Navel Piercing Care

Navel piercing care is the second most important part of this type of piercing. The most important thing is to be certain that you receive your piercing from a qualified professional piercer who works in a sanitary environment with sterile needles.

Navel piercing care is important to help prevent infection in your newly pierced skin. A piercing is an open wound and it should be cared for like one. Here are some tips to help you follow good navel piercing care.

Keep It Clean
It's vital to keep your navel cleaned. Use an antibacterial soap twice a day, but not more than that. Too many antibacterial additives will interfere with your body's natural bacteria fighting system.

Pat It Dry
Don't use a cloth towel to dry the pierced area because it can transfer bacteria, as well as fibers. Instead, gently pat the area dry with some gauze or tissues.

Salt Is Good
Mix up a diluted salt solution and apply it to soak off any scabs or dried blood. The best way to do this is mix about ½ teaspoon of sea salt with ¼ cup of warm water. Put the solution into a small glass and lie down on a towel. Pour the solution into your navel and let it stay for about 15 minutes while you have a little catnap.

Should You Rotate?
Talk to your professional body piercer about whether you should rotate your piercing. Some people believe in rotating the jewelry in order to help keep the hole open. Others think it causes irritation that slows healing time. Raise any concerns with the piercer and follow the instructions you are given.

Navel piercing is one of the most popular types of piercings, but it can be one of the most difficult to heal. Your navel piercing can take from six months to a year to heal completely. Curved barbells allow for the safest and fastest healing. Try to avoid wearing tight waistbands or activities that involve frequent bending. Wearing a tight waistband can push the ring over to the side, which could cause your piercing to heal crookedly and leave a scar. Too much pressure could cause the piercing to fall out or move.

Your professional piercer will give you instructions regarding the proper navel piercing care. Be sure to follow them carefully to avoid problems and keep your navel piercing looking great.

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