Sea salt cleanses serve as a quick, cheap home remedy that is effective for the after-care of a piercing. Sea salt soaks help the piercing to heal, reduce swelling and redness, clean the area and prevent infection. Sea salt can also help to ease any discomfort that comes with a brand-new piercing, particularly on sensitive areas of the body.
How to Make a Sea Salt Cleanse
Have high-quality, pure sea salt on hand. Pure sea salt can be purchased at most grocery stores. Drop about 1/8 of a teaspoon (a pinch of salt) into a small cup with an opening able to fit over the pierced area. Turn on the tap water to its hottest setting; after the water gets as hot as you can stand it, fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full. Allow the salt to dissolve.
Applying the Sea Salt Cleanse
If you are able, invert the cup so the liquid inside completely submerges the pierced area. If you are unable to do this, use a Q-tip or cotton swab to gently apply the solution to the piercing. Use a sturdier cup, which may allow you to press the cup into the skin a bit further to create a water seal without damaging the cup. Keep the solution on the piercing until it cools—at least five minutes. When finished, dry the area with a clean towel.
Sea Salt Cleansing Tips
Soaking the pierced area once per day is sufficient. If the piercing is exceptionally red or shows signs of other irritation, increase the soaks to up to three times per day. Solutions made too strong can further irritate a piercing site; be sure your solution has the proper ratio of salt to water by tasting it—the solution should not be saltier than a pretzel. If the swelling, redness and irritation persist despite the soaks, contact a physician—the piercing could be seriously infected.