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How to Protect New Piercings While Tanning

Fashion is something that virtually everyone can identify with, be it a man, woman or child. One of the oldest fashion trends for both genders is shallow piercings. Body piercing dates back to the beginning of humanity, from the ancient Egyptians with stretched out earlobes and lower lips, to ornamental tribal piercings and similar body modifications. Although these civilizations primarily used piercing and stretching for spiritual and cultural purposes, these same trends can be seen in today’s society as a form of fashion.

Today, we have the technology and medicine to ensure that shallow piercing is safe; however, it is up to you to ensure that your pierced skin remains in good condition while it heals. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is neglecting post-piercing care. Not only should you keep your piercing clean and intact, you should also protect it from excessive heat and sun exposure. This includes taking certain precautions when tanning, whether in a bed or in the sun. Read on to learn how to protect your new shallow piercing while you tan.

surface perforations

Shallow piercings are different from traditional piercings in that they don’t go all the way through the skin and out the other side; like ear and navel piercings. Shallow piercings are often seen on the face, on the upper lip or on the cheek. They are also commonly seen on abdomens, arms, and more.

It’s important to protect regular pierced areas when new, but shallow piercings require even more consideration when tanning. You’ll basically treat a surface piercing the same way you would a normal piercing when you tan, but it’s important to take a few extra precautions so you don’t get it infected.

To do:

If your piercing is very new, you should avoid tanning and sun exposure altogether. Wait at least a week before tanning to ensure no infection has formed as a result of the actual tanning. If you were to get a sunburn around the pierced skin, the piercing would take even longer to heal, as well as cause more pain and discomfort, as well as permanent scarring. It also opens you up to a higher risk of post-piercing infection.

Whether you have a superficial or regular piercing, the first step you should take before tanning is to clean the area well. Use an antibacterial soap, clean water, and a clean rag to remove any dirt or germs. Instead of soap, you can also use antiseptic liquids like hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol.

Once it’s clean, make sure not to apply sunscreen, suntan lotion, or oil near the area. This can also cause infection, pain, swelling, and discomfort.

To prevent sunburn and product contamination, cover pierced skin with a bandage. Just make sure that the adhesive from the bandage does not get into your piercing hole. For added security, consider covering the bandage with another bandage, such as medical gauze or a clean washcloth. In fact, this is recommended for larger surface perforations.

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