Fashion is something that practically everyone can relate to, be it a man, a woman or a child. One of the oldest fashion trends for both genders is shallow piercings. Body piercings date back to the beginning of mankind, from ancient Egyptians with stretched earlobes and lower lips, to ornamental tribal piercings and similar body modifications. Although these civilizations mainly used piercings and stretches for spiritual and cultural purposes, you can see these same trends in today’s society as a form of fashion.
Today, we have the technology and medicine to ensure surface drilling 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 your 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 bed or in the sun. Read on to learn how to protect your new shallow piercing while you tan.
Superficial piercings are different from traditional ones, since they do not go completely through the skin and come out the other side; like the piercings in the ears and the navel. Superficial piercings are often seen on the face, upper lip, or cheek. They are also commonly seen on the abdomen, arms, and more.
It’s important to protect regular pierced areas when new, but surface piercings require even more consideration when tanning. You’ll basically treat a surface piercing the same way you would a normal one when tanning, but it’s important to take extra precautions so you don’t get infected.
If your piercing is very new, you should avoid tanning and sun exposure altogether. Wait at least a week before tanning to make sure no infection has formed as a result of the actual appointment. If you had a sunburn around your pierced skin, the piercing would take even longer to heal, as well as causing more pain and discomfort, as well as permanent scarring. It also exposes you to an increased risk of post-piercing infection.
Whether you have a shallow or regular piercing, the first step to take before tanning is to clean the area thoroughly. Use an antibacterial soap, clean water, and a clean cloth to remove dirt or germs. Instead of soap, you can also use antiseptic liquids like hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
Once it’s clean, be sure not to apply sunscreen, tanning lotion, or oil near the area. This can also cause infection, pain, swelling, and discomfort.
To avoid sunburn and product contamination, cover pierced skin with a bandage. Just make sure the adhesive from the bandage doesn’t get into the hole in the piercing. For added security, consider covering the bandage with another bandage, such as medical gauze or a clean washcloth. In fact, it is recommended for larger surface holes.