Read This Before You Even THINK of Getting a Piercing

Caring for your piercing takes weeks. It isn’t just a quick thing. It’s an actual commitment.
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May 15, 2015
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piercings, body art

Getting a piercing is no joke, unlike getting a tattoo, which is hilarious (JK, it’s also pretty serious). From the actual piercing process to looking after your new piercing, there are many things that can go wrong.

I don’t mean to alarm you (I do mean to alarm you), but have you looked up pictures of keloids and infections from piercings? Do you know about all the possible diseases you can get if you aren’t careful about being alert when you have your piercing done? There are so many things to consider.

The Piercing Process

This is the part where you need to stay woke. Choose the place and person who’s going to pierce you wisely. Is it sterile and professional? Does the piercer offer up all the relevant information? Are they coherent and sober? Did they discuss the jewelry with you? Do you feel 100% comfortable in all of this? You can change your mind at any point.

When it comes time to pierce, this goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: MAKE SURE THE PERSON WHO PIERCES YOU OPENS A FRESH NEEDLE IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES. MAKE SURE THEY WASH THEIR HANDS. MAKE SURE THEY ARE WEARING GLOVES AND THAT THEIR GLOVED HANDS ALONE TOUCH YOUR SKIN AND THE JEWELRY AN THE PIERCING SUPPLIES. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS STERILISED.

Sorry about yelling, but unfortunately, we don’t live in a generation where we can get pierced in a van by a guy who also sells lizards and psychotropic drugs. Safety needs to be a priority at all times. The needle that’s going into your skin must be brand-new.

On the subject of needles, make sure you’re being pierced with one. I had my helix pierced with a gun when I was young and persuadable, and it was much, much more painful and seemed never to heal. Eventually, I just took it out and cursed the heavens for what had happened to me.

Aftercare

The worst thing about a piercing is that it not only hurts while it’s happening, but it hurts for a long, long time afterwards. It’s important to remember that caring for your piercing after the fact takes weeks. It isn’t just a quick thing. It’s an actual commitment.

I couldn’t sleep on my (preferred) right side for weeks after I had my ear done. Let this stew. Think about this. Is it worth it? Are you up for it? There’s no going back because you can’t just take it out and be done with it.

A couple of things to remember:

  • Don’t change your piercing for the recommended time frame (depends on the piercing). Make sure your piercer gives you this information.
  • Don’t touch your piercing with your filthy hands or let anybody else touch it. Don’t twist or fiddle with your piercing when it isn’t being washed, as this can cause tears and irritations.
  • Clean your piercing two times a day. To do this, wash your hands first. Then, with warm gentle antibacterial soap and water or saline solution, gently soak and move the piercing around to ensure the whole area is clean. Rinse with clean, warm water and dry off with a clean tissue. Don’t touch it again until the next time you clean it.
  • For some reason, people think that putting alcohol and other harsh irritants on your fresh piercing is a good idea. Don’t do this. You’ll just hurt yourself and may cause scar tissue to form in the area.

Do you have any piercings? Would you consider getting a piercing? For those who have both tattoos and piercings, which do you think hurts more? I think piercings are much more trouble after the fact.