I don't know if I would consider these errors, but I was taught some slightly different methods
In general, body piercings
-- but especially the more sensitive
areas of the body -- dry out and are irritated
by antibacterial soaps, or any cleansers, really. The best solution is to soak the piercings in hot water with Iodine
-free sea salt
dissolved in it. The solution should be about 1 teaspoon sea salt to 1 cup of water. The best way I found to soak nipples
is to use two shot-glasses
is right in saying that you should never try to pick off crusty
stuff (yum) -- because it reacts like picking off a scab
-- it will scar
. Also along those lines, when you are soaking, you should not move the jewelry
through the piercing -- there is no need, and you will only cause scarring inside. If you soak frequently (two times a day for ten minutes each) in the first month or two, things should heal
nicely. Just because you are not turning the jewelry inside
the piercing does not mean
that it will stick to the skin
. The idea that we need to spin
our jewelry comes from the piercing gun booth at the mall
-- it's not needed, and will cause harm.
After you soak, run warm
water over the piercings. Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel
-- less chance of germs than from a cloth towel.
Do not allow anyone to put their hands
on your piercings for a minimum of 4 weeks -- longer if the area is not already healing.
And last -- sleep
with a shirt
on for the first couple of months. Just trust me on this one.