How to Take Care of a Cartilage Piercing aka Helix Piercing

Learn everything you need to know about a cartilage piercing, aka helix piercing, from professional body piercer Dana Dunn in this Howcast video.

Transcript

My name's Dana Dunn. I've been working in the piercing business going on 6 years now. I do typically about 3,000 to 4,000 a year. I work at Pins and Needles Tattoo. We have a website pinsandneedlesportland.com. Piercing is my life and I'm going to talk to you about body piercing. Cartilage piercing, if it's done properly, it is done with a needle. You should not get cartilage piercings done with what they call a gun, a piercing gun, and it should be done with a hoop. Healing for it, what I recommend is an antibacterial soap like Dial hand soap at least two to three times a day. And you want to rotate the jewelry when you're cleaning it and only when you're cleaning it. You never want to touch the jewelry with dirty hands or anything like that, and you wanna make sure that it moves when you're cleaning it and that's it. Other then that, you don't want to mess with it. You want to keep the hoop in place for at least four weeks before you put a stud in. You wanna make sure that it is healed before you do put a stud in because studs don't have a lot of room to move around. Again, the antibacterial soap is the best thing for it. People also use first aid cleaners like bacteen, first aid spray, or a product called H2Ocean, which is a sterile sea salt spray that speeds up the healing time for cartilage.

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