Anonymous asked:

Is it safe to clean a new ear piercing with Neosporin? I hear so many people say you shouldnt use that, but then there are others who say it works wonders...

safepiercing answered:

  • Ointments like Neosporin are not intended for use on puncture wounds (which is what a piercing is basically).
  • The ingredients are a bit strong, and can lead to allergic reactions in some people.
  • Ointments can create a moist barrier against air which can lead to the piercing becoming irritated.
  • Ointments can also clog a piercing site and keep it from draining properly. 

Basically ointments are the wrong aftercare product for a whole bunch of reasons. What you want is something gentle to rinse the area, like wound wash saline spray, or a gentle sea salt solution (1 teaspoon of sea salt in a gallon of distilled water, or 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in 8 ounces of distilled water). 

You want passive aftercare. You’re gently rinsing the site and allowing the body to heal rather than being aggressive and trying to force it to heal with harsh chemicals. Don’t think antibacterial, think bacterial avoidance.

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach