Piercing is not new to us women kind. We’ve been getting pierced for centuries now. More recently however, piercing has evolved a gender-neutral phenomenon. Also piercing is no more restricted to just ears and nose—eyebrows, belly button and all kinds of other body parts can now be pierced!
   
However fancy and cool this trend might seem, it definitely needs one to be serious about skin care. You need to make sure you pick the right skin aesthetician to take care of your piercing and its aftercare. Aftercare is important because pierced skin is extremely susceptible to infections which can cause a lot of misery.

Read on as we curate some key points for you to keep in mind while you get your skin pierced and about it aftercare...
 
Be attentive
 

Be attentive

Make sure you know what equipment your piercer will use, whether it is a gun or a needle. It is advisable to get piercing done with a needle rather than a gun as the gun forces the earrings through, which applies a lot of pressure and unnecessary damage to the skin tissues. Using a needle means that you can control the accuracy and keep a check if the needle is sterile. Also, the needle ensures small incision into the tissue which means minimal damage to the area.
 

Wash with care
 

Wash with care

After the piercing is done make sure you keep the pierced area clean. Wash your pierced part with soap and water or saline solution. Avoid applying any alcohol based product. Alcohol makes your skin dry, which means it can crack and bleed, causing wounds to remain open and not heal properly. Use oil-based soaps so the wound stays clean and it helps soften up the healing tissue. Don’t over clean it because that too can delay healing.

Be patient
Be mentally prepared because piercing takes time to heal. Nurse it back to health, keep it clean and make sure that there is no swelling. If you see swelling apply ice. Basically, aftercare is crucial so make sure you are careful. Ear lobes take about 2-3 months to heal and cartilage take about 3-10 months. The minute it stops hurting, swelling and secreting fluid and any redness, that means it has healed.
 

See the piercer
 

See the piercer

If you notice excessive swelling, redness or heat then consult your piercer. Don’t stress, this happens because your piercing is not fully healed. Don’t search online or ask friends just GO TO THE PIERCER. If you think that the visit wasn’t helpful then visit the doctor.

Be extra careful
Healing process is very delicate and it takes months. So make sure you don’t dress up in something that would hurt your piercing, don’t tug the area. This can delay the healing process. Don’t change your jewellery without the help of your piercer. Reduce the intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol until the piercing is healed. Avoid going for a swim or take a bath in tubs because it can cause skin infection.