Piercing: 15 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 2)


We really surprised you with the first set of surprising facts that you didn’t know about piercing in our part one article, and we have finally returned with part two! Piercings are a “body mod” trend that is sweeping the nation and is only becoming more popular. We have finally brought to you the top eight most surprising facts that everyone should know about piercing!

Number Eight: Healing Time

Because of the differences in skin thickness and blood flow in various parts of the body, the healing time for each type of body location is likely to fluctuate. Because earlobes, tongues, and lips have an increased blood flow in comparison to the rest of the body, they will heal the fastest and be least likely to become infected.

Number Seven: The Healing Balance

While it is important to keep a pierced area clean, it is also important not to over-clean it. Over-cleaning can result in intense drying out of the wound (which requires moisture to heal), improper healing or prolonged healing, and increased risk of infection. The professionals recommend a light cleaning about twice a day, and to avoid harsh chemicals such as iodine.

Number Six: Go Ointment-Free

It is often assumed that applying antibiotic ointment to a piercing would aid its healing process as it would to a cut. However, these healing ointments can actually cause the area to become sticky, making it attract foreign particles of dust, dirt, and other things that you should be trying to keep out by cleaning.

Number Five: Do Your Research

As surprising as it is, laws do very little to keep us from making detrimental piercing decisions. The action of piercing is not federally regulated, and only regulated on a state level in a handful of areas. Tattoo artists need a license to open up shop, but literally anyone could start up a piercing parlor. Therefore, it is highly important to do your research on a parlor and its sterilization procedures before making a potentially disastrous decision. One of the best ways to assure your medical safety is to ask for a walk-through of the location’s sterilization procedures and equipment storage; if they refuse, it’s best to find another piercer.

Number Four: The Risk of Keloids

One of the most common medical complications of getting a piercing is the formation of a keloid. A keloid is a small bump formed from the healing of a wound, such as a piercing. Although the bump itself is harmless, it can have an unwanted cosmetic effect, especially when occurring on the face. These bumps are most often found on pierced cartilage, such as the nose or upper ear, and are more common among 10-20 year-olds and people of African or Asian descent.

Number Three: Importance of Sterilization

If you have been living under a rock and haven’t yet discovered the dangers of sharing needles, receiving piercings from unsterilized or poorly handled equipment can lead to the contraction of a variety of diseases. Contaminated needles can transmit life-threatening diseases, such as tetanus, HIV, AIDS, or hepatitis.

Number Two: Avoid the Piercing Gun

The piercing gun is a completely outdated option for piercings. In some cases, the gun can be the optimal choice for piercing only ear lobes, but it can still be risky. This device has to be sterilized by hand between uses because it cannot be accomplished with an industrial autoclave. Therefore, patients have to trust that their piercer did a good job cleaning it. In addition, the force created by a piercing gun can cause intense trauma to any piercing location that is not an ear lobe. This can damage not only the skin but the body part itself.

Number One: Get the Details

It is important that you are comfortable with the artist performing your piercing, and they should be open to answering any and all of your questions. After the procedure, a good piercing artist will provide you with a set of written instructions and guidelines to care for and clean your new piercing. If they do not, feel free to take some of your artist’s time to ask any question you might have and take notes. We hope you enjoyed reading through our list of the 15 surprising facts you didn’t know about piercing!