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7 Things Not To Use For Piercings

7 Things Not To Use For Piercings

What do you use to clean piercings? About two years ago, I’ve written a post about things not to use on piercings. Today, I’ll discuss more about that because you are just asking about some crazy stuff to use on piercings. So, that’s what we’re going to be going over in this post.

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Piercing Aftercare Products

First, before we get into this article, let me just say that piercing products or piercing aftercare products do not make your piercing heal faster. You have to let your body do its natural way of healing.

Aftercare products are not going to do that. Aftercare products are meant to clean out any dirt or debris that may collect around your piercing. So, when it comes to aftercare, you need to keep it as simple as possible.

People start getting a little bit too creative with the things that they have at home when it comes to piercing aftercare. And a lot of times, these piercing aftercare things that they find just do more harm than good. As I said, keep it simple.

Learn more about piercing aftercare mistakes.

7 Things Not To Use For Piercings

So let’s talk about more stuff not to use on piercings.

Can I Use Listerine Mouthwash For Piercing?

Let’s start with Listerine mouthwash.

Someone asked if this mouthwash was okay to use on an industrial piercing. Listerine mouthwash contains alcohol, and if you have read my post, that is one thing not to use on piercings. Alcohol dries out your piercing.

For oral piercings, if you already use mouthwash, you would want to use an alcohol-free mouthwash.

Alcohol pads, like I just said previously, alcohol is just too harsh for piercings. It often dries out piercings. So, like alcohol for first aid, any type of alcohol, I’ll just put it out there because, as I said, people get too creative. Stay away from alcohol, alcohol pads, and anything with alcohol in it.

Back when I used to pierce ears and people would come in and I would notice that their piercing was really red or scaly, I would ask them what they were using, and more than likely, it was alcohol.

Can I Use Witch Hazel For Piercing?

So, the ingredients in witch hazel are all-natural distilled witch hazel containing natural green alcohol 14 and witch hazel extract. I mean, right there, it says that it has alcohol in it. So, stay away from it.

But if you don’t know what witch hazel is, it comes from a plant. It’s commonly used in medicine. It does say that it can be used for skin irritations, but remember, a piercing is an open wound. Something that may say that it is good for your skin does not necessarily mean that it is good for an open wound like a piercing.

Can I Use Baking Soda For Piercing?

When I think of baking soda, I think of cleaning my house with baking soda, not cleaning my piercing. So, it’s actually not meant for your skin. It can be very abrasive.

You can ask a dermatologist whether or not to use baking soda on your skin. I’m sure they’re going to say it’s too abrasive, but I definitely wouldn’t use it on an open wound like a piercing.

Can I Use Crushed Aspirin For Piercing?

This is like a big one. Even on Pinterest, I see this all over, but that would mean that you’re using the medicine for what it’s not intended for. So, do I need to say more? No, it is not meant for piercings.

Can I Use Metadine For Piercing?

It is an antiseptic. It is brown in color. It is a form of iodine. It’s not really something that’s recommended anymore.

Similar to Dial soap, Dial soap is something that used to be highly recommended for piercings. Now, not so much, although there are some piercers who still recommend it. But for the most part, it’s not really something that’s recommended anymore.

So, those are some things not to use on piercings.

Can I Use Avalon Antiseptic For Piercing?

Avalon antiseptic is another form of antiseptic that’s not recommended. This one comes in a cream form. I’m not too familiar with it, but it seems similar to Neosporin. Could be wrong.

The reason why antiseptics really aren’t recommended is that, yes, they do kill germs, but they also kill the healing tissue.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap

Let’s talk about Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile liquid soap, the tea tree version, and we’re also going to be talking about the non-scented version.

If you read my article, then you would already know tea tree oil is not recommended for piercings. It is too harsh for piercings. A lot of people say it’s recommended for your skin, but again, your skin and an open wound are not the same thing.

Now, I was very curious about Dr. Bronner’s because Dr. Bronner’s is known to be like an all-natural type of soap. It doesn’t have any harmful chemicals in it. So, I guess one would assume that you can use it.

But upon looking at the ingredients, it has organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, sodium hydroxide, water, organic olive oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, sea salt, and citric acid. So pretty much everything that’s in Dr. Bronner’s soap is not recommended to use on piercings. I would say it’s not recommended to use on piercings.

As I said earlier, you need to keep it as simple as possible when it comes to piercing aftercare. You’re just cleaning out any dirt or debris. Don’t get too creative.

Once you find a product that has more than three ingredients in it, it’s probably not ideal for piercing aftercare.


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