The world of piercing jewellery is vastly diverse, and ever-changing: from various gemstones—amber, amethyst, ruby, quartz, and sapphire—to copper, brass, and even various types of wood. Today with modern medicine, surgical steel dominates the face of piercing jewellery, especially being a non-porous material which will not react to body fluids and discharges readily occurring in fresh piercings. Other materials such as titanium and hypoallergenic Niobium are other choices available. Titanium and Niobium can both be anodized—a process where it is electrically heated to create a wide variety of colours. Moreover, a lot of modern jewellery can be easily customized with different studs, beads, and balls. UV and neon jewellery are more prominently seen among young adolescents, in addition to a variety eclectic styles. I’ve personally noticed a high demand for “shambala” jewellery, especially on navel banana barbells, and as balls for labrets, and circular barbells. Continue reading
1. STOP TOUCHING IT! This is probably the number one cause of irritation. After previously touching god knows what throughout your day, you may want to reconsider absentmindedly fidgeting with your new piercing. Any irritation you cause to the piercing, will delay its healing process. If you wouldn’t stick your hands in your mouth, why make contact with an open wound that is your piercing? Check out this article on things you touch everyday that are filthier than a toilet.
2. Max and Mr. Snuggles. I love animals. You love animals. We all love animals. However, pet dander is a leading cause of infection. So while you’re snuggling with kitty cat who’s affectionately seated right on your new navel piercing, you’re slowly infecting your piercing with millions of microscopic cells. It doesn’t matter whether you’re naked or fully clothed frankly, because dander is microscopic, and it is airborne. Maybe re-think having your favourite furry friend sleeping in your bed with you, too. Continue reading