Care is important
Aside from intimate and oral piercings, the care of a piercing is standard regardless of the location. First, you need to wash your hands thoroughly, as you always should before you touch the piercing or stud. Despite thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the earring or stud, it should only be touched on the ball. To remove crust that may develop on the earring or stud, a variety of methods can be used:
- • Soak under the shower
- • Spray the area with an appropriate disinfectant (e.g. 2nd Skin cleanser or Octenisept®), and carefully remove the particles using your fingers or with a clean cloth or paper towel (do not use a material that leaves fibers as these can be difficult to remove from the piercing).
Then disinfectant is sprayed onto both surfaces of the piercing and the earring or stud is rotated back and forth within the piercing 4-5 times to allow the disinfectant to enter the piercing canal. Excess disinfectant can be removed using a clean cloth. This procedure should be repeated each morning and evening and whenever the piercing gets dirty.
We highly recommend the use of an appropriate disinfectant and advise against the use of creams, which tend to block the piercing canal. More than one product should not be used simultaneously. The 2nd Skin disinfectant is effective for all piercings. It’s easy to use and doesn’t cause pain.
Due to perspiration and dust, a piercing should continue to be cleaned even after it has healed, with rotation and twisting of the jewelry during showering. Depending on the location, a piercing can close enough to prevent reinsertion of an earring in as little as a few hours, therefore the jewelry should be worn almost constantly. In case of an infection, the jewelry should not be removed as this could aggravate it further. In case of doubt, contact us, whoever performed the piercing or a doctor.
Tips for belly button piercings
Belts with large buckles should not be worn as they irritate the piercing unnecessarily and in the worst case, the jewelry could be torn out. Also to be avoided are pants that are too tight, which rub the piercing, or could get caught in it. During the initial few weeks, clothes should be worn that cover the pierced area unless a bandage is applied to ensure it stays clean (note: the bandage may need to be changed every few hours).
Tips for tongue piercings
The best way to care for a tongue piercing is with a mouth wash or 2nd Skin Cleaning Solution. A commonly used product is Octenisept® (don’t swallow any!). However, excessive use of mouth wash should be avoided as the moth flora can be disturbed. Frequent rinsing with cool mineral water is helpful. The following points should be regarded during the first 48 hours:
- Don’t continue with smoking right away
- Some swelling should be expected – counteract with cooling focused on the swollen area, e.g. with an ice cube (careful not to over cool) or cold mineral water
- Rinse thoroughly with water after every meal/li>
- Avoid hot or spicy food and drinks
- Drink cold mineral water or chamomile tea
Using your teeth to manipulate the jewelry should be avoided as this can cause damage to your teeth. It may be tempting to use the jewelry as a kind of toy, but the damage that this can cause is well documented.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
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What is our skin made of?
With a surface area of approximately 2 m2, the skin is the largest organ of our body and has multiple functions. The skin is comprised of three layers: the outer-most layer, or epidermis, the middle layer, or dermis, and the inner most hypodermis.
What happens during a piercing?
As piercings pass through all three layers of the skin; the functions of the skin are locally interrupted / reduced at the site of the injury.
What causes wound infection?
Microorganisms can enter the healing wound after a piercing. The sterile technique and instruments used are only the immediate measures for the prevention of wound contamination during the piercing procedure. Thereafter, contamination of the healing piercing is facilitated by the stresses of daily life, such as perspiration, dust/dirt, and itching or touching of the wound.
What are the symptoms of wound infection?
When a wound in the skin becomes infected, the body reacts with four important symptoms: A lite reddening and swelling of the infected area. The infected area also becomes slightly painful and warmer compared to the surrounding area. The presence of these symptoms is however no reason to panic; the body is simply starting to react to the infection with its defense mechanisms. Lastly, the wound becomes encased in a sheath with anti-biotic qualities for protection from bacteria.
What is pus?
Piercings cause injury to the skin, and the resultant immune reaction includes increased production of macrophages, white blood cells that engulf and digest cellular debris, foreign substances, and microbes. Occasionally, pus may be excreted, an opaque liquid consisting of dead white blood cells and bacteria with tissue debris and serum.
What is a secretion?
The healing process continues until the bacteria are cleared and new skin is formed. Even after complete healing of the skin, the area can continue to excrete pus. This is generally composed of dead cells and cellular material being expelled by the body.
Why should I use a cleaning solution?
