You wouldn’t think much would change depending on the time of year you decide to get your new piercing but there are definitely important points to consider. If you’ve gotten a piercing recently, your piercer likely went through aftercare instructions and told you that you won’t want to submerge your new piercing in a lake or chlorinated water for 6-8 weeks, which can be difficult depending on the piercing, especially during the summer months. This is why we created our “Cover-It!” kits and added them to our aftercare line. We made them easy to use and very effective in keeping a new piercing dry.
It’s important to remember that a fresh piercing is in fact a wound so it’s best to treat it as such. Pools, hot tubs, and other forms of chlorinated water are filled with harsh chemicals that can be very hard on a healing piercing. There is also the fact that there are microorganisms and other pathogens in the water. When it comes to water that is not treated or disinfected such as lakes, ponds, and rivers, there is concern about the cleanliness of the water. These bodies of water can contain pollution, runoff, parasites, bacteria, and viruses. All of which can cause anywhere from minor to major issues with your new piercing. These issues can range from simple irritation to a full-on infection that requires antibiotics. If you’re going on vacation and will be near an ocean, this is typically okay because it is saltwater. We do still recommend washing and soaking your piercing almost immediately after being in the water as a precaution.
Piercings on the ears and face can be more difficult to cover but for these, we just recommend keeping your head above water. For things like navel piercings, dermals, surface piercings, and new nipple piercings, we recommend covering them with our water-proof “Cover-It!” bandage packs. These can be cut to fit the piercing that you’re wanting to cover. Included inside are a piece of thick, sterile gauze and a transparent ‘dressing.’ The gauze goes on first and then you’ll peel the backing from the dressing and apply over the top. You’ll want to make sure that it is securely attached to the skin around the piercing site. Once it’s secure, peel the paper from the front side of the dressing which creates the waterproof barrier. After you’re done with water activities, you’ll simply remove both pieces and clean them thoroughly with your sea salt and glycerin soap.
Our ‘Cover-It!’ packs can be found at any of our 7 locations or on our webstore here. They come in single packs and 4 packs so whether you have a vacation or a day at the beach planned, there’s an option for you!