Method 1: H2Ocean H2Ocean is a topical spray made entirely of natural products. This spray is recommended throughout the industry for use on new piercings. One of the many benefits to this spray is that if you have sensative skin this is perfect for you. There are several benefits to using this spray. Some of which include:
Lysozyme is the active ingredient in H2Ocean. This is an enzyme which is capable of killing over 650 types of virus, fungi, disease and bacteria. Lysozyme is found in bodily fluids such as tears, saliva and breast milk and protects us from airborne bacteria.
Helps increase the circulation in the piercing which causes the piercing to heal at a faster rate than traditional methods.
During cleaning it helps remove dried discharge and lymph excretion from around the piercing and the jewelry.
Method 2: Warm Sea Salt Soak The sea salt method is not an uncommon method and is widely recommended. This is something that you can typically get the ingredients for at your local grocery store. For best results perform at least two warm sea salt soaks a day. This will help to clean out any discharge, sooth irritation, and help with blood circulation resulting in better healing. When shopping for sea salt make sure it is pure sea salt not iodized or table salt. Check the ingredients label before use. If it only contains sodium chloride or sodium chloride and calcium then you are good to go. Never overdo your salt to water ratio. This could be harmful to your piercing. The proper ratios will be listed below.
To begin make your water as warm as you can but not warm enough to burn yourself. If you have a small glass container which can fit over your piercing and form a water tight seal then do so. Fill the glass with the sea salt solution and hold it on the piercing for 5 minutes or until the water cools. For some body parts such as genticals the most effective method is to use a bathrub to soak. Be sure to clean the tub with bleach before and after the soak.
Method 3: Antibacterial Soap You probably already have this laying around your house. Although not as recommended as the first two methods washing a piercing with antibacterial soap will work just fine. Antibacterial soap can remove dirt around the piercing along with any dried discharge. Many antibacterial soaps also kill bactera which will help prevent the possibility of infections.
Before washing your piercing wash your hands first. This is important to remove any dirt and bacteria off of your hands before touching the piercing. Do not use soaps with fragrances or dyes in them. If the soap contains tricoslan do NOT use it. Lather the soap in your hands and then lather the piercing. Do not apply the soap directly to the piercing before lathering. This method is easiest to do during a shower or bath.
Rubbing Alchohol or Hydrogen Peroxide: These chemicals are too harsh for fresh piercings. Alchohol is notorious for irritating and drying out new piercings while hydrogen peroxide is known for destroying the skin around the piercing resulting in slower heal times.
Antibiotic Ointments: These are not meant to be used for more than two weeks. Piercings take longer than that to heal. This makes these products essentially uselsss. Other probelsm with ointments however is the fact that many of them contain petrolium jelly which restricts oxygens access to the piercing creating a warm enviorment in which bacteria can thrive. Petrolium jelly can also make it harder for other cleaning methods to effectively clean around the piercing.
Betadine (povidone-iodine) or Hibiclens: Just like rubbing alchohol and hydrogen peroxide these chemicals are too harsh for cleaning use. Betadine can also discolor your jewlery. Hibiclens can cause damage to your eyes or ears if it comes in contact with them.