There are various opinions about using sea salt soaks on piercings. Over the years, I have heard people swear by sea salt soaks at the Association of Professional Piercers and then turn around the next year and say we don’t recommend sea salt soaks as if they never recommended them to begin. Let me say, in my opinion, as a professional piercer of twenty-four years, I like sea salt soaks and I like most natural products. I am not a big fan of chemical products or harsh drying soaps. I believe that our body is it's own best healer if we take care of it properly.
I would recommend you use a sea salt soak 2 times a day for the first few weeks to help remove the crusties around the piercing. The salt water will pull the extra fluids out of the piercing and help to remove all the debris. If you ever scrapped your knee or had a cut and went to the ocean, you know how quickly that wound would start to heal over. Salt water is the same concept. To do a sea salt soak, take a few pinches of non iodized sea salt and drop into a clean shot glass of warm water. Soak a cotton swab into the shot glass and then apply it directly onto the piercing. Let it sit about 5 minutes. You can always use a towel around to get the drips up from the salt water.
When finished, rinse with clear water and pat dry with a fresh paper towel or clean dry towel. After the first two weeks, I would cut down to one time a day or as needed. Sea salt soaks are good but as with any good thing, if you over do it, it will dry out the piercing or cause chaffing. Here is where the sea salt spray cans come into play. They are more convenient to use by just spraying on the sea salt which helps with the crusties, lymph and healing. If you prefer the spray cans, go for it.
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