare products that stay sterile for every use. make sure if you diy this aftercare solution that you pour it into a sterilized container, preferably with a spray nozzle.

Thank you for your professional advice.  I don't believe the H2Ocean product you have mentioned was on the market back in my piercing days.  They do not list the full ingredients of the H2Ocean products on their website, nor what percentage the salt content is. If you have access to the bottles of this product, could you please post what the salt percentage is if it is available on the label. 

I was able to find a seller on Amazon who listed the ingredients for the Body Piercing Aftercare Spray; "the ingredients are Purified Water, Sea Salt, Lysozyme and Sodium Benzoate which are natural to the body's own metabolism."  I do not know if all the H2Ocean products contain Lysozyme, because the company does not disclose this info on the website.  If you are vegan you may want to double check the ingredients of the H2Ocean product you are using, because Lysozyme is an enzyme (protein) which is typically derived from egg whites.  There is a vegan alternative to Lysosyme on the market called Lysobac.

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make sure you use natural sea salt, with no iodine in it. also, unless you're using distilled water, always boil the two together and then let it cool to luke warm before you put it on a piercing

all good advice, but as a licensed body piercer i have to remind everyone that sterility is VERY important when using an aftercare product (especially one you make yourself). h2Ocean makes a purified ocean salt water spray that we use in our shop, but several other companies make natural salt water piercing aftercare products that stay sterile for every use. make sure if you diy this aftercare solution that you pour it into a sterilized container, preferably with a spray nozzle.

and i've seen more diy piercings end in infection and scar tissue than i've seen successfully healed. disposable piercing needles are designed to pierce the skin cleanly. most diy implements (safety pins, straight pins, earrings, et. al) rip through the skin (in much the same way piercing guns do, just with less speed/force) and don't really allow for optimal healing and can lead to unnecessary bruising. this is not to say they won't heal, but the process will be longer and more arduous than if you just let a licensed piercer do it.
i don't wanna seem an opponent to the diy culture, there are many things i choose to do on my own. but piercing isn't one of them. it's akin to a surgical procedure and i wouldn't diy a surgery.
i don't care what anyone says. crusty sores and oozing pus are only cool on zombies. if you're not a walking dead,  they're nasty and a biohazard to everyone you come in contact with. i'd rather you not get your gangrene on me, so be safe kiddos.

I agree, and besides, professional piercings don't cost that much - usually $25 a pop. Totally worth it!

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make sure you use natural sea salt, with no iodine in it. also, unless you're using distilled water, always boil the two together and then let it cool to luke warm before you put it on a piercing

all good advice, but as a licensed body piercer i have to remind everyone that sterility is VERY important when using an aftercare product (especially one you make yourself). h2Ocean makes a purified ocean salt water spray that we use in our shop, but several other companies make natural salt water piercing aftercare products that stay sterile for every use. make sure if you diy this aftercare solution that you pour it into a sterilized container, preferably with a spray nozzle.

and i've seen more diy piercings end in infection and scar tissue than i've seen successfully healed. disposable piercing needles are designed to pierce the skin cleanly. most diy implements (safety pins, straight pins, earrings, et. al) rip through the skin (in much the same way piercing guns do, just with less speed/force) and don't really allow for optimal healing and can lead to unnecessary bruising. this is not to say they won't heal, but the process will be longer and more arduous than if you just let a licensed piercer do it.
i don't wanna seem an opponent to the diy culture, there are many things i choose to do on my own. but piercing isn't one of them. it's akin to a surgical procedure and i wouldn't diy a surgery.
i don't care what anyone says. crusty sores and oozing pus are only cool on zombies. if you're not a walking dead,  they're nasty and a biohazard to everyone you come in contact with. i'd rather you not get your gangrene on me, so be safe kiddos.

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don't ever ever EVER pierce with a piercing gun!! they essentially force a blunt object through the tissue, causing pain, damage, and swelling. a hollow needle not only creates a bigger hole, but actually removes a small piece of tissue, rather than stretching the existing tissue. I've had 14 piercings done, from surface bars, to genitals, to lobes, and the only truly painful experience I've had was when my lobes were pierced with a gun. not to mention the guns used by salons are impossible to sterelize properly. if you must do it yourself for cost reasons or whatever, try to find a piercing/tattoo supply store, most sell sterile needles and rings for a couple dollars.
if you're planning on using a captive bead ring, you're also going to need opening and closing pliers, which are going to run you up to $30/per, at which point it's probably cheaper (not to mention safer) to get a pro to do it. as for the temperature, my piercer recommended a very warm strong salt soak (with no rotation) for an abscessed nipple ring. after about 5 minutes I could actually see the puss being drawn out of the piercing, so trust me it works, just don't do it all the time. and remember that nothing is a substitute for getting checked out by your piercer if you think something's wrong

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