Isn’t the internet wonderful?  Instant map and directions to anywhere, what’s the weather going to be tomorrow… in Greece, how long does it take to heal my piercing, and everyone’s favorite: what am I dying of today- WebMD.  While the internet can make life a bit easier at times there are specific instances it can complicate things.  Take the piercing aftercare topic for example.  Go ahead.  Open another window and search “piercing aftercare.”  I’m sure you’ll end up with at least 3 different suggestions for each piercing along with just as many suggested healing times.  Tattoo aftercare isn’t any different.

While every artist and studio will say something different there should be a few guidelines to think about before you follow any advise.

  • If it’s the same aftercare directions they gave out 10 years ago maybe you should ask someone else.  If your doctor or pharmacist hasn’t updated their suggested treatments in the last decade you’d find a new doctor, right?  We are always improving and learning.  No more Bactine.
  • Moving jewelry doesn’t make sense.  Does ripping the scab of a healing tattoo make sense?  The next time you skin your knee rip the scab off everyday.  Sounds dumb, right… it is.  Everytime you move a piece of jewelry you rip apart all the healing that has been done that day.  Stop moving your piercings.  Unless you got pierced at the mall.  But that’s an different problem requiring a different blog topic.
  • In preschool we are taught to wash our hand because they are dirty.  You’re not in preschool any more buy your hands are still dirty. Don’t touch it.
  • Over cleaning causes more problems than leaving it alone. When in doubt keep it simple.
  • Neosporin says right on the package not to use on puncture wounds.  What do you think a piercing is? You were just PUNCTURED by a needle.  It’s a puncture wound.  No Neosporin or ointments. And don’t take it from me.  It says so on the package.

There are a ton of variables that can change the healing time of a piercing or tattoo.  Some you have control over, some you don’t.

  • Was it done correctly?  While correct placement won’t guarantee a healed piercing it sure will help.
  • Is it the correct jewelry?  Jewelry that is too thin/short/long or wrong material will not help a piercing heal any faster. Did the piercing only cost $20?  What do you think that jewelry is made of if even after the piercer gets paid they can only charge $20 and still make a profit.  Melted down hubcaps.  That’s what it’s made of.   When the swelling goes down stop in to a reputable shop to downsize so it is less likely to get caught on things.  When?  When the swelling goes down.  Some people it could be 1 month, others 5 months.  If you’re jewelry is sticking out get it checked out.
  • Do you ever sleep?  What’s your diet like?  We all know what we put in is what we get out. Be nice to your body if you want it to heal weird things.  Getting a tattoo or piercing is not a normal bodily function.  It takes extra work to heal these things.
  • Are you always cold?  People with bad circulation take longer to heal.
  • Do you have a piercing/tattoo shop that you trust?  You should have someone you can ask 7 million questions, call, email, DM and stop in every other day to check if your new piercing or tattoo is “doing okay” without feeling dumb.

That’s us.  No matter where you got it done CowPok is always here to help.  We want everyone to sparkle.