Use of a cleaning solution supports the natural healing process. Depending on the type and location of a piercing, various solutions are utilized. In the case of strong pain or inflammation, a doctor should be consulted, who can prescribe the appropriate medication. It is extremely important to ensure that the wound is protected from contamination. Infections, particularly those in the nipple or cartilage of the ear, can lead to serious injury to the body, and once established, an infection can last a long time. That is one reason why it’s so important to take a serious approach and not to neglect the cleaning and care of a piercing. Those who abide by the rules are sure to get a lot of pleasure from their piercing.
We are happy to answer any questions
The nickel allergy
What are the signs of a nickel allergy?
A key sign of nickel allergy is formation of eczema in areas of contact between nickel-containing metal and the skin, including inflammation, itching and formation of blisters. With increasing sensitivity, the symptoms extend to beyond the area of contact, most commonly under the arms and on the face, in severe case completely covering the skin.
What causes nickel allergy?
Nickel allergy is caused by extended contact between nickel-containing objects and the skin, whereby nickel is released into the skin and comes into contact with cells of the immune system. The allergic reaction can spread throughout the skin via the lymph system and blood. Nickel allergy is not inherited, but once acquired, remains life-long in most cases.
How can nickel allergy be prevented?
A nickel allergy can be prevented by using nickel-free materials. Also other fasion accessories such as glasses frames or clothing fixtures can cause an allergy if in constant contact with the skin. Determination of whether an object releases nickel in contact with the skin is easily achieved using a nickel test available in every pharmacy.
Do I have to avoid all contact with nickel?
Complete avoidance of nickel is hardly possible. Nickel is present in many objects used on daily basis, including coins, silverware, umbrellas, and door knobs. Food stuffs and dental fillings can also contain nickel. However, these things generally don’t play a role in the development of nickel allergy; caution is necessary only for individuals with extremely severe nickel allergy.
Are there laws / regulations regarding nickel?
The amount of nickel that objects can release is regulated by law, and may not exceed 0.5 micrograms per cm2 per week. This amount of nickel release can be reliably detected using the nickel tests available in every pharmacy. Additional information is available from the Department of Health at: www.bag.admin.ch.
Are you in an establishment that is working professionally?
- Is it clean and orderly? Are the personnel friendly? Does it give a good impression?/li>
- Are animals present? There shouldn’t be animals in the piercing areas.
- Do you feel good and well? Are you healthy and not taking medication? Only then are you ready.
- Do you receive thorough and professional consultation? Do the staff take sufficient time for you?
- Ask about the jewelry for a new piercing. Titanium, gold and PTFE are best (stainless steel only if Implantanium/nickel-free).
- Make sure the piercer works using sterile technique. They should disinfect their hands and wear gloves.
- The piercing equipment should be sterilized and sealed in an air-tight container. The equipment should be placed on a sterile tablet.
- The piercing needle (cannula) should be in its package, unopened and unused – the needles are single-use.
- After the piercing, give yourself a few minutes before standing up. Take time after the piercing to talk with the staff and learn all you can. Don’t be in a hurry.
- Halte Dich strikt an die Pflegeanweisungen, welche Dir beim Termin übergeben werden.
And lastly, the golden rule for all piercing customers:
Make sure that everything is explained to you and ask all questions that come to mind. There are no dumb questions when it comes to your body or health!
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have
“Mama, Papa, I want a piercing”
Aa topic many parents don’t agree on.
One sometimes has the feeling that parents respond to their children reflexively, without taking the time to think objectively and seriously about piercings.
It could be due to a lack of time, disinterest, or fear of the unknown.
Nevertheless, it is important not to leave your child to themselves when it comes to the decision of where to get a piercing.
Information is crucial:
It’s much better to obtain advice and information from experienced and qualified professionals than to trust second-hand sources.
At 2nd Skin, we don’t just consider the age of person, but rather the whole individual. Anyone capable of maintaining a piercing, and for whom no medical or aesthetic counter indications apply, can get a piercing.
Medical counter indications include:
- Still extensive growth expected
- Desired body location with a high risk for infections
- A high risk of complications
An aesthetic counter indication is for example, an excessive request
Unfortunately, not all piercers and physicians abide by the law, and perform piercings in minors without serious consideration. Not to mention the many black-market and hobby piercers.
You should realize that if your child really wants to get a piercing, it is very difficult to prevent them from doing so. Therefore, take the initiative to inform yourself appropriately and ensure that they consult an experienced and responsible establishment. Take time to visit several establishments with your child to get a first-hand view of the facilities and how professional they work.
The piercer must:
- Use sterile single-use needles (indwelling venous cannula)
- Nickel-free jewelry for new piercings
- Provide sufficient information regarding care of the piercing
A telephone call alone is insufficient to get the whole picture of an establishment. You need to visit.
Nothing is more important than the safety of your child