Saline Solution vs Alcohol: Tattoo Care

Saline Solution (Sea Salt Water) VS Rubbing Alcohol

There is never one single remedy that will be communicated to you when you ask for advice on how to take care of your piercing… though there really should be only one.

Saline Solution, or ‘Sea-salt Water’, is the safest and least harmful method to promote fast healing times and the overall health of your piercing.

Other remedies like; Rubbing Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide are harsh, painful, and will without a doubt dry out your piercing causing longer healing times.

These products are antiseptics and disinfectants, primarily used on the skin to prevent infection of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, aka not meant for body modifications.

For the same reason, alcohol is used before the procedure to clean the area of your piercing.

Saline Soak

The single best thing you can do for your piercing is to keep up a regular regimen of saltwater soaks. Saltwater soaks flush out your piercing. They help to draw out discharge, stimulate blood circulation, and soothe irritation.

We strongly suggest soaking your piercing at least twice a day and even more often than that if the healing is difficult.

How to Make Your Own Sea Salt Water Soak:

¼ Teaspoon + 1 cup (8oz) Water

Saline Spray

Sterile saline solutions are convenient, portable cleaning options. While rinsing with saline solution doesn’t promote increased blood flow to the area the way that a warm soak does, it does provide a quick cleaning fix if you’re at work, traveling, or someplace where soaking isn’t an option.

Proper Cleaning Methods (Saline Spray)

1. Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning your piercing.

2. Before using the Saline spray, spray a small amount in the air to test the stream.

3. Spray North York Ink Piercing Aftercare directly onto the pierced area and allow it to dry.

4. If desired, you can spray it onto a sterile gauze and place it gently over the area for 5-10 minutes.

5. Repeat 3-6 times per day or as often as needed.

Suggested Saline Spray Brands:

  • North York Ink Saline Spray

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