Body piercing is an art gifted to human race since long time. And this form of body modification is in trend since its birth. There are many body piercing myth need to be debunked
The oldest mummy has been found with earrings. Nose piercing dates back to 1500 B.C. Lip and tongue piercings were eminent among African and American tribes. Nipple and genital piercing have been the part of various cultures. In Western culture, body piercing gained immense popularity post World War 2. The piercing sites other than the ears were popular in the 1970s and expanding to mainstream in 90s.
80% American women have ear piercing while 14% have belly button piercing. Even after travelling a long journey, there are myriad of myths floating inside the mind of people regarding body piercing. Let’s get our facts clear in this article for care-free and healthy body piercing in future.
Body Piercing Myth # 1: Using Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Piercing:
FACT: Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are good disinfectant. But they shouldn’t be used to clean your piercing. They cause strong burning sensation which can damage your tissues and delay healing times. Instead, clean your piercing with saline water. Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean your jewelry.
Body Piercing Myth # 2: Use Antibacterial Lotion on Piercing Wounds:
FACT: Heavy ointments and lotions may cut the air supply from the wounds, thereby worsening the problem. Use the cream suggested by your piercing artist.
Body Piercing Myth # 3: Piercings Can Be Done at Home. It is Easy Like That:
FACT: Skin piercing is a critical task as minor mistakes can lead to serious injuries. Some piercings like ear piercing can be done at home only when you have experience and confidence as well. But you shouldn’t do it if it is near to the eye or on the tongue. Therefore, it does make sense to consider a professional for all piercings job.
Body Piercing Myth # 4: Twisting and Moving Jewelry Speed Up Healing and Prevent Jewelry from Getting Stuck:
FACT: This is not true. Twisting and moving your jewelry won’t help in healing. On the contrary, it can worsen a new piercing. Pulling or twisting can let the debris enter the piercing, thereby making (piercing) prone to bacterial infection. It can also disturb the healing as it disrupts the skin around it from healing. Top of that, handling jewelry with contaminated hands are another solid reason why piercing can be infected.
Body Piercing Myth # 5: Cartilage Piercing Can Heal in Weeks
FACT:Cartilage piercings take long time to heal which can be anywhere between 6 and 9 months. If you have more than one cartilage piercing, the healing period will be more than 9 months, as your body has to heal more injuries at the same time.
So these are the common misconceptions about piercings you shouldn’t believe anymore. Keep three things in mind—get it done from a professional piercing artist, choose good jewelry and stick to aftercare. Follow the instructions of your piercing artist.