Industrial piercings are basically any piercing spanning the distance from one side of the rim of the ear to the other, connecting two piercing fistulas with one extra long bar. Regardless of how the piercing is placed – horizontally, diagonally or vertically – it is still considered to be an industrial piercing. In European countries, this type of piercing is also known as a scaffold.
When pierced and healed properly, an industrial piercing can be very attractive. It is also one of the most fun and unique piercings to have. If you have decided to get an industrial piercing, you should learn some tips and instructions regarding the aftercare process in order to make sure that the pierced area heals nicely and to prevent any possible infections.
Get the piercing done by a licensed piercer. This is the safest way to prevent or minimize the risk of infections and other complications associated with this procedure. There are plenty of piercing parlors who will give you an industrial piecing, but you’ll want to be careful and find one that employs experienced technicians with high regards for safety and hygiene.
Use cold compresses to reduce pain. After having the piercing done, it is completely normal for the pierced area to hurt for a while. Despite popular beliefs, it is better to use cold compresses to reduce the pain instead of hot ones. Not only that hot compresses will not lessen the pain, but they will also cause more irritation. Cold compresses will numb the pierced area and will therefore minimize the pain.
Clean the pierced area on a daily basis. A daily aftercare routine is one of the best ways to avoid infections. Cleaning the piercing while showering is ideal. Here is how to do that. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap, wet the piercing with plain water, then put a few drops of antibacterial soap on it and work them into a lather with a cotton bud. Use the cotton bud to loosen any crusted discharge and float it off the jewelry or your skin. Leave the antibacterial soap on the piercing for two minutes while rotating the jewelry back and forth. This will allow the disinfectant to penetrate the piercing. Then, rinse with water and air dry thoroughly. Remember to avoid using strong soap, alcohol or peroxide to clean your piercing.
Avoid touching. Do not touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it. It is important to refrain from the urge of touching it, because unwashed hands carry bacteria. Even if your hands are washed, touching too often can cause irritation and trigger inflammation to the pierced area.
Use sea salt wash. As part of the cleaning process, you should also clean the pierced area with saline solution twice a day. You can either purchase a saline solution from the drugstore or make your own by adding ½ teaspoon of non iodized sea salt in a glass filled with warm water. Apply the solution to the pierced area with a sterile cotton ball and then use a clean tissue paper or paper towel to dry it up.
- Cleaning Agents. Never use alcohol swabs, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, betadine, chlorhexidine or methylated spirit to clean the piercing – these kill bacteria but also destroy the healing flesh.
- Exercising. Be careful not to knock the piercing accidentally when playing sports or doing physical activity. You can use a bandage to protect it, but make sure to remove it afterwards and wash the piercing area immediately.
- Swimming. This activity is not forbidden during the healing process, but make sure you only swim for short periods in pools that are treated with chlorine and ozone.
- Sleeping. Use surgical tape to protect the piercing while sleeping. For hygienic reasons, it would also be good to change your pillow case as often as possible. Also, you should try to avoid sleeping on your piercing.
- Vitamins. Research has shown that vitamin C and zinc promote wound healing, so take these vitamins to maximize your healing.
- Tightening. This is normal and can occur in all piercings, since the skin at either or both ends can grow tightly against the jewelry. This is not dangerous and will usually resolve by itself is the piercing is rotated.
- Viral infections. Until your piercing has healed, make sure you avoid any other person’s bodily fluids coming in contact with it, since they contain viruses such as Hepatitis A, B, and C, as well as HIV.
These are the main aftercare instructions you need to take into considerations after getting an industrial piercing. By taking proper care of it, your piercing will heal in no tine and with absolutely no problems, so you will be able to enjoy it and show it off faster than you think.