Collar Bone Piercing Care

Collar bone piercing care is extremely important. Your new piercing looks cool, but if it gets infected it can be painful and lead to serious illness or scarring. A collar bone piercing, or any type of surface piercing needs to be cleaned and cared for daily until the skin heals around the jewelry. Once healed, constant vigilance is required as the skin can break open and increase your chances of infection down the road.

Stock up on:
Saline Solution
Cotton Balls

Clean your piercing daily using a cotton ball soaked in saline solution. Pour the saline solution onto a clean cotton ball and lightly press it against the piercing for a few minutes each day. Gently twist the jewelry to keep the skin from sticking and to allow the saline solution to get into the space between your skin and the jewelry. Remove any crusted blood or discharge from around the piercing. Wipe dry with a clean cotton ball. Repeat each morning and evening.

Here are some of our healing tips:
After you get pierced, you should be extremely careful and do your best in cleaning the pierced area. This means, before you touch the piercing, you should always clean your hands with warm water. The best way to protect yourself from infection is to use an antibacterial soap. So before touching the pierced area make sure your hands are clean.

During the showering time - Allow the water from the shower to run onto your piercing, moistening the pierced area.

Never use a washcloth or loofah while cleaning your piercing. Loofahs and washcloths can harbor bacteria from hanging in the shower and may rip or tear your piercing if the jewelry catches on a loop of the cloth or loofah.

Wash the inside of your piercing and the two piercing holes. Rinse your jewelry and the piercing by allowing the water to flow onto piercing area until all the soap is gone from your piercing and jewelry. Pat your piercing and dry it with a disposable paper towel.

Add 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized sea salt to 8 ounces of distilled water in a clean glass and mix thoroughly. Then, apply a small amount of the sea salt solution to a cotton swab. Slowly dab the piercing with the cotton swab, gently wiping away any debris or discharge from the exposed part of the piercing and the surrounding skin.

Some antibacterial ointment is also a great idea to heal your new piercing. So contact your piercing artist for an advice.

Healing and Rejection Rates
As is the case with many surface piercings, the collar bone piercing can be met with rejection by the wearer's body. Treating the item as a foreign and unwelcome intrusion in the natural biology of the skin, many people have not been able to keep a lasting collar bone piercing for more than a few months. The body heals itself and subsequently pushes and moves the metal jewelry towards the foremost surface of the epidermis, creating a less appealing and undesirable look. Also, there is usually some permanent scarring following the procedure. In order to determine what your chances of rejection are with this style of body art, sit down for a consultation with an experienced professional piercer.

Additionally, adhere to the following:
Don't touch the piercing more than absolutely necessary, and wash your hands first.

Don't take the jewelry out before the piercing has healed (4-6 weeks).

Do not apply anti-bacterial soaps or ointments to the piercing.

Keep sheets and blankets meticulously clean and don't rest your piercing on a dirty surface.

Stay hydrated and healthy so that your piercing heals as quickly as possible.

See a piercing professional and a doctor if you notice redness, swelling, pus or a funky odor coming from the piercing.

Things to Consider
There are always things to consider when planning on new body art. Since this is a more recent style of skin piercing, make it a point to investigate what level of experience your piercer has in this area. Also, be sure to seek the skills of a verified trained professional. This person will understand and practice aseptic techniques when engaging with any form of body piercing.

Body Modification
Piercing Pain & Rejection
Body Piercing-Healing Phase