Infected Industrial Piercing? 5 Step Aftercare Tips to Try!

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A straight barbell joins an outer helix piercing to a forward helix piercing in the industrial piercing, making it two piercings in one. Erik Dakota named and popularised this piercing in the early 1990s.

Body Play magazine published the first mention of the industrial piercing (then known as the “industrial ear project”) in 1992, among the first examples of daith and rook piercings.

In its most basic form, an industrial piercing consists of two holes joined by a single piece of jewelry, most commonly a barbell. With so few limitations, the scope for personalization is practically infinite. You might have an elegant bar or a very simple one.

You have the option of using jewels or smooth steel. While industrial piercings have traditionally been associated with a punk or grunge appearance, the customization component means they may take on any vibe you desire.

When you notice alarming pus or reddish skin around your infected ear piercing, you’ll probably ask yourself, “Why does it happen to me?” In the sections below, you’ll discover how to treat it and what you’ll need to get it back to normal as quickly as possible. There is also a step-by-step cleaning procedure.

What is an Industrial Piercing Aftercare Regimen?

An industrial piercing’s aftercare is comparable to that of any other piercing, however, because an industrial piercing is actually two cartilage piercings, proper aftercare is crucial to avoid extended recovery. First, go to your local piercing store and get these piercing aftercare basics. You can also make your own SSS using our straightforward method.

  • Cotton balls 
  • Piercing aftercare spray 
  • Sea salt solution (SSS)
  • Tea tree oil or jojoba oil are both good options.

Cleaning Routine For Industrial Piercing 

Connecting two piercings with a single piece of jewelry isn’t the easiest thing for your body to adjust to, therefore it’s crucial to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Step 1: Wash your hands First

Clean and sanitized hands are most important. Because a new piercing is an open wound, touching it with unwashed hands increases the possibility of infection.

Step 2: Use SSS(SEA Salt Solution) Regularly

Soak a clean cotton ball in sea salt solution (SSS) twice a day and gently press it against your piercings for a minute or two. Soak both the interior and outside of both industrial piercings for five minutes twice. You could also fill a glass with SSS and submerge your piercing for the same period of time by tilting your head sideways.

Step 3: Dry Piercing

After your piercing is soaked, pat it dry with a clean, dry cotton ball or face tissue. Make sure not to snag your jewelry!

Step 4: Piercing Aftercare Spray

Using a bottle of piercing aftercare spray, rinse 3-4 times a day between cleanings to flush out debris and provide cooling relief. Apply a tiny amount of tea tree oil or jojoba oil, all-natural moisturizers and antiseptics, around the piercing if you’re suffering persistent redness or discomfort.

Step 5: Don’t Sleep on it during Healing Period

  • They must be washed with saline every day, pressure must be avoided, and the most difficult part is that they cannot be slept on during the healing period. They demand a significant amount of time and patience.

To avoid snagging your jewelry, you’ll need to be extra cautious with the industrial piercing in addition to the standard care. Hair can easily become entangled in the industrial barbell, causing it to tug on the jewelry.

It’s very simple to injure the skin when getting cartilage piercings, which can lead to issues including hypertrophic scarring. As a result, some people use cartilage studs as a temporary solution until their industrial piercing heals.

Summing Up: 

If swelling strains your ear uncomfortably against your jewelry, or if you develop a rash or other signs of an allergic reaction, see your piercer straight away. In these cases, a new size of jewelry or different material may be required.

Consult your doctor if the skin around your piercing gets hot to the touch, reddened, or discharges thick, yellowish pus, or if you develop a fever. These are all signs of infection, and antibiotics may be required to treat them.

You don’t have to stop wearing your industrial piercing if you get an infection – just follow your doctor’s instructions and keep up with your aftercare routine.