You’re saying aftercare, but which one do you choose? It may seem like there are a million different types of piercing aftercare out there, and you may be confused about which one is best for you. So, I’m going to go over, in my opinion, the top three. By the end of this article, you should be able to choose which one is best for you.
Piercing Aftercare Tips
Before I get into the actual products, let’s first talk about a few piercing aftercare basics. You’ll notice that all of the piercing aftercare products that I’m going to be mentioning are all sprays, and that is great for a few reasons. One is to avoid touching your piercing. You don’t want to touch, play with, or turn your piercing.
When it comes to piercing aftercare, you’re pretty much using these aftercare sprays to remove any dirt or debris that may collect around your piercing. That brings me to my next point: Piercing aftercare will not heal an infected piercing, and neither will tea tree oil.
When it comes to these sprays, a little bit goes a long way. You only have to apply these sprays two times a day, unless otherwise noted, because there is one that you do have to apply more frequently. Remember, you don’t need anything more than a quick spray. More piercing aftercare does not mean your piercing will heal faster.
Also, be sure to keep your piercing dry. If you decide to dry it, use gauze or one of these little fans. Avoid using towels, cotton swabs, or cotton balls, as the fibers can get stuck in your piercing and cause irritation.
Learn more here: what to do after piercing ears
Piercing Aftercare Products
Now, let’s get started talking about the piercing aftercare products.
We’ll start with the product that has the most ingredients to the least ingredients, which is what piercers typically recommend. You pretty much want to have almost nothing in your piercing aftercare because more ingredients can typically irritate your piercing. These are piercing aftercare products that are known to be piercing-friendly.
H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Product
Let’s start out with H2Ocean.
H2Ocean was one of the first sprays that I ever used, around 10 years ago on my nose piercing. As the name suggests, it’s called H2Ocean because it’s like ocean water in a can, minus all the impurities that are in the ocean. It’s organic and contains only natural enzymes and minerals that are natural to our body. It contains unrefined red sea salt.
Yes, you can make your own saltwater spray, but the problem is some people can put too much or too little, which can be harmful to your piercing, especially if you use too much salt. With H2Ocean, the ratio is already perfect, so you don’t have to worry about using too little or too much in your spray.
It’s recommended to use H2Ocean three to six times a day. Unlike the other piercing aftercare that I’ll be talking about, you can use H2Ocean for many different things.
Back when I used to pierce, I remember H2Ocean provided us with a long list of things you can use it for—razor burn, congestion, and, of course, piercings. There are so many different applications for it. If I can find the list, I’ll leave it right here.
The issue with H2Ocean that I have – you’ll notice it looks a little bit different if you’ve seen H2Ocean before. It normally comes in a blue bottle and it’s normally four ounces.
Studex Advance Piercing Aftercare Product
Next, let’s talk about Studex Advance. This is one of the newer piercing aftercare that I’ve tried, and probably newer to the market. It is a very unique product because, at least for low piercings, you only have to apply this for three weeks. It has a three-week application, which is appealing to a lot of people because I feel like a lot of people don’t like to apply for aftercare until they have a problem with their piercing, and then they regret it.
What also makes Studex Advance unique is the fact that it has an ingredient called hypochlorous, which a lot of products out there don’t have. It’s really good for the skin because it mimics our body’s natural way of healing.
You can also use this to clean your jewelry if you want to. I’ve also read that you can use hypochlorous to clean your produce, which I don’t know how true that is, but I thought it was really interesting so I wanted to share. But be sure to do your research on it.
The Studex Advance has 3.4 fluid ounces, but it is just a regular spray, not like an aerosol can.
NeilMed Piercing Aftercare Product
Next, we have the NeilMed Piercing Aftercare. This is probably the one that’s top-recommended by piercers.
As far as the ingredients, it’s just purified water. Well, it says USP-grade water and USP sodium chloride. So, that is all that’s in it. Piercers recommend keeping it super simple when it comes to your piercing aftercare.
It does come out in a fine mist, but remember, less is more when it comes to applying this. You don’t want to apply a lot. There’s no burning, no stinging.
The reason why a lot of people like the NeilMed piercing aftercare is because you can flip it over and it will still work. So, you can get the hard-to-reach piercings with this. Pretty much, all this is a simple saline wash, which you can find at pretty much every type of pharmacy out there.
So, out of the three different types of aftercare, which one do you plan on using or which one have you used in the past?