The eyebrow is one of the most popular body parts to get pierced.
This piercing gained popularity in the 1970’s and has become one of the “main” piercings seen on the face. The eyebrow piercing is actually a form of surface piercing, meaning that the needle goes underneath the skin rather than in through one side and out the other.
Like all other piercings, the eyebrow piercing comes with it’s own set of risks if it is not looked after properly during the 6 to 8 week healing period. For example infection, migration/rejection or irritation.
To help you achieve fast and painless healing I have put together a list of eyebrow piercing care tips. Get yourself into a routine of doing the following things naturally to benefit most.
Cleanse Your Eyebrow Piercing
As with any piercing, you need to clean your eyebrow piercing twice daily throughout the 6 to 8 week healing period.
There are a few cleansing techniques you can use. I will explain them to you now and you can choose which one sounds most appealing to you. All of these cleansing methods work equally well.
One of the most versatile cleansing solutions in the world is definitely saline solution. People have been using saline solution for it’s anti-septic properties for centuries and still use it to this day. Just goes to show how effective it really is!
What you will need:
- Sea salt
- Luke warm water
- Cotton pads
- A cup or glass
- disposable towel or cloth
How to use saline solution to cleanse your eyebrow piercing:
Note: Wash your hands using anti-bacterial soap before you even touch your piercing!
- Stir half a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of like warm water.
- Soak your cotton pad in the solution.
- Apply the saline soaked cotton pad to your eyebrow piercing. Make sure to thoroughly soak it.
- Dry your piercing using disposable towel, cloth or tissue.
There many different aftercare solutions available on the market. The available products are specially designed by professionals for use on piercings, so naturally they work very well.
I put together a selection of the best piercing aftercare solutions I have ever used right here.
There is a bit of controversy over whether anti-bacterial soap is safe for use on piercings.
Personally I would say anti-bacterial soap is perfectly safe as long as it is alcohol free soap which is suitable for use on sensitive skin.
When you are purchasing your soap, be sure to check the label to make sure there are no strong chemicals in it.
This is not the best cleansing method to be honest with you. It would be better to use saline solution or piercing aftercare solution.
Wear the Right Jewelry
Like I said, the eyebrow piercing is a form of surface piercing so is prone to rejection. One of the best ways of preventing this from happening to you is by wearing the correct type of jewelry.
Eyebrow piercings require a different type of jewelry to most other surface piercings (which work best with 90° surface barbell). For an eyebrow piercing you should wear a mini curved barbell. Ball Closure Rings are also suitable.
Wear a Larger Gauge Size
This may sound counter-intuitive but one of the top ways to prevent piercing rejection is to wear a larger gauge size.
Smaller gauge sizes in surface piercings can cause a “cheese cutter” effect. The thin jewelry acts as a string used to cut cheese (hence the strange name).
For an eyebrow piercing you should go for a gauge size of 16G or 14G.
Choose High Quality Jewelry
Low quality body jewelry and even steel jewelry is known to contain trace amounts of nickel, which many people are sensitive to.
Even a trace amount of nickel would be enough to cause a reaction and/or irritation in individuals who are sensitive to it.
Go for 100% nickel free jewelry materials such as titanium, BioPlast/BioFlex, gold, silver, platinum or acrylic (only use acrylic as a last resort, it is not very good for piercings at all).
Get Your Eyebrow Pierced by a Professional
If it not too late to change this part, please make sure you pick your piercer very carefully.
Your piercer should e fully certified, you can even ask to see proof of their certifications, just to be sure. You should also ask how experienced they are in eyebrow piercings specifically and ask to see some of their previous work in their portfolio (all good piercers should have a portfolio).
All the equipment which is to be used should be autoclaved beforehand and laid out in front of you whilst the piercing is being done. The needle should be brand new and fresh out of a sealed package.
The average price of an eyebrow piercing is £15 – £25. You may have to pay a bit extra for the jewelry.
Other Eyebrow Piercing Care Tips
Here I am going to give you some more tips to help your eyebrow piercing heal as quickly, smoothly and painlessly as possible.
Try to use all of these tips in your daily life. This way you should be able to avoid irritation, rejection and infection.
- Always wash your hands using anti-bacterial soap before touching your piercing
- Do not wear makeup on your eyebrow piercing
- Avoid using alcohol, epsom salts, hydrogen peroxide or any other strong chemicals on your piercing
- Wear a plaster on your piercing when you go to the hairdressers
- Do not sleep on the side where your piercing is
- Avoid using creams, lotions or anti-biotic ointments
As with all piercings, if you look after your eyebrow piercing it will heal up much quicker and with less problems.
The eyebrow piercing is the easiest to look after out of all of the different types of surface piercings out there.
Just make sure you cleanse your piercing twice daily using either saline solution or piercing aftercare products. Wear the right type of jewelry, which should be of a larger gauge size and preferably made from titanium, BioPlast/BioFlex, gold or silver. You should also avoid alcohol and other strong chemicals.
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