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Saline Solution Vs Alcohol

Which one is better??

Saline Solution (Sea Salt Water) VS Rubbing Alcohol


There is never one single remedy that will be communicated to you when asking for advice on how to take care of a piercing… though there should be. Saline Solution or ‘Seasalt Water’ is the safest and least harmful method to promote fast healing times and the overall well being of your piercing.


Other remedies such as Rubbing Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide are harsh, painful, and not to mention they will dry out your piercing resulting in longer healing times. These products are antiseptics/disinfectants used on the skin to prevent infection of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. For this reason, alcohol is used before the procedure to clean the area the piercer will be piercing.


Saline Soak


The single best thing you can do for your piercing is to keep up a regular regimen of saltwater soaks. These flush out the piercing, help to draw out discharge, stimulate blood circulation, and soothe irritations. We strongly suggest soaking your piercing at least twice a day—more often if 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

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

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

3. Spray after Inked Piercing Aftercare directly onto the pierced area and allow 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:


  • After Ink

